Finding Kate aka Kate Pavli is an Australian-Cypriot alternative/rock singer and songwriter based in the UK. Her vocal power thrills and spreads chills to her listener. From a young age, Kate was involved with music, leading her up to the point where she became a professional. Finding Kate is one of the talented singers out there that everyone must give a listen to. I’ll stop trying to introduce her myself; I’ll let her do it her own.
When did music become a part of your life?
Music has always been a part of my life. I grew up in a household where there was always a lot of music playing. I’d say music officially took over my life at the age of 13 and the rest is history!
Did you take any classes growing up?
Yes, I did! Growing up I took vocal lessons and trained mostly in Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre and Classical,. I also studied piano for a few years, music theory, some guitar and also acting. I also took dance classes for quite a few years but that’s something that should remain unspoken. Haha.
You participated in ‘Cyprus Has Talent’. How old were you back then and how was that experience?
I was about 14 years old and it was a really cool experience. It was where I met Chris, my producer, for the first time. I went and sang some of my favourite songs at the time like Just Tonight by The Pretty Reckless, Back To Black by Amy Winehouse, Use Somebody by Kings of Leon and My Immortal by Evanescence. Looking back at the videos I laugh at myself a little because I was still so young and inexperienced and a little scared. Cyprus Has Talent was the start of something new and although it was nothing like BGT or AGT, it was still a great stepping stone!
After the competition, you released your first EP ‘Inside Out’. How did this opportunity come along?
One of the prizes for the winner was to record a cover song and video and that’s when I met Chris Cara properly. I went to his studio in Limassol and we tried a few songs out and we settled on ‘Zombie’ by The Pretty Reckless. He did a very cool demo arrangement for the song, super punchy and energetic. After he heard my voice in the studio he wanted to write some original songs for me because he really loved my tone and wanted to develop an original artist such as myself. That’s when he started creating the EP for me. I loved his style, I loved the studio and it was the start of a very good collaboration between myself and Chris.
You lived in Cyprus your whole life and then made the decision to move to the UK. What was the reason of you moving?
I went to study at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London and I wanted to start my career ‘properly’ over in the UK. My aim was to network with musicians and industry professionals, I wanted to play a lot of live shows and experience a brand new scene & industry. I started my BA but only decided to do the first year of the course. So then I stayed there for another 4 years working a lot, playing shows and gaining very valuable experiences. Now I travel back and fourth between the UK and Cyprus!
How different is the music scene in the UK compared to Cyprus?
Very different! I love Cyprus and there is definitely a music scene but in my opinion, there is no music ‘industry’ in Cyprus. There are some good venues, some good radio stations but obviously it’s a completely different world in the UK, America and the rest of Europe.
In 2016, you released your album ‘If I Fall’. Tell us more about the process.
After working on my first EP with Chris in 2014, we realised we can create some really cool music together. We wanted to extend the 4-song EP and see where that would lead me. He wrote a lot of new songs and then we tried them and saw what best suited me. Back then I was mostly involved in the lyric process and some melody writing but I never initiated anything. I was very happy with the direction the songs were taking and then I decided to release them as an album!
Which is your favorite song of the album and why?
My favourite song off the album is ‘Did It Again’. I believe it has a magical melody, very cool lyrics and I have always loved the arrangement & dark mood it has.
Three years later, you released the single ‘I Feel Bad’. Tell us about the song.
‘I Feel Bad’ was one of the first songs I wrote that I presented to Chris. I started writing a lot after I released the album and I knew when I wrote ‘I Feel Bad’ that it was special, and Chris really loved it too. We began working on it a few months later. Chris added the instrumentation, arranged it beautifully and produced it into what it is today! ‘I Feel Bad’ is about heartbreak, pity, sorrow and forgiveness.
Do you feel that there is an official video of Finding Kate that stands out more than the rest?
I think that all of my videos are special in their own way. ‘I Feel Bad’ video clip stands out more than the rest for me because I am a lot more mature now 3 years later and that really shows in the video.
What and who are your influences as Finding Kate?
I have a huge list of influences so this is hard! Definitely Avril Lavigne, Paramore, P!nk, Evanescence, Deftones, Flyleaf, Linkin Park, PVRIS, The Pretty Reckless, Pearl Jam, Audioslave, Nothing But Thieves and sooooo many more but we’ll be here forever. 🙂
How often do you perform live?
Depends on the season, usually once or twice a month, but sometimes there could be 5-6 shows in a month and sometimes none!
Are there any upcoming singles or perhaps a new album?
Yes, many new singles are being prepared. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 I will be pushing back my next single release but it is coming soon! I’ll give you a sneak peak of the title – WAYN is the acronym for those of you who want to start guessing the title. 😉
What are Finding Kate’s targets and next steps?
My targets are to self release some more tracks, reach out to new audiences, build a strong team around me and keep going!
Kate, we’d like to thank you for a beautiful interview. We wish you the best with your career and future!
This was fun! Thank you for having me, take care.
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