VERGE SITS DOWN WITH CAT BURNS

Cat Burns is a new rising talent that is challenging the norm by releasing music that actually explains how we all feel pretty accurately. She’s quickly become one of our favourite up and coming artists, purely because she is herself in everything she does, especially when writing beautiful music that appeal to the masses. We had a chat with her to find out what exactly makes her so brilliant and how she’s continued to be real throughout the process.

Tell us a little bit about how you got into music, was it always the plan?

It actually wasn’t always the plan! I loved to sing but I didn’t really think about making it into a career until I was 11. Before that I wanted to be a basketball player! I joined the Brixton TopCats and played for 2 years, but then quickly realised It was not my passion at all, and ended up doing a school talent show and the rest is history…

Being a new up and coming artist must come with it’s challenges, what’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?

The biggest challenge I’d say I’ve faced so far would definitely be being boxed into a specific genre. However I really think that once some more music has come out, It’ll be a lot clearer!

Everyone looks up to someone in their career, who is your biggest inspiration?

I’d have to say my biggest inspiration is my mum honestly. We all think being an artist has been passed down through generations since my grandma, and I just really admire how hard she works and how she puts her heart into everything she does! It really inspires me to push and work harder with everything I do.

We imagine that it’s super exciting times for you right now! What’s the highlight of being a musician so far?

Definitely people messaging me telling me that they love the song or seeing videos of people dancing to it! It constantly reminds that this is why I do what I do, to inspire and entertain people!

The beginning of your career is full of crucial decisions and sometimes we all get that one piece of advice that we shouldn’t have listened to, what’s the worst advice you’ve gotten yet?

I think the worst piece of advice given to me would have to be when I was told that I should try making music that was of a niche genre, and I’m really glad I didn’t listen because I have a real passion for Pop Music and can’t wait to explore it even more!

Tell us more about the creative process, how do you create your music?

My creative process is quite random, sometimes I’m on the bus listening to a song, and an idea pops into my head, or I could be in my bedroom with my guitar! I usually come up with the hook first with a melody, record it into my voice memos, and write it into my notes.

Your songs come from personal experiences, which is what makes them so brilliant, can you tell us about one of the best moments you’ve had that’s lead to a song?

I was actually really sad and worried during the summer about what would happen to me when my friends were going off to Uni that it led me to writing a song about forever loving the city I’m from and never forgetting it no matter how far away we all may be.

Spill the beans! Tell us about what you’re working on next

I can say I have another single coming out soon! It’s another chilled bop for everyone to listen to, so I’m really excited for people to hear it!

Do you have any advice for anyone starting their path into being a musician?

Be annoying- continuously email people if you need to in order to get a response, remember if you don’t ask you don’t get! Be respectful and be polite- I am always reminding myself that there are people out there just as good, if not better than me who would happily take my spot if I was not working hard enough or not being a nice person, and that is what keeps me sane and not cocky or disrespectful to anyone I meet. Lastly I would say to put yourself out there! Release your own music by yourself, get your friends to share around, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty, and I’m a true believer in that if something is meant for you you will be given signs along the way to let you know you are on the right path!

Check out  the acoustic version of “Sober” from Cat Burns below, it’s also available on all streaming platforms here 

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