FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Katey Brooks

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a singer-songwriter-producer from Bristol (UK) living in London. I grew up between Bristol and London, with many trips to Arizona, USA in between. I’ve been playing live in one way or another since I was 15 and my music has taken a few different forms. I’ve been fortunate enough to play all over the world from dive bars to concert halls and big festivals (Glastonbury, WOMAD, Australia’s National Folk Festival) and record in beautiful spaces like Abbey Road and Real World Studios. But my favourite place to record is at home in my pajamas. That’s where I feel most inspired.

You grew up inside a cult. What was that experience like?

Scary and overwhelming a lot of the time, but also completely normal to me because it was the only thing I knew. 

Was music something you used as a form of escapism from that situation?

Absolutely. My dad was a singer-songwriter back in the 70s before I was born, and my mum was a dancer so I grew up with a lot of music around me, in one way or another. Music was something I could disappear into, and express through. I think song lyrics are incredible because a song can tell you how you feel about something before you’ve even begun to work it out yourself!

You turned down a spot at the Brit School when you were 16. What went into the decision not to attend that school?

Honestly, I was intimidated by the idea. I was 16 and very attached to my life in Bristol at that point. The first time I’d ever felt like I belonged. I didn’t want to leave, and I also wasn’t ready to fathom the idea of a career in music at that point either – it came a few years later. I sometimes wonder what would have happened had I gone, but with intrigue rather than regret.

How would you describe your musical style?

With great difficulty! It’s always been tricky because I’m so inspired by so many different styles, and something different could come out of me on any given day. At present we’ve nailed it down to Indie Folk (with ethereal chorale soul vibes ;))


You have a new single out called “In Your Arms”. What can you tell us about this song?

I broke up with the woman I thought I’d marry, over the summer. It was extremely painful. But it was also extremely illuminating. I faced things I’ve run away from for a very long time; it was definitely transformative. One day not long ago I just heard the first line in my head “You’ll never know how much I love you”, and it spilled out of me in minutes. It was my way of telling her just how much I really did and do love her, despite her expressions of doubt about that fact.

What the experience like at one of your live sets?

I’ve been told it’s quite emotional and intense! It’s a hard thing to describe because I only know how I feel when I’m performing, and I think each person’s experience is very personal. I’d hope people go away uplifted 

What’s next for your career?

Making more music and sharing it. That’s me happy.

What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?

Make the music you love. Keep the focus there. Work hard and don’t get fixated on the results – what’s meant for you will come.

What’s your life like outside of the studio?

Very simple these days!! I had some very wild years but that’s not where it’s at for me now, it’s about friends, family, laughing, films, good food and wine, and when I can finally get round to it, some surfing and climbing!

Let the readers know where to find you online.

Come say hi 🙂

Facebook.com/kateybrooksmusic

Instagram @kateybrooks

Twitter.com/kateybrooksofcl

Youtube.com/kateybrooksofficial

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