The latest magical track by emerging songstress Katie Coleman is a relatable song that musters distinctions of contemporary pop, while it politely nods to themes in 90’s R’n’B.
She was born into a musical family, growing up listening to soul, blues and reggae and at the age of 9, began writing songs and playing shows not long after that.
This is clear to hear in her lyrics, that appear so personal and genuine. This fusion of abrasive synth bass sounds and Destiny’s Child styled vocal arrangements sets the pace well for a memorable and punchy chorus. Katie has already gained a ever-growing fan base with support from Chris Hawkins of Radio 6 Music, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio.
We know your new single ‘Illusion’ is already out but is there anything more in the pipeline for you?
Yes! I have more tracks to come with visuals and many more live shows. I’m next performing at The Gang Show for Teenage Cancer Trust at The Groucho Club on the 22nd October. I’m totally looking forward to that as Professor Green will be also performing, along with some we known acts.
Your single was produced by Toby Scott, who’s worked with artists including Jessie J and Little Mix. What was it like seeing him work creatively with you for your single?
It was so great working with Toby, he’s a lovely guy and very professional. He was so open to all my ideas and let me have a lot of creative control, and I loved that he knew what I was going for in terms of sound. What made it even better is that his studio was the top floor of a castle! It so great for us to work in and it influenced us creatively! He’s a really talented down to earth guy.
What subjects are important for you to convey in your lyrics?
I always just want my lyrics to be real, honest and relatable. I like to try and write things that mean something to me but also for other normal girls and guys. I Have a song which is quite empowering for women, which I think is very important. In this day and age we certainly need women to come together to support and lift each other up because theres still so much hate out there!
Are you planning to explore different styles of music in the future?
Yes definitely. Growing up I listened to a lot of soul and Motown and thats the route I wanted to go down then. But now growing up and growing as an artist, I’ve realised, its so important more than ever to keep evolving and changing otherwise you cant get better and you can’t improve.
You seem to write big pop songs, do you play with a full band live?
Yes, right now thats the way my sound how has gone. However I’ve always loved a good strong melody in a chorus. And live it really works well. I love playing with a band; that was always a dream of mine since I was small! And so, at the moment, our live set up is so sick! I perform along side the best musicians. I’m lucky.
You’re from Darlington. What do you love about the place?
Yes I’m from a little town in the North east! I love that everyone is friendly and whenever I go back its like I’ve never left. Partly because my family are from there and love going back to see them, me and my mum are peas in a pod!
Can you sum up Katie Coleman in three words?