Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Katy Galloway to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m originally from Cheshire, just south of Manchester but I currently live in Edinburgh! I first got into music when I started learning the flute aged about seven and then, when I was twelve, I started writing lyrics for songs and I wanted a way to accompany myself so I taught myself the guitar and it’s all gone from there!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I was a big Taylor Swift fan, especially of her first three albums and she definitely got me interested in country music. From there I started looking for similar artists and I found Kacey Musgraves who had just released Merry Go Round and The Band Perry and I started going to their concerts and gradually found the UK country music community and couldn’t stop listening to country! Currently, my favourite artists are probably Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves still and Ward Thomas.
How would you describe your sound?
I would definitely say I lean on the pop side of country but this record is definitely more country than my last record. I had some of the songs produced in a studio in Nashville which was awesome so they definitely have more of a Nashville sound which I love. I can’t wait to go to Nashville myself and do some recording there. For the moment I am kind of testing different genres with my songs but I will always be a country girl.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My new EP ’Twenty Something’ was out on 1st March 2019 and it is a 5 track EP of songs that I have been working on this year. It’s got some classic heartbreak stuff in there but I’m also really happy that this EP has a couple of happy songs on it which is unusual for me as my songs aren’t usually that happy!
What’s your local music scene like?
I’m really lucky that both places that I have lived have had incredible music scenes. I am originally from Manchester/Liverpool area and both cities have incredible music scenes that I have played in since I was around thirteen. I now live in Edinburgh which is also incredible and has quite a strong folk/country community which is really lovely to be welcomed into.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I would love to do some festivals in the summer, I will probably do a bit in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as I usually do, I was featured on the BBC stage last year so I would love to get invited back there again!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I love to collaborate and honestly, if you are interested in collaborating with me, give me a shout because I love to write and perform new stuff so I would definitely love to work with you! In terms of my dream artists to collaborate with, I would love to work with Catherine McGrath, Ward Thomas, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, or in some crazy world, Taylor Swift.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I wouldn’t say funny stories, I have a lot of amazing concerts and festivals that I have been lucky enough to be involved with though. I wish I could say I haven’t forgotten my own lyrics and absolutely made them up multiple times but unfortunately that is part of the game! On the other side though, I have a friend who had a potato thrown at him during a gig so at least that hasn’t happened yet!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I’m so grateful to be able to do this with my life and I’m so lucky to have people who enjoy and support my music so thank you for that.