KAT

With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to KAT. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
PL – I feel fulfilled musically. Without Looking Back is a story about artistic maturity, a map of its progress, if you like. We talk about our fascinations without pretending to be someone else. The record has a very wide range of genres. Listening to individual songs, I have images from my life that refer to my idols. I think that everyone listening to this music can take away the same impression by referring to their own lives.

I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
PL – The literal translation of KAT is simply an ‘ Executioner. ‘ I invented the name at school when I was 12 years old. It was about someone who is doing justice. Such children’s visions! Currently, apart from the family, it is the most important thing my life.

What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
PL – Everyone needs appreciation, and everyone performing on stage wants to be appreciated. Artists tend not to say it out loud but it’s the truth. When there are people waiting for my music, that’s the most important confirmation for me that I’m going the right way. That my work has value and has not been in vain. Let’s not kid ourselves, fans are the most important thing for the artist. There may be few or many, but it is for them that we play.

How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
PL- Nowadays image can be decisive for a band’s popularity. It’s crucial at the beginning of your career that you be recognized. Of course every band’s image is different. So, one image for AC / DC, something different for KISS. Everyone has to attract something and everyone cares about the image. Some attract simplicity, others, the sophistication of a big show. But if it’s not supported by great music, then after a while there will be only a few nice pictures and the listeners will go to someone else whose playing is better than your look.

I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
PL – I think that this is a very important element of the team’s image. In our case, art work for WLB is the work of Jerzy Kurczak who made almost all the covers for KAT. Fans identify with the band through the message flowing through the cover. In heavy metal it is more important than it might seem. Many people decide to buy discs based on art work and only then do they listen to the music.

We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
PL – There are as many benefits as defects. On the one hand, band/fan communication is much easier, but after a while the artists are trapped on every side. The next consideration is protection of privacy. The worst part of social media is hating. Not all artists can handle this. I think that anonymity on the Internet, the opportunity to hate and manipulate, is the worst thing that currently affects us. There is also the question of stealing music over the internet. It kills bands. I am curious to know how it will end, but I think, probably, not very well.

When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
PL – You put it very well. When I play, I feel that I am part of one organism. Everyone speaks one language and has no borders. Each new audience member confirms that what you do makes sense. But I feel it when I listen to others. For me, music is the only thing that can change my mood in a second. I’m moving in time, no matter where I am. Music is an invisible medicine for me.

When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
PL – I think that too much is done for the show, and the music somehow fades into the background. I think of some extreme musical genres more as a sociological phenomenon. Sometimes I see more emphasis on showing eccentricity than in the creation of a song that is happily heard over the years. If there is too much business and too little music, there is no art.

How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
PL – We used to play more. Now we have been working on the record for a long time and we have not performed concerts. I was forced to refuse a few concerts this year at festivals. But soon we will come back with concerts. All information can be found on
www.kat-band.com

What will the future bring?
PL – I just don’t know. In my life there have been many things I wanted to achieve. Some came to fruition, some didn’t. There have been so many surprises along the way and I guess I’ve stopped thinking about the future. I only have dreams because they’re my driving force.

Thank you for the interview and best regards Piotr Luczyk

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