Mario: Hi Kat, last
time I saw you was at a Godin guitar clinic in L.A. and you mentioned
you had a lot of stuff going on.
I feel fortunate to be involved in really great projects. I just got
back from Japan, where I toured with Sheila E and the Fifth Element.
That was a blast! We are in the process of recording an album. The band
features Sheila E. on drums, Rhonda Smith on bass, Eddie M. on sax,
Renato Neto on keys, Lynn Mabry on Vocals and me on guitar. I've also
been doing lots of writing and scoring for TV and films, which is something
I find really interesting. And just recently I taped a TV special for
Fox TV with Pink. I really dug doing that, it was a lot of fun and Pink
is a real pro. She likes the live element, that live edge and aggressiveness.
Mario: How do find
the time to do all of that simultaneously?
Kat: Music links it all, the need to contribute something, my own
songs, or adding to the overall picture of someone else's vision. Music
is the glue that binds all of these things together.
Mario: But still
there are only 24 hours in a day!
Kat: You have to be committed and work hard, but like I said it's
the need to contribute something to the music and the love of it that
Mario: When did
you start playing? And what drove you to pursue it?
Kat: Well all the boys in my neighbor hood played and I said, "If
they can do it so can I!"It was really fun, we would play music together,
we had our little music books and we would trade and learn stuff from
each other. I just continued from there, played at High School dances
playing covers from James brown, Led Zep, Hendrix etc…
Mario: What would
you say to kids learning how to play today?
Kat: I love kids and when I teach them I have them listen to something
that makes them want to play! Find something you love and do it. I used
to wait by the radio to hear my favorite tunes and then I would try
and learn them by ear. The repetition of that really tunes your ears.
I'm always listening to new stuff.
Mario: I have been
listening to you Colour Kommentary cd and I just want to say that not
only can you play, but you also have an incredible voice.
Kat: Thanks, that was a project released on my own with some good
friends, we had a great time. I'm working on new material right now.
Mario: What's the
biggest difference between doing a session and working on your own material?
Kat: It's a conversation, when you work with someone else you try
and contribute to the overall picture. Just like a conversation where
you might say "Yeah! I agree with that, and you know what else…?" You
try and compliment and remember the song is king. The song comes first.
Mario: How about
solos? Do you stick to the solos on the album or do you keep changing
Kat: A solo is like conversation, I never keep it the same. I'm
constantly changing and trying stuff. Obviously some parts are inherently
you. When I'm playing with other artists I usually keep it true to the
song, all the main themes are there. I am lucky to work with artists
who trust me and trust what I do.
Mario: I really
enjoyed coming down to L.A. for your Godin guitar clinic, your band
was just smoking! You sounded great! How did you get into Godin Guitars?
Kat: I had all kinds of different acoustics and I was looking for
a 12 string, something with a certain feel, sound and warmth and that's
when the guys at Steve's in Montreal showed me the Seagull S12. Then
when I got the gig with Cyndi Lauper I needed a 12 string that was suitable
for large concert settings. So I tried the Acousticaster 12 and that
was it! She really liked the sound. It's the same versatility that drew
me to the Multiac Steel, I used that guitar on Prince's CD Emancipation.
The engineer had a great time recording it.
Mario: And obviously
your LGXT is always there with you.
Kat: I use the LGXT on lots of sessions. That guitar gets me sessions,
actually. I can mix in the acoustic bridge and the synth midi access
at will; it really opens up many musical possibilities. It is reliable,
accurate and easy to use. No worries, the sky's the limit; that's the
Mario: It seems
like fun is a must for you to be involved in a project. I think that's
Kat: It's got to be fun; music is a celebration with friends. I
don't look at it as competition. I have been very fortunate to share
the stage with many talented players and I look forward to the journey
Mario: That's refreshing.
I wish you all the best and I look forward to seeing you at NAMM this
Kat: You bet.
is a Product Specialist at Godin Guitars.