Alex Kate wrote Lost in you from start to finish after watching a murder mystery programme, for some unknown reason inspiration hit her and she ran upstairs to my bedroom and quickly recorded it. “You wouldn’t think that a programme about murders would inspire such a love song. you never know when creative moments are going to hit I guess.”
Leading towards the release of her new EP “Rebel For Love,” out 14 October, Alex Kate is happy to share another single Lost in You ahead of its release. Lost In You follows her previous releases, One Plus One and Summer Wagon.
Alex Kate had sat on this song for a while and hadn’t quite found what it needed to sound like yet. She brought Daniel Newcombe (MD for BEKA) into the project in August and he sent her the first demo and she knew that she had finally found the angel.
She shot the video in Capetown with just an early demo. She got a friend Freddie Reed, who is used to shooting for National Geographic onto the project. He had the wild idea to go and shoot the video in two days in the desert and finish at this farm up on a cliff 500 kilometers from cape town. “Sounds great I said to Freddie.
‘’ I didn’t know that we would be driving through some of the heaviest rain that the Karoo desert has seen in 10 years and get to our final destination and there to be no sunset or stars and a complete white out. However, it was actually the most amazing experience shooting in the desert where Africa Burn happens. Freddie Reed the director wanted to encapsulate the feeling of being lost and lonely in the city and at peace and alive in the desert. I think he has done a magical job.”
In order to celebrate the release of her new EP Rebel For Love, Alex will be hosting her EP release party on the 13 October at St. Peters in Notting Hill.
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
I decided to use my middle name Kate as my second name as it was a little snappier than my surname.
Where do you find inspiration?
I am deeply inspired by the genius of Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and Haim. I never know when inspiration will strike completely however, as I feel songwriting is something that can’t be predicted, it floats over you and you have to catch it. My most recent release “Lost in you” I wrote a few minutes after watching a murder mystery programme, the song is all about love, so I don’t know how that happened!
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I was classically trained and played the flute and piccolo in orchestras, there was a chance that I would go down the Opera route, but I decided I didn’t love it enough. I’m glad I found this expression of music
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
I’m strangely not from a Musical family, my dad and sister are lawyers and my brother is an engineer, so it was hard growing up accepting that I was destined for such an unpredictable career- but I wouldn’t change anything about it.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
I cannot pinpoint one person, but when I was at school, I ran a week-long music festival that featured in NME magazine. I have always had a toe in the business side of the music industry, but being an artist, myself has been quite a new thing.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
I was lucky to have lessons from the age of 7-18. From since I can remember I wrote music for myself and didn’t really share it with others. Although when I was 14 I went to George Blagden’s house (Actor in The Vikings and Les Misérables) to a song writing camp and I think that planted a seed, but only to be realised years later.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Wow, I actually can’t remember the first but I was lucky to have seen Mumford & Sons before they were famous- they were magical and I am so glad they have had the success that they deserve.
How could you describe your music?
I like to describe it as a mixture of Kate Bush, Haim and Florence & The Machine. well I love combining raw soft rock sounds with 80s pop. I adore playing around with vocals and creating large sonicscapes with harmonies.
Describe your creative process.
I don’t have a particular creative process other than allowing myself to live, experience and feel, to notice myself noticing and when I feel static electricity start to gather around me I grab a phone or a pen and paper and flow with it. I have seasons when I know I am marinading and don’t know what will come out and seasons when its steady rivers…. I do however have set writing sessions with my friend Heather Crawford (guitar for Jessie Reyez) where we try and write a song a week but do not stress if it doesn’t work out.
What musician do you admire most and why?
I am in awe of any musician who I believe has the power and courage to be themselves. It is by far a rare thing as artists can be caught in tricky record deals. However, I feel more often than not artists are breaking free, as authenticity sells. But if I were to choose one, it would be Beyonce. I saw her show at Coachella and I was in awe.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
I only decided to start recording and launch myself as an artist in October 2020, I didn’t leave time to work out how the songs should sound and just released and learnt what my sound should be as I went. I have landed on more of a secure sound world now, but am open to evolve and explore other soundscapes in the future. I’m glad that artists such as Ed Sheeran have pathed the way that we don’t have to stick to one genre.
What are your interests outside of music?
I am an entrepreneur at heart and I am in the process of launching a book with my dad to help people get their affaires in order before they die. It’s called Your Last Gift. I really hope it will help a lot of people. Other than that I am a keen tennis player.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
I don’t want to even fathom this, I’m all in on music.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
My EP is called Rebel For Love (out 29th October) and it is the title track (Out 14th October). Its about the struggle of breaking free from the societal constraints and being a rebel in the name of love. We all need a lot more love in the world don’t we.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I have an EP launch show in Notting hill on the 13th October (https://ww…0367949777) which I am so excited about. Then in the new year I will be touring and releasing more music.
What message would you like to give to your fans?
I would love to say thank you. I am getting the sweetest most heartfelt messages from people. Like the other day a guy said “one day soon I’ll be able to brag that I found Alex Kate on tiktok just before she went global.” I really hope this happens and I am really grateful for every fan!