For this very first Video of the Week I’ve chosen someone who not only makes great music, but also makes fantastic videos too, all by herself. If that is not a fitting first video to be showcased in this feature then I don’t know what is. So without further ado, I bring you Katie Nicholas, and her song Sweet Talk.
Sitting firmly on the pop side of country Sweet talk is as charming lyrically and vocally as the video that accompanies it. A song about being strung along is something I’m sure lots can identify with, and as quirky and fun as the video is, the message is a serious one to many people. As if writing a song, playing the instruments and putting it all together wasn’t enough, the video for Sweet Talk is a masterpiece of creativity too.
In a very busy week that culminates in her album Dizzy being released this Saturday, we caught up for a quick interview, and here’s what Katie had to say:
Tell us a bit about your music and how you started.
I’ve always been singing since I was a kid, mostly musicals (always been quite dramatic!) but then became inspired by my Dad’s musicial ability with the guitar. I also took a shine to Dolly Parton and her charming presence on stage and saw myself chattering away with my big – oversized at the time – guitar and singing sweet songs.
But in terms of when I started making my own music, it was a gradual process as I found my style. I always took an interest in telling stories, in a quirky and crafted way. I guess my music started properly once I released my track Chemistry online as a Valentine’s present for my boyfriend. It was a simple video I made in my bedroom, but it ended up circulating virally and ended up with over 110,000 views!
Your videos are quite spectacular, and I understand they are all your own work. How long does it take to film and edit?
Thank you! Yeah, I do all my filming (unless stated otherwise), directing, editing and animation! It does take longer than I’d like – mainly at the moment because I’m a 9-5 designer working in Advertising… but I make time! Chemistry took 3 days, Boots (my first animation) took 3 months and Sweet Talk was a project that I worked with on and off. I aim to really plan my time though to make sure I can keep up a consistent presence on my channel this year!
You played Country 2 Country this past weekend – what was that like?
I was truly so happy to have been picked to play at such a brilliant event, especially as I’ve not been on the circuit for too long – I met so many lovely people, other artists I love and supporters of my music! It was great fun and meant a lot to me that day.
You have an album coming out this weekend – what can expect from it and how has the process leading up to its release been? The schedule of things to do on your website looks mind boggling!
Yes my album Dizzy is out this weekend and I can’t quite tell you how I feel. The process leading up to it? Well it’s been a long one. As I do this all independently, once getting all the manufacturers out the way, sorting the barcodes, tunecodes and admin… the designing, the actual process of getting to a place where I felt it was “ready” to release was mental. I’m quite the perfectionist and it took me a great deal of time (well over a year) to appreciate and choose what tracks I felt best represent me, or at least the first stage of my songwriting. I feel truly that this album is a collection of my earliest songs, memories, and pretty much a teenage girl figuring out what love is and what it isn’t – and I know that’s such a cliche thing to base it on, but I truly write my feelings and each song is a personal experience. I also found themes developing between my songs, especially between Dizzy, Sweet Talk and Carousel – all linking to fairgrounds, whirling rides and the feelings of infatuation. Not to mention Sweet Things (someone asked me why I have so many food references in a LOT of my songs…)
What’s next for Katie Nicholas?
My aim is to try presenting music that is where I’m at now… I’ve wrote so much more material with more complex chord progressions, thoughtful lyrics and I think I might try explore a new development of my music. Not to mention I aim to support other creative unsigned and self-sufficient artists like myself create a “buzz” around their music with my next big project, Busy Bee. I have SO many things in store for that – it will bee the bees knees! 😉
As an added extra I’m throwing in a second video, that being Katie’s album teaser – I know, I’m just too good to you all.
From that teaser we can hear that she shows her softer side on the album too, in what promises to be a very accomplished debut. As the sun shines more every day, we could have an early contender for album of the summer.