Desperate Electric (formerly DASH) is here to make you feel like you’re on fire.
Desperate Electric, formerly known as DASH, had a difficult start. A four-piece rock band was always the goal when the two of them started DASH.
‘SUPER’ their first album, was released in their first year as a band, and they started regional tours shortly afterwards. As a result of their band’s disintegration only weeks before their tour, these two musicians were left to form a magnificent duo band, complete with great voices that blend to produce a beautiful sound that fills your heart, soul, and mind with pleasure.
The duo uses their electrifying disco soul to captivate audiences around the country as they sing about the ups and downs of life, growing up, and romantic relationships.
Live, Desperate Electric’s high-octane performance lifts your spirits; their songs, which explore themes of vulnerability and perseverance, are humorous and honest. Their clever composition glides along with an emotional roller coaster while you enjoy their performance.
If you haven’t seen this interview yet, I don’t believe you should.
What is your real name?
My name is Kayti Korte.
What’s your official Showbiz name?
Our band name is Desperate Electric.
How did you get into music?
I’ve been singing and performing my whole life. When I was seven years old, I started singing the national anthem at events such as rodeos, hockey games, basketball games, and anywhere else really.
As I got older, I joined band and choir in school, eventually starting voice lessons and becoming totally enamoured with classical music. I went on to study music in college, which is where I met Ben.
After college, I was sorely missing a musical outlet, and I joined Ben’s band. We started writing together and formed the first version of Desperate Electric in 2018.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
Our genre is so hard for me to describe. It’s such a culmination of influences—rock, soul, electronic, r&b—we love it all.
I grew up listening to country music, classic rock, and 90’s pop, so I’m not really sure where it all comes from, but we can’t ever pick just one genre!
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
The first band I was in was called Stilgone—they’re actually still tearing it up here in Montana.
Stilgone was formed by Ben and his buddy Symon in like 2015 I think? I joined in 2017. I’d never been in a band before, and it was such a wild and fun experience. I was totally hooked.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
So many things! I’m lucky to have amazing friends and family who I feel inspired by every single day—they’re all living their passions in different ways and it’s totally inspiring. Ben inspires me so much—he’s such an amazing musician that I’m always striving to be better.
As for motivation, I believe it comes internally. If you’re looking for external forces to motivate you, I don’t think you’re doing it (whatever ‘it’ is) for the wrong reasons. I think that’s where inspiration and motivation are different.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
The main role model in my life is my mother. She’s the strongest, most positive person I know, and I feel constantly inspired by her. She takes every opportunity she’s given to be ever-evolving into the best version of herself, and I think that’s an important lesson for all of us.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
Being a woman in the music industry is really challenging. Honestly, until I started working in this industry I’d never really experienced full, blatant misogyny.
I regularly have audio engineers try to explain to me how to use my gear (trust me, I know), or give unsolicited advice.
This NEVER happens to Ben. It’s so shocking to me how many men really think women aren’t good musicians or don’t know anything about music.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
I think it’s a blessing and a curse. How cool is it that we have access at our fingertips to introduce our music and art to people who would have never otherwise heard it?
On the other hand, musicians really have to learn how to utilize all the tools we have because the landscape has changed so drastically with the age of the internet. We can’t ‘just’ be musicians anymore.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Just do it. I’m a fan of what I like to call the ‘full send approach’ (coined by yours truly). If you really want something, just start doing it and practising every single day.
What is your current project about?
Our new single ‘Stop Making Noise’ is really about anyone in your life that’s creating noise; making you doubt yourself, taking up unnecessary space in your brain, and creating chaos in your life.
What are your hobbies?
Other than music, I enjoy cooking, graphic design, spending time with friends, travelling, and the outdoors.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I do a variety of things—some freelance graphic design, as well as interior design, which is what my college degree is in.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Thank you so much for listening to our music and coming to our shows. It means the world to us!