NEW SIGNING: KATE B'MAND
Kate B’Mand is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Birmingham, UK infusing bedroom pop with R&B beats. Kate has found a natural groove in putting together songs that are laid back, featuring catchy vocals, bright guitar, and her own sense of cool, all of which she writes and produces herself.
Check out her latest release 'Time Flies' on all streaming platforms! In this song, Kate explores themes of death, friendship, loneliness, and self-awareness with the almost freestyle lyrics that follow her stream of consciousness. We caught up with Kate to learn a little bit more about her artistic process and the making of the track.
Where are you from and what inspires you to make music?
I'm originally from Germany but have lived in Birmingham UK for most of my life. I'm inspired by everything- my friends, other artists I like, and then just my own experiences and feelings.
When did you start making music?
I started writing lyrics from a very young age all through school with my friends and with my brother, but only more seriously in the past 4 years or so.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Mac Miller and Tyler the Creator have been two big influences for a very long time, but I'm always finding new artists too- currently, I'm inspired by Sorry and Billie & Finneas.
How would you describe your sound/style?
I don't like to restrict myself too much sound-wise- it's just whatever comes naturally in the moment so i guess id call it genuine and carefree -but also cool lol.
Why did you sign with Disrupción Records?
I thought it'd be a good opportunity and I'd learn some new things and meet some new people
What upcoming projects are you working on? // What was the inspiration behind your current project?
I'm currently working on the release of my debut EP! It was written over a short period during quarantine and is just a reflection of different things I felt and experienced over the past year.
Describe your songwriting / music-making process
The process I find that works best for me is just letting the songs come naturally- my best songs have come out of nowhere and were all written quite fast- if I try and force a song it never really ends up sounding how I like. The process is usually different each time; whether I start producing a beat and write to that or if I just write to my instrument, but either way it almost always starts with chords!
What are your goals for the next year and the next 5 years?
I'm not sure- I don't really set out goals for the future because circumstances usually always change and nothing ends up the way you currently expect- that being said I'm definitely gonna continue writing and releasing music :)
As an artist, how do you define your own success?
By trying not to get caught up in numbers and streaming counts but defining it by how much I've improved since my last piece of work!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the past year?
My own opinion of myself is the only opinion of me that really matters!