Interview: Recording Artist and Songwriter Katrina Stuart
Pop music and R&B fans, listen up! Canadian teen recording artist Katrina Stuart is in the studio working on her new EP. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Katrina, and sharing a copy of Radio Head for her to read between recording sessions. Maybe it’s because we’re both from Canada, but I had an immediate sense of Katrina’s warmth and friendliness, and wanted to get to know her better. Let’s chat with Katrina!
RL: Where are you from?
KS: I am from Toronto, Canada but am now living and working in Los Angeles, California!
RL: Me too! I grew up in the same hometown as Justin Bieber and Ryan Gosling. I went to college in Toronto, and then moved to Southern California.How did you get started in music?
KS: I got started in music when I was just four years old. I started taking piano lessons at that age and knew that was what I loved. I remember telling my parents that I was born to play the piano and sing at four years old!
RL: That’s so cool. Very people know what they want to do so early in life. What are you working on now?
KS: Right now I am currently in the studio, writing and recording, working on my EP to put out! I am very excited for everyone to hear what I’ve been working on. I perform Pop and R&B. A couple major influences of mine include Alicia Keys, and Rihanna.
RL: Do you write your own music?
KS: I do write my own music, and I also write for other artists as well!
RL: How do you find inspiration for writing?
KS: When I write, I find inspiration by thinking of things that I am going through. But I also put myself in other people’s shoes, because I have not experienced everything yet and I want to be able to relate to other listeners, as well. I always try to think of what they could be going through in their lives.
RL: What kind of music inspires you?
I love listening to all different types of music. I think it is great to listen to it all, and hear different creative ways people are creating their sound.
RL: If you could work with anyone in the music industry, who would it be?
If I had to pick anyone to work with in the music industry it would be Justin Bieber or Drake. I support both of them so much, especially because they are Canadian artists just like me.
RL: Is there a song that always takes you back to a special time in your life, or reminds you of someone close to you?
A song that I connect with really well is “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. I remember as a little girl I would listen to Alicia and watch her sit there and sing and play the piano and that inspired me to do the same thing.
RL: That is a gorgeous song. The way Keys sings makes the lyrics feel so intimate. What do you feel is the toughest part of creating a satisfying musical performance?
I think the toughest part is just to really let loose. Sometimes when you get in front of audiences, you get nervous. What I do is just pretend I’m singing alone in my room and really get into it.
RL: What is the best part about having music in your life?
Music has always been such a huge part of my life. As a kid, I grew up listening to music as my parents would play it through the house all day. Music has helped me through many tough times and takes my stress away. If anything is wrong, I listen to my favourite song or my favourite artist and just forget about all my problems.
RL: I understand you have some very special four-legged friends in your life?
Yes, I love dogs! I have four dogs in Canada that are living with my family back there that I miss very much. I just recently got a new puppy in California for my 17th birthday! I always want to make a dog’s life better so if there is anything I wish people would do, it would be to save a dog’s life. RL: Happy birthday, Katrina! Wishing you every success with your new EP.