Austrian singer/songwriter KTEE last spoke to zap! bang! Magazine ahead of the release of ‘Rollercoaster’ in September 2017. Now she returns to chat about her career so far and new single, ‘Melody’.
‘Melody’ is about finding one’s soulmate, about the connection one can have with a very special person.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
I’ve really been singing since I was a child, I cannot even remember when it started. I am one of the people who is humming a melody all the time. Quite annoying for people around me, but I can’t help it ;)
I’ve always wanted to make music professionally. It is a tough business though, there are so many talented people and the music market is huuuuge. But there has never been an option B, it’s what I live for. Before KTEE “was born“, I was part of different music projects, I was training my voice and trying to find my way.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
I have to say that Jessie J has inspired me a lot in the years before I released my first music. Her control over her voice is amazing. I’ve seen her perform live twice and she is a vocal goddess, really. Her songs are ideal for training ones voice.
I am a fan of many female artists with powerful voices, especially some of the British ladies are really awesome: Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, Adele…
How would you describe your musical style?
The focus is clearly on my voice. I am really bad at describing it, sorry. When this question is asked, I usually say „Listen to my songs and find out yourself“ :D Kind of lazy, I know ;)
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
There are many: Jessie J, Anne-Marie, Jess Glynn, James Arthur, DNCE…
You released debut single ‘Rock Your Life’ in 2016. What response did it get?
‘Rock Your Life’ is my first baby and it still means a lot to me. It is about living the moment, living in the here and now and forgetting about the past, breaking through useless patterns and focusing on the good things in life. This is something that I had to learn as well, that’s why this song means so much to me. I kind of decided with this song, to focus more on the positive things.
At concerts I always get great feedback when I sing ‘Rock Your Life’, I guess it somehow encourages people to really rock theirs as well more often, haha.
Your second single, ‘Rollercoaster’, helped you to the semi-final of the International Songwriting Competition in 2017. What did that mean to you?
I was overwhelmed, I am still proud of me and my co-writer and my producer for writing this song, I still love it very much. So, it meant a lot to me that other people, people in the Jury of ISC 2017 appreciated the love and work that was put into the song. I still have high hopes for the song :D
Tell us about your new single ‘Melody’ what’s it about?
‘Melody’ is about finding one’s soulmate, about the connection one can have with a very special person. I use ‘music’ as a metaphor for this love/connection.
My attitude that another person can never be the missing puzzle piece in someone’s life is also reflected in the song. I think that self-love is pre-condition for feeling a strong connection with somebody else.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it in summer 2018. I was thinking about songs that have a meaning in my life and I was thinking about people having different songs that make up the soundtrack to their life and that’s when the idea came (the first line of the chorus is: When I write the soundtrack to my life, do you wanna be the melody?).
I recorded it in my producer’s studio (in Lower Austria).
How does ‘Melody’ build on your style?
Focus is again on my voice and what is important, is that it focuses on something positive again. Loving yourself, appreciating somebody else, being happy, being full of hopes.
What are your hopes for ‘Melody’?
To be heard and appreciated all of the world of course :DDD
What can you tell us about your plans for the rest of 2019?
I am working on new songs, my plan is to release two more songs this year and also to play as many gigs as possible. I will play some gigs in London in February, which I am very much looking forward to. I love performing in London :) You can find the dates on my Facebook page or website.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
“Be patient and don’t lose the trust in your talent! Your time will come“. I would have told me that when I started making music and when it seemed that nothing great was gonna happen. When you have a dream, you should never never never give it up. Even when you fall sometimes: stand up, shake off the dust and keep going.
‘Melody’ is out now - listen on Spotify below. For news and tour dates go to kteemusic.com.