Katie Herzig is the epitome of someone who has done it “her way”. From her early low budget work to her most recent album Walk Through Walls, the Colorado native always keeps her music uniquely “Katie Herzig”. I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Katie recently. Here is how it went.
Brandon:How has life been going, Katie?
Katie: Crazy, crazy.
B: I was going to say congratulations, you got a new album coming out in about a week, Walk Through Walls. congratulations on that, what was it like recording this brand new album?
K: It was a long process, it took me about a year and a half. To write and record it, maybe even a little longer actually. But it was really good, my favorite seasons in life are when I get to make and record music so yeah, I loved it.
B: Awesome, well I remember listening to a couple of your earlier albums. I know the stories behind them, and that they were recorded with more modest equipment and such. How has time changed for you now?
K: A combination of just doing, you know, having had the experience I had in making it, I think I get where I want to be so maybe it was just different having different tools around me, having different recording equipment, different instruments and sampling and all that. So, yeah I think that as the experience I get, you’re still just creating with the tools you have around you. So I think that because the tools have evolved and so have my influences, so I’ve learned the things that keep the music evolving.
B: Absolutely, and now for people that haven’t heard of you, like I have, tell us a little about yourself. I know that you grew up in Colorado, it’s not the top city or state that we think of for music, so what was it like music-wise growing up in Colorado? When did you decide that was your calling?
K: I don’t know, I went to college at CU in Boulder and I had done a lot of music before then but I and some friends at college started a band and so we basically were just playing local places for a long time. Later on I had visited Nashville and after that I had a whole lot of reasons to want to move here and come here, and make music here in Nashville. And I think since doing that I realized that Colorado really does have a great music community. A lot of different bands have come from there, but in terms of a music community, Nashville’s just a very different vibe.
B: Now I know you mentioned too that you were a part of a band and you actually played various instruments,including drums. What was it, to go from being part of a band to a solo artist, I think you mentioned earlier in your career that you suffer from a bit of stage fright. That’s a hard thing to overcome sometimes when you are the only person on stage, or at least the person who’s there in front of all the lights. How long did it take to finally get over that or do you still sometimes suffer from it?
K: You know it kind of depends. I think I find that that comes out of me more when I am playing bigger things than I’m used to. So I’ve definitely overcome a lot of that and gotten used to it in many ways. But I still get reminded that it’s there when I have the challenge of playing stuff that feels like, basically bigger than most of the stuff I’ve done in the past.
B: Now getting back to Walk Through Walls, you’re going to be going on tour here soon in North America, in fact your coming to Seattle, up here, my neck of the woods in a couple weeks I guess. What is your favorite city when you’re touring North America? What are your favorite places to check out?
K: A lot of the time you’re kind of limited to the time and place that you are, so, every once in a while you get some days off to check out, I remember last time we played up through that area we got a day off in Napa and that was great. I’ve certainly had a lot of awesome times
up in Seattle and I have some friends up there so I’ve spent some good times up there. But honestly that part of the country has been historically a part of where we’ve toured too so it always feels really great to return to there. I really look forward to that for sure.
B: Awesome. Well I agree about Napa by the way, I love Napa, it’s just gorgeous. I was also going to ask, you’re a South by Southwest, I know that that’s for people who are fans of South by Southwest, it’s much different from the artist. I know quite a few artists who it’s absolutely crazy to be an artist during South by Southwest. What was your experience like this year at South by Southwest?
K: Basically crazy, yeah. It’s kind of, I talk to a lot of artists and they’re like, “wait, why are we doing this again?” Because it’s just….on one hand it’s great to do it because there are so many random different people there and there’s a lot of people who are there seeking out music. So it’s good to go there when you have especially good music and stuff like that or new music. For us we did two shows there and they were our first shows we’d played up the new material. Despite all the challenges of getting around and all that stuff, we had a great time and Austin was great, and met some really good people and got to see some great music myself, so I’m glad I went.
B: Good to hear. Anybody that stood out to you personally as a fan that you saw there play?
Lets see, I got to see Tennis which I really liked, and then Sam Smith I also got to see, which I also really liked.
B: Oh nice. I think he was just on Saturday Night Live.
K: Yeah, I had no idea he was as massive as he is right now.
B: Now finally with Walk Through Walls, I know that it’s always tough, it’s a tough question, probably one that artists get tired of answering but it always is kind of an interesting one to ask; what was your favorite song?
K:Yeah it’s definitely a tough one for me to answer because it’s got this shifting feeling that I
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