Kate Vigo - Vocals, Max Walker - Guitar, Dan Macdonald - Drums, Lily Parker - Keys, Thom Coombe - bass.
Billi Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Edith Piaf, Groove Armada, Joan As Police Woman, Cindy Lauper, Prince, The Beatles, Feist, Blondie
Whilst clearly touched by the light of a 60’s torch song, Kate Vigo’s latest single ‘Not The One’ has a clear contemporary edge. Featuring the musically adventurous spirit that quickly has become Vigo’s calling card, ‘Not The One’ is a blend of sweeping strings, a Shangri-la’s back beat and a whistling riff that is bound to stay on your lips for days. Turning the tradition of the girl singer at home crying over lost love on its head ‘Not The One’ is cute but cutting. Says Vigo of the track,“I wanted to do a cute 60’s inspired number that says you’re really nice and it would be easy to play along but... you’re just not the one. Sorry.” The release of ‘Not The One’ is just the latest in a round of wins for Vigo in 2012. Her previous single ‘Wanna Run’ was recently selected to be a finalist, from a pool of over 16,000 entries, in the International Songwriting Competition’s Unsigned Category, the winners of which will be announced this May. Vigo says “My songs have always had a dark side and for this album I wanted to write some more uplifting songs and also have some fun in the process of writing”. For more information head to www.katevigo.com Coming from an enriched musical platform Kate has unrelentingly launched herself at a vast array of projects, recently as the genesis for collaborations with people in the steed of Clare Bowditch. In 2010 Kate’s attitude toward her craft propelled her into achievements such as; a Musicoz Award for Best Video for ‘The Way You Are’, selected to attend the APRA/AMCOS Song Summit in Sydney, featuring on MAX Music, Network Ten’s new series Offspring, ABC’s Art Nation, and receiving radio airplay on Triple J, Radar Radio and Fox FM. Kate’s ability to shape a sentiment of anguish or her ability to propel the thrill of life in her song writing will ensure her evoking presence in the international music moonscape will be absorbed for an eternity. FESTIVAL APPEARANCES • 2011 – St Kilda Music Festival, VIC • 2011 – Cool Summer Festival, VIC • 2010 – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC • 2010 – Rhythms in the Valley, VIC • 2010 – Brunswick Music Festival, VIC • 2010 – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC • 2010 – The Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe, SA • 2010 – Shepparton Festival, VIC • 2010 – Mount Beauty Music Festival, VIC • 2010 – Falls Creek Music Festival, VIC • 2010 – Australia Day at The Docklands, VIC • 2009 – Queensland Multicultural Festival, QLD • 2009 – Semaphore Music Festival, SA AWARDS • 2010 - Arts Victoria Music Career Building Grant • 2010 - Australia Council Presentation and Promotion Grant • 2010 - Victorian Winner of APRA/AMCOS Song Summit • 2010 - Winner of Music Oz Best Video Clip for ‘The Way You Are’ • 2009 - Finalist in the NA2R Competition (New Artists to Radio) • 2009 - Shortlisted as APRA’s Vanda and Young Songwriter of the Year • 2007 - Runner-up in Independent Music Awards RELEASES • 2010 – EP: Someone Better, Independent/MGM • 2009 – Single: The Way You Are, Independent/MGM • 2008 – Remixes EP: It is Love, Independent/MGM • 2007 – Album: It is Love, Independent/MGM RADIO AIRPLAY & TELEVISION • Nova • Triple J • Fox FM – Australian First • Radar Radio (Austereo digital radio) • ABC Radio National • FBi Radio • PBS • Triple R • Joy FM • Southern FM • 97.9FM – Living In The Land Of Oz • Soundtrack of Channel Ten’s Offspring • Rage (ABC TV) – Indie Video Clip of the Week • MAX Music – First Play with Yumi • Art Nation (ABC TV) • Phoenix FM • Radio Adelaide • Voice FM • 3CR • Coast FM • 3 Way FM • ABC Radio – Various Stations
- Billi Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Edith Piaf ,
- Groove Armada, Joan As Police Woman ,
- Cindy Lauper, Prince, The Beatles, Feist, Blondie , ...
With a sound that effortlessly sits astride soulful, sweet and stylish all at once, you’d be forgiven for thinking Kate Vigo’s been around a while. Kate studied vocal improvisation at the V.C.A. and released her first album, ‘It Is Love’ in 2007 and Remix One in 2008.
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
I usually just write songs alone on guitar or piano, then I bring the songs to the band and we work out ideas together. Often the songs have an implied style or sound, but some are lyric-based and the sound of the song develops each time we play live.
You play as a duo, trio and an orchestra – tell us more…
I started off singing by going to a jazz jam session in Richmond. There were always different musos there and I loved the spontaneous element to it, creating music in the moment. Then I studied improvisation at the VCA and there I started to listen to a lot of classical music. I experimented with writing songs for a small orchestral ensemble, calling it the Melbourne Underground Orchestra. I love all the textures and effects that can be created with orchestral arrangements but also love making things simple and bare. Each line-up I play with often has a pretty different sound from the next. At the moment I am really liking electric rocky guitar. We are now moving into alternative and indie pop.
You mention you can draw parallels between your fashion and music degrees, please explain...
Both music and fashion are creative worlds of fantasy that are affected by the times we are living in. I loved fashion designing (it was more way out, non practical costume-like stuff really) but I was also beginning to get into music. Apart from the creative aspect there is a lot of practical application in both areas. Fashion was a lot about spending hours bent over the sewing machine or drafting table. I decided that I would prefer practicing singing, where your own body is the instrument and where I think it is important to be physically and spiritually healthy or connected.
What’s coming up in the future?
I have just come back from India, where I studied for two months in a school of traditional art forms. I studied classical carnatic singing. I had some great teachers and was sing pretty much six hours a day. I won’t be performing Indian music necessarily, but I’m sure it will influence my music or song writing in some way. I loved some of the different ragas, they each had such a unique feeling. I will be recording an album this year and am looking forward to working with some amazing producers and creative people. We have already finished one song, ‘The Way You Are’, which has set a bit of a theme for the rest of the album. When the album is released early next year we are doing a National album launch tour in venues across Australia and we also hope to play some cool Festivals over the Australian Summer.
Australian music is?
Not something that can be put into a short sentence. It is thriving. There is always new amazing groups coming out, then disappearing. Especially in Melbourne. There is so much creativity and it’s a boiling pot of cultural diversity. Most nights of the week, in Melbourne, you can go out and see live music. There are great musicians and bands with creative integrity who have their own sound. Melbourne in known for its culture, but the people who create it are still not getting enough support. The only way I can describe Australian music is to say that it is the coming together of all different cultural influences.View Profile Hide Interview