Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
CK: Ah, I like to describe myself as if The Stones were led by Aretha Franklin. Now, those are two monster names to throw out there – haha I know it! It’s a Retro-Soul sounding thing ! A good blend of rock, soul and country.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
CK: Born and raised in Orchard Park, NY (tiny town just South of Buffalo). My parents are music lovers and they introduced me to quite an array of genres. My mom was a big Elvis fan, thus I think that’s why that type of music resonated with me the most early on.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
CK: Honestly, I’m inspired by listeners. I find it most fulfilling when someone lets me know that my music is helping them get through a tough season. I don’t think there’s anything more rewarding…that inspires me to continue creating. I often write about what I’m going through/experiencing as reality plays a big part in my writing process! I often tell my co-writers that I don’t consider myself to be a talented writer. But, I will definitely bring the baggage to any writing session. It’s possible that listeners of my music have found it to be authentic at the very least.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
CK: I’m a sky-is-the-limit type person…always aiming higher, always trying. I think it’s important in life to progress, it’s important to chase after what sets your soul on fire. At least, that’s what my Mom instructed me to do so that’s what I’ve always done. Very grateful for her!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
CK: That’s a tough, real tough one. I’ve really been blessed. The X Factor was a proud moment for sure. I sing the US anthem annually for my hometown team, The Buffalo Bills and that is always the highest honor. I’m genuinely grateful for any time on stage and don’t take it for granted. Ok, recording in Muscle Shoals was pretty legit as well!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
CK: I see it as a positive for sure! We, as creatives, have the world at our fingertips in terms of marketing shows, promoting new releases, it’s really quite amazing. I think promotion is easier than ever and I consider it a blessing.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
CK: For sure ! The landscape looks a little different post-pandemic. I have shows in Nashville lined up into the Fall to get my feet wet. Will start touring nationally here and there come Fall and I would love to get back overseas in the coming year!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
CK: Ah, certainly is a bittersweet topic. I love the accessibility to music and the concept of sharing songs so openly. However, in terms of platforms such as Spotify and artist compensation.. there is none! I think the industry sincerely needs to find a solution in terms of giving artists and songwriters their dues. Not sure how that will happen, but it’s the right thing to do.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CK: Hahaa! Ah, not sure really?! Certainly could have been on the credits for any of Adele’s tunes would have certainly made out…would have been totally fine by me haha
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
CK: Circling back to the Spotify question, I do think streaming has altered the industry playing field. But, to wish for change – not sure that I would! I do believe there is a reason for all things. I mean, my YouTube channel is seeing millions of views… we have to be grateful for the good things.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
CK: I’m really focused on future releases which I’m so excited to share! The next song of this catalogue is particularly special to me…that comes out later this year.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
CK: My website is a good start – caitlinkoch.com / Insta : caitlinkochmusic / Facebook.com/caitlinkochmusic / Twitter @caitlinkoch,
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