Katy Steele is yet another Perth, Australia born and bred artists who in recent years has delved into the world of solo artists following the success of 4 piece band, Little Birdy for many years. Steele has recently been recording her new album and dabbling in a national tour before flying into 2016 full steam! We love having the colourful and forever spontaneous Steele as our latest Mates On Stage, as a self confessed beginner in the In Ear Monitor market, she recognised the need for change and we’re please to be supplying her with her latest set of AF180. Read the quirky answers to some of Katy’s Mates on Stage questions and be sure to follow her adventures via Facebook and Instagram.
Genre : Rock, Pop and everything in between.
Home Town : Perth, Western Australia
The Interview with;
With Karen Lacheta, Audiofly Australia
KL : If you could have a meal made just for you right now, what would it be?
KS : Start off with a fresh fruit salad that contained fresh cherries, mango, strawberries and blueberries. Then some grilled salmon with quinoa and roasted sweet potato. Maybe served with a glass of Sauv Blanc. Then we’d finish with a cheese platter. My fav cheese is Prima Donna which is an aged gouda. Mmmm Yum!
KL: Do you have any pets?
KS: Yes I have a little german shepard puppy named Winnie ! She is only 3 months old ! (check out Katy’s Instagram for cute snaps!)
KL: What’s your favourite place to go and unwind?
KS: Probably a big walk down the beach. That is my favorite place to go when I need to think.
KL: What did 5-year-old Katy dream of doing when she grew up?
KS: When I was super young I wanted to be a zoo-keeper and then I wanted to become a naturopath. When I was around 17 I really wanted to become a film director that just focused on making film clips for bands. I was obsessed with film clips and then I obviously naturally realized I wanted to be in the clips rather than make them.
KL: What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned in your music career?
KS: I guess the most valuable thing I’ve learnt is to follow your gut. There will be plenty of people telling you what they think is best for you, but it’s not their voice or their perspective is it? It’s yours.
KL: Can you recall a gig you played that stands out as definitive for you?
KS: I was asked to open for Paul Kelly on a few theater shows around 2008. We were on down time after the release of our second record and preparing for the third. I was asked to play solo which I’d never really done. So I locked myself away to write, imagining what it would be like to sing my songs without a band. I would have no other instruments to back up the song, so it had to be strong. I set myself the task and ended up writing some of the best songs I had ever written. Most of them are what makes up the Confetti record. The shows were amazing and now, playing solo, for myself it is one of the most rewarding ways to perform. There’s nothing quite like it.
KL: Do you have any advice for vocalists/singers starting out their career?
KS: Don’t try to be like everyone else. Just be you. It’s more than enough.
KL: What is the most bizarre moment you’ve experienced during a performance?
KS: I cant think of one!
KL: Why do you use Audiofly IEMs?
KS: Well I’m still new to the In ears, but it really does seem to be the way forward. My new record is heavily based around rhythm and has many layers of percussion so we have turned to using a backing track and a Roland SPDS for the live show. Obviously that’s a very different approach to where I first began, whilst fronting Little Birdy, that was all about the live wedges and having that really raw approach. I think these days it really just holds you back if you don’t embrace technology. I think Audiofly’s ears are incredible, I am really looking forward to diving in head first in 2016 once we start touring the country.