Interview – Katrina from Katrina & the Waves

Katrina from Katrina & the Waves is releasing a new album this month, titled Hearts, Loves & Babys. We decided it would be a good chance to get to know her a little more, and find out exactly what to expect from her upcoming release. Find out more below!

By Jane Howkins

You have a new album coming out shortly titled Hearts, Loves & Babys – what can you tell us about that, and what does the title refer to?

When I finished the album and wrote out the lyrics to every song, I noticed there were three words that came up the most – heart, love and baby.

The first single released was called Drive, which we loved. What can you tell our readers about that, and why did you pick that track to be the first single?

I love to drive and love to be the driver. In other words I am a terrible passenger and don’t like to lose control. I chose Drive as the first single because it has a good summer energy and I thought lots of people would be in their cars at long last driving along, and feeling alive!

Do you have any more singles planned for release? If so, what are they and when can we expect them to be released?

Oh yes. The next single release is called I Want to Love Again. It’s a Euro Pop anthemic blast. The song was shortlisted for Eurovision 2020.

How has the ongoing pandemic affected your work? Have you found it harder to get the album ready for release?

No problem whatsoever. It’s been a creative challenge to learn to make videos at home and it’s produced some unexpected results. Otherwise, the artwork, pressing and publicity material can all be organised using the internet. Most of my 2020 shows were postponed but it has been nice to take a break and build up strength for the next batch of shows.

Do you have any plans to tour in the UK once the pandemic is over?

Yes, I have a terrific band (my drummer is from Wakefield, Andy Mapplebeck) and we will tour in 2021 performing the old stuff and new tracks from Hearts, Loves and Babys.

You’ve also had some success publishing several guidebooks. Do you have any plans to publish anything else?

My books are – Peggy Lee Loves London – my guidebook to all my favourite spots in London featuring my little Poodle, and Metropoodle: My Cornwall Guide – which is now available on Kindle. And yes, featuring that Poodle again.

You’ve been releasing solo music for quite a while now – is the writing and recording much different than when you were in Katrina and the Waves?

Completely. Now I get to do whatever I want! Hahaha! We all wrote in Katrina and The Waves and we would democratically decide whether or not to proceed with a song once it was presented. I am much more critical of my own material and use my gut to decide which songs will make the cut.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry? Do you think the changes have helped or hindered you as an artist?

I’m always looking for strong women in the business to bring good authentic, empowered music onto the scene. There is way too much pandering and tedious coquettish posturing. I’m a strong woman and was inspired by the best in the business –  Chrissie Hynde and Deborah Harry to name two. Music will always survive even if it’s postponed for a year.

Do you have any plans to reform the band in the near future?

Katrina and the Waves split in 1999. We will never reform.

Any last words for the fans?

Hearts, Loves and Babys is out August 28. I will see you somewhere down the road at a live show somewhere and we will all be so happy for it.