Combining jazz and ‘scissor chords’ is all in a day’s work for Katie Wighton as she embarks on her first national tour.
“I guess I really love that classic songwriting but I also really love sort of throwing people a little bit, I don’t think I do it on purpose though,” Katie says. “We throw in odd chords that people wouldn’t expect, and Brian Campeau who produced my EP is the master of that. He plays the guitar with scissors in one take, and he recorded a bunch of guitar takes and played them in reverse for other tracks. I studied jazz at uni and that comes out sometimes as well, so it's not just a traditional harmony many people expect.”
Being forced to overcome nerves early on has made things easier when performing, Katie says.
“I remember the moment when I stopped getting nervous. I was at uni and I was about to go on stage and realised my water bottle was empty but stupidly picked that moment to go and get water. I was walking back from the bubbler and I heard them announcing my name and I had to run to get on stage. By the time I was on stage they were playing my intro, so I really had to take some deep breaths and centre myself and that was the last time I remembered being super nervous.
“Now when I get nervous I have a little run or I jog on the spot or do something physical and get rid of all the bad nerves, and [I’m] left with the really great stuff that lets you perform well.”
Experiencing both the good and bad that comes with having fans, Katie says without them the music industry just wouldn't be the same.
“I did have a stalker last year, who I ended up having to get an AVO against, but apart from that my fans are all lovely people. They're people who are music lovers and go to every gig and that's so beautiful. There are people that I've met at gigs who are in my liner notes for my EP because they’re the people that make live music a necessity.”
Katie Wighton performs at the Brisbane Powerhouse MaR 24. Katie’s latest EP, ‘You Are Here’, is available now.