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GET TO KNOW: Kat Reinhert
After delighting us with a flurry of light and uplifting material these last few years, which have included the two studio albums 'Spark' and 'Home Movie', captivating New York-based singer and songwriter Kat Reinhert recently returned to deliver her latest collection 'Dead Reckoning'.
With its mixture of country, folk, and jazz influences, 'Dead Reckoning' sees the artist return in fine form. Filled with beautifully wistful soundscapes, sweeping production, and her own voice soaring throughout, this new release really shows her at her illuminated best.
So with the record available to stream and download now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and what has inspired her most over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
I mean, I started singing – and I think of my voice as an instrument – at about 2. Then, I started learning to play the piano at about age eight – I’m still learning…
What was the first album you remember owning?
Oh gosh – it was either “Tiffany” by Tiffany or Linda Ronstadt “Canciones de Mi Padre” And I owned it on tape…
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Nope. I grew up in a really small town in the middle of Wisconsin and didn’t even know that was a thing until I went to college. It just wasn’t something anyone I knew did.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Pretty much anything by John Mayer or Joni Mitchell…Maybe John Mayer’s “Stop This Train” or “In the Blood” or Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” or “California”.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Honestly, just the writing of it – the empowering feeling that comes from knowing that I CAN absolutely create my own music. And then seeing that music reach people and move them.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Right now? It’s trying to figure out how to produce songs myself. I’m still working on getting that part together. I’ve been playing with some amazing musicians for a long time – and I plan to continue to do that – but I’m also starting to see what my individual voice has to say when I play all the parts and create all the tracks in a DAW – the learning curve is pretty steep.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Laila Biali, John Mayer, Sara Bareilles, or Joni Mitchell.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Doing what I’m doing now – but with a larger audience and on bigger stages where I can share what I love with more people.
Kat Reinhert's new album 'Dead Reckoning' is out now. Enjoy it in full below.