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KATiE KERKHOVER AND TiM CRAVEN
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ABOUT KERKHOVER'S DEBUT LP BLiSTER
THE ViBRANT MUSiCAL COMMUNiTY iN NASHVILE
AND DOiNG WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE
MARCH 22, 2010
iNTERViEWED BY BRiAN LUSH
Who doesnít love the story of a small town girl with a dream who runs off to the big city in a bold move to make said dream come true? In the previous decade, the template for power chord driven pop with a touch of girl power was set with the likes of PINK, PARAMORE and AVRIL LAVIGNE. Now, Nashville-based siren KATIE KERKHOVER is a willing and able torch-bearer with the release of her CD ĎBLISTERí. Born and reared in a small town in
ROCKWIRED spoke with KATIE KERKHOVER and TIM CRAVEN over the phone. Here is how it went.
do the two of you
feel about the finished album?
TIM: I feel the same way. It was something that kind of evolved over a long period of time and went through several incarnations. Itís nice to have it out there and have it be what we would consider to be a finished thought. Iím excited by the response that itís gotten. I couldnít be happier.
When I usually interview a ďsoloĒ artist, I never have the producer/guitarist join in. Is KATIE KERKHOVER more of a band project than a solo project?
TIM: KATIE is the artist. I produced the CD and I co-wrote the songs and play guitar. Itís a project that we both do but Iím kind of the man behind the curtain. Itís better that Iím heard and not seen.
itís kind of a PAT
BENATAR/NEIL GIRALDO type of thing.
Are you two even old
enough to know who they are?
KATIE: TIM is always joking about not being in any of the pictures. Heís says that that is all me.
Well KATIE, talk
about how music began for you.
I thought it was
interesting when you said when you were seventeen, you had moved away.
seventeen, you run away.
How do your parents
feel about everything that has happened since?
And just for
clarityís sake, there werenít any troubles at home.
What got you into
How did the two of
TIM: We traveled
within the same circle of friends for years and then we finally met.
me what she was working and I was thinking of doing a project like that
well. I was also working as a side man for country artists Ė if you are
musician that is working in
How does the
songwriting process work between the two of you?
TIM: The process is pretty collaborative but it seems like as of late, KATIE will come to me and b e like ĎIíve got this great riffí or ĎIíve got this great chord progressioní and the whole things just kind of sparks from there. We immediately try to formulate the song musically first and form there we write lyrics. Sometimes there is a theme or an idea and we just kind of run with it. Iíll be thinking about a friend of mine who has an addiction or whatís going on in the world around me. Sometimes, lyrical ideas come to you like a freight train and sometimes, it takes weeks of sitting down and looking at it and stepping away and getting back to it. There is no one way that I work.
KATIE: Usually, Iíll be driving in my car and Iíll have this melody idea and Iíll tunr the memo on my phone and Iíll record the idea into it. Iíll bring it over to TIM and weíll work n it together. It is a collaborative effort and I feel fortunate to have found someone that Iím able to mesh with on that creative level.
What songs off of the
album resonate for each of you the most and why?
TIM: My favorite song on the album would have to be DOWN TO THIS because the drum groove on that one was pretty cool. I kind of like the way that that song came together musically and lyrically. HABIT is a song that resonates for me on a personal level because a lot of it was drawn from personal experiences of having known people who have struggled with addiction whether it be hard drugs or alcohol or whatever it is that theyíre struggling with. SOMETHING REAL stand out for me because itís the music of my roots which is more punk. I was one of those punk rock skater kids that listened to that kind of music. Itís really a straight ahead kind of song.
Iíve only been
assuming this up to this point but is this is a romantic partnership as
a musical one?
KATIE: We got that all of the time. Weíre friends and weíre great musical partners.
What would you like
someone to come away with after theyíve hear this CD?
TIM: Ultimately you want people to like it and you wan them to dig it. I want people to feel like I do when I get a new record or when I discover a new band that Iíve never heard before. There is a lot of music on this album and I want them to have fun with it. Thatís really important for me.
BRIAN LUSH holds a BA in Creative Writing from the UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO. He established ROCKWIRED on New Years of 2004 and hasnít looked back since. From January 2005 to March 2009, LUSH was the host of the weekly internet radio show ROCKWIRED LIVE. He produced the program for the AMERICAN RADIO NETWORK. As the editor-in-chief for ROCKWiRED MAGAZiNE, LUSH is hands-on when it comes to interviewing and building a lasting rapport with the artists that come ROCKWiREDís way. As a youngster, BRIAN LUSH had no idea what kind of seed was being planted by reading magazines such as HIT PARADE, HIGH TIMES, SPIN, REQUEST (remember that one?) and even ROLLING STONE (but to a significantly lesser degree). ďThose were the days before the internet and being a rock journalist looked like the coolest job imaginable.Ē says LUSH ďBut reading these magazines had me imagining that one day Iíd be the artist giving all of the clever answers to some poor guy with a tape recorder. Well, life has a way of surprising you. Now, Iím the poor guy with the tape recorder and asking all of the questions.Ē
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