KATIE SUTHERLAND Q&A: “I’M FREE TO DO WHAT I WANT!”
Katie Sutherland, once known as Pearl & The Puppets, releases her debut solo single ‘Canvas’, on 18th November via Tidal Recordings.
It’s been a journey full of experience for this charismatic young lady from Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, who having commenced studying to become a primary school teacher dropped out of University to pursue the dream career of a singer songwriter…
How have things changed since you were in Kirkintilloch, Glasgow, as a primary school teacher?
Massively. I don’t have a 9-5 work routine which is bliss – that doesn’t mean to say I don’t work my ass off mind you. I’ve always been a creative person and that can be challenging when you are training to be in a not-so creative job, following rules. I hate rules.
How do you feel now as a solo artist, since the departure from Pearl and the Puppets?
It was always a solo project, but now it feels even more so like one, only I’m free to do what I want! I felt trapped being Pearl and the Puppets not being able to make decisions that I can now, and I think that will show within the music itself.Can you tell us a bit about ‘Canvas’?
I thought I’d release Canvas first. It was a track I’d written when everything was changing. I was no longer on a major, I changed my stage name back to Katie Sutherland, I was in love (here’s a bucket to be sick in), and I was building an exciting project. I guess I was looking forward to the future and that’s really what the song is about. Being optimistic.
Who are your influences in the music industry?
Some of my first loves were Regina Spektor, Damien Rice, Imogen Heap, Feist and Paul Simon.
Inspiration in songwriting usually comes from Films. I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s seeing the picture and getting emotion from it. What has been the hardest part of being in the music industry for you?
Going through a lot of lows before you get to any high!
What was the last gig you played, and what did you think of it?
The last gig I played was at Strongrooms in London. I loved it and felt pretty much at home as it’s where I’ve been recording the EP, working late with Duncan Mills until stupid o’clock. It’s where I can be most creative… And the food is damn good.
Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today?
‘Jeni Raskin’ (Kin Management) hands down. She worked as A&R for Polydor, saw me at one of my first shows in Glasgow and sort of started a buzz. She then ended up becoming a manager for my old management company. We then moved in together in London and have been very close friends ever since. She now has her own company and has always guided and helped me throughout my career. I owe her big time.
Ellie Giles has also been a massive help. She worked for Fiction too and has bent over backwards to make sure I’m okay, whether it’s about the business or just having a friend there when I need it. Those girls are like sisters to me.
What’s coming next for you?
I’m releasing ‘Canvas’ on 18th November and then an EP called ‘Meddle With Hearts’ shortly afterwards. Lots of gigs will be happening not too long after either! I’ve honestly never been so excited about the music and release before! I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved.
Who would you most like to collaborate with in the industry?
I’m loving Tom Odell’s work at the moment. I love honest writers so would love to collaborate with him.
By Frank Bell ©FAMEMAGAZINE.co.uk