Interview – Darcy Kate

Folk singer-songwriter and musician Darcy Kate recently released a song titled Songbird, which we reviewed. She has a fantastic sound to her music, so make sure you check it out if you like what you read below!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new single titled Songbird. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Songbird is a delicate folk song I wrote about persevering through challenges. It includes the words of wisdom I need to hear sometimes to keep pursuing my goals no matter what happens. It is available now on all downloadable platforms.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album/EP anytime soon?

I do! I have been recording for the past year at a little studio on the Sunshine Coast called Yama-Nui and have spent many days working on the ten songs that will be on my debut album. I am in the process of making the finishing touches, and it will be ready for release early 2022.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

My writing process is quite quick, spontaneous, and intuitive. Something usually comes to me and once I sit down with the guitar I tend to complete it within an hour or so. I usually hire a hall each week which has beautiful natural reverb, and I use that space to write and practice, so I just imagine myself telling the story to my audience and let it flow.

Recording is so much fun. I work collaboratively with my producer Steve and we have fun experimenting with sounds that accent aspects of the story for each song. I am constantly learning about the process- it never gets boring.

Do you plan to release any more singles at any point in the near future?

Yes! I plan to release my next single (the title is still a secret!) in the new year which will be followed by the album.

You’re from the Sunshine Coast in Australia. What is the music scene like there at the moment and are there any local band/artists you can recommend?

The music scene is still going strong here despite covid-19. There is so much talent on the Sunshine Coast, and so diverse. It is also a lovely community and I’ve grown to know many local musicians recently and have seen how resilient my peers are despite the pandemic. I have loved the folk tunes from Anna and Jordan, and Andrea Kirwin, I like listening to Sailing in Space, who bring so much energy to their shows, and Jazzella, who is an up and coming superstar.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

Often I am inspired by my emotions and experiences – these are the songs that tend to flow the quickest. I also write a lot about my values and sense of social justice. With regard to my playlist, I always come back to classics like Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen. Lately I’ve gone back to my Celtic roots and have been listening to some Mary Black.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic has definitely hindered my ability to play live shows, however I have been incredibly fortunate in that I have been able to continue working on the album in the studio and filming content for my videoclips which has kept me busy.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I have a few local shows before the end of the year, but have not planned a tour as of yet. Check out my socials and website darcykate.com for updates.

What can people expect from one of your gigs and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

My gigs are very intimate. I like to balance my shows with some storytelling and take people along the journey of my repertoire, with songs like Songbird where the room is still, to Run Away where people can dance. Performing live gives every song a different feel. Connecting with the audience is the best part, to share that intimate space where I can play my music and people can interpret it and apply it to themselves and make their own meaning from it is so special. It is a beautiful way to connect given these recent times of covid restrictions and isolation.

Any last words for the fans?

Thank you for supporting artists and this industry during this difficult time! We can’t do it without you! Music is healing. Much love, DK xx