Alternating their time between Stockholm and Sydney, Kate Boy, made up of Kate, Hampus and Markus are enjoying growing success after a recent touring spell took them around the world before they landed here in the UK for a few dates. “It’s exciting to be over in the UK – there’s such a strong music scene here,” Kate muses. “And I think we all grew up listening to various British bands, so it’s nice to be in their homeland for a change.”
“We’re electronic pop with heavy contrasts of organic influence,” Markus says of how they’d describe their sound. “We’ve got a unique sound of what I can only describe as being metal and wood united together to create something I certainly feel is original.” Kate readily agrees adding: “We do everything together – from the writing to creating the music – there’s not one of us that does one specific thing and I think that’s really rare in a lot of bands today. We make our own videos and are very hands on in everything we do.”
In terms of their music, who or what influences them? They take a moment to consider. “I think,” Kate comments, “that there is nothing in particular we focus on when it comes to writing. As Markus said earlier, we’re quite organic when it comes to our music, so we just write about what comes to us as and when that happens. Pressure can really restrict writing capabilities, so we try to avoid it and just go with things as they come.” Is there one song from their collection that they’re more proud of than the others? They can’t pick one, as it turns out. “I think we often feel differently about our songs depending on where we are and what we’re doing sometimes,” offers Markus. “We’re very proud of everything we’ve written and I know that over time, we’ve certainly developed ourselves as song-writers, but there isn’t one stand-out track – not that I can think of anyway – but ‘Temporary Gold’, written in Australia, is a favourite at the moment.”
Keen users of social media, the band recently backed Emma Watson’s #HeForShe UN campaign, but what made them want to get involved? “Emma Watson is such a role model for young women and young people in general,” explains Kate. “She grew up under a media spotlight that often sexualises women and believes they’re not as capable as men. On our album, we mention a lot about equality, so it’s an issue close to us, but for her to stand up and speak out was something that needed to be done and it’s brought the issue back into the public domain again, which is fantastic.” Markus has his own thoughts on the matter: “There’s a common theme in music these days that if you’re going to write about something, then you might as well make it mean something. I like to think that’s what we’ve done with the tracks on our album – many of them are an opinion of sorts, but they’re opinions on things we feel matter” he says.
KB are on Facebook and Twitter and openly admit that both sites have boosted their fan-base. “It, not so much social media, but the internet, is essential now,” declares Kate. “We try and interact with our fans as much as we can, and there is no better way to do that, other than meeting people at shows, to do that than to be on the likes of Twitter, plus YouTube has helped get our videos out to the world. The ability to be able to share something you’ve made that day, so quickly, is something that has changed music so much, and it’s certainly been of huge help to us.”
So, with tour dates in America recently completed, how do they find European ones in contrast? “Wherever we are in the world, people always respond to different songs of ours,” says Markus. “I’ve found in Europe that some shows can be more intimate and subdued, which is really nice, while in the US, the audiences tend to let loose a little more. They really are complete opposites, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.”
As for what the future holds – the band sure are busy. “We try not to think too far ahead,” Kate says firmly. “But as a band, we are always thinking about where we want to go next such as what ideas we have for our next video. We’ve just been enjoying being on tour, and we’ve got an album coming out soon so that should keep us on the road and doing what we love for a while. There are new doors opening and new opportunities possibly just around the corner, so it’s an exciting time for us, no doubt about it.”
Kate Boy tour the UK until Nov 12. Tickets on sale now.