Interview with Cat Una

On Monday 25th July Sessions58 presents a special performance by artist Cat Una.

Cat Una has blossomed from a humble solo acoustic singer-songwriter into a mature act, adding new members to her band that have each perfected their instruments thus giving her live shows a new depth and excitement.   

"CAT has a voice that will sing you to sleep and then stab you in the heart”…” With that comes a whole new sound that is reminiscent of the smooth band you would find in a 1920’s smoke-filled jazz bar; and it’s a breath of fresh air against the hoards of alternative-indie bands that dominate the Leeds music scene. 

Following on from recently supporting the BBC 6 Music favourite Tom Williams on tour, Cat Una has released three e.p.'s on Monomyth Records and in turn gained support from BBC Introducing resulting in a live session of her own as BBC Introducing’s Artist of the week June 2018.

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We caught up for a chat to get to know her a bit more

LookingGlass: Hi Cat, thank your for catching up with us. Can you briefly introduce yourself and your music journey?

Cat Una: Of course! So I was lucky enough to have piano lessons when I was younger but was awful and didn’t practice. I started singing when I was about 12 but just in a locked bathroom then I taught myself guitar when I was 16 and would sing covers and write poems. I only started writing and gigging when I went to uni in 2013 and it’s just been constant since then!

LG: You recently graduated at Leeds Beckett University with a BA Hons in Music production and performance, how did the educational experience prepared you to kick off your career?

CU: So yeah, the main thing was it gave me the freedom to practice and write, record, try performing at open mics, meet other musicians who are amazing and I still play and gig with, network with anyone and everyone, and I don’t feel I could have done that back in the small village I grew up in! 

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LG: What’s the funniest memory you have recording?

CU: I don’t know it’s always pretty fun but one time we thought there was a ghost because there was a noise we couldn’t make out coming to through the recording.. turns out it was the air conditioning..

LG: Congratulations on performing for BBC Introducing! What can you tell us about that experience and your latest ep?

CU: Thank you! The interview was a little scary but playing with the band is always a lot fun so we had a great time! 

So yea my new single “Undermining Eleanor” is available on Spotify and Apple Music, it’s a little different to the my other ones! 

 

LG: Besides having your music out there on streaming platforms, you’re also signed to a label. What was the first thing you did after signing with Monomyth Records?

 CU: Yes the Monomyth Records family is just brilliant, it’s a non for profit artist development organisation and I’ve been recording my album and released ep’s on vinyl and cd as well as online like you said since being a part of it and it’s been great!

LG: Can you give us a short playlist for the Summer?

CU: Well I’m listening to these songs a fair bit at the moment:

  •  Childish Gambino - California
  •   Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Hunny Bee
  • Jerry Williams - Left and Right 
  • Rex Orange County -Television/ So far so      good
  • Zuzu - All Good
  • First Aid Kit - Postcard
  • Florence and the Machine - Hunger 
  •  Peace - California Daze 
  •  BADBADNOTGOOD ft. Charlotte Day  Wilson - In Your Eyes 
  •  LUMP - Curse of the Contemporary 

LG: If your sound was a flavour what would that be?

CU: Ahaha wow I can’t say that’s something I’ve ever thought about but I asked my sister what she thought and said smoky bacon and maple syrup which is just delicious so I’ll go with that.

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All photos credits to Jamie Corbett