CATE ROX is a new name to me but I got intrigued enough to wanting to know more so I had to interview her. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

When the idea came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
– The main purpose for me is just making music itself. It was all I ever wanted to to, ever since I was a child. Becoming a singer and musician was always my biggest aspiration in life, so I guess my purpose is to reach my goal and have a successful music career.

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
– major part of my own personal sound is my voice I would say. People have always been telling me that I have a very unique und recognisable voice, which makes it easier for me to create songs where the listener will immediatley know that it’s me. Otherwise I just add whatever I like to my songs, I get inspired by a variation of artists and genres, and I don’t really stress about making a certain sound. In the end that is probably what makes it my own sound. It just kind of falls into place. And every song is different, that’s another important aspect of my music.

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
– The creative process varies from song to song. Personally I have written some songs within a few hours, while I had to work on others for several weeks, until they finally felt good enough. Generally I find it quite easy to write the lyrics for my songs, the melodies are a bit trickier for me. But with the help of a good producer, who can show you what you can make out of a simple idea, everything is possible.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
– Fortunately that has never happened to me before. I am very cautious with my song material and I pay attention that everything is a 100% finished and perfect before I expose it to an audience.

I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
-I am obviously no fortune teller, so I can only guess what will happen with recorded music in the future. By my estimation there will always be people who cherish music, and who are willing to spend money on it, especially if they feel strongy about an artist who they want to support. Also there is a kind of retro wave happening right now, where lots of people rediscover their love for vinyl, so who know’s where that will lead in the future…

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
– am very happy to tell you that I have had positive responses only so far. I would say that my voice itself has gotten the most attention, people seem to like the sound of it very much, which I am obviously glad about haha.

We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
– I have had the best experiences in direct contact with my audience so far, instead of online. One time two little girls came up to me after a gig, and they wanted an autograph and a photo with me. They were quite shy and very sweet, simply adorable. That is one of my favourite memories!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
– To a certain extend I do. I may be a solo artist with a live band and not a member of a band, but I still get that feeling of belonging, that I am part of a community. I mean after all it is just a occupation category like any other, we just do our jobs, but still I would say there is a feeling of community amongst us musicians.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
– I love playing live! For me that is the best part of my job. Not only does it help you build a bigger following, but it also allows you to bond with your audience, to share your passion with them on a very personal level.

What plans do you have for the future?
– I have several gigs booked for this year, as well as the next one, besides that I am already working on album number 2! I can only hope for the future that I will get to see some exciting places and share my music with as many people as possible, preferrably live. I hope my music will continue to get positive responses, and that I will be able to to my job for quite a while.

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