Cathalyn Roberts – Musical Artist of the Month, September
Cathalyn Roberts, Founder of The Katy, is a Cleveland based songwriter, bassist & vocalist. The spirit of The Katy is expressed through energetic melodies and pulsing, driven tempos along with the purposeful lyrics addressing inequality, loneliness, adoration and struggle. Cathalyn’s songs have been featured in “Master” a Amazon Prime horror film also featured in the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, has opened for Thievery Corporation at Newport Music Hall & also toured with Grammy Award winning artist Van Hunt.
A recent interview with Cathalyn:
After those January sessions, Eli recorded alot of his keyboard parts at home, synths. We re-did some of the vocals too & I did harmonies at home. It felt good to show more of what I can do with that & learning some of the editing side of that more. Some percussion too & things, we overdubbed together in a time we were thinking we’d mix ourselves. We ended up being able to work with Pete Min, an L.A based engineer who mixed the album for us.
People are FreE was fun & special to have on the album. It’s a cellphone recording that we edited, of an exercise we were doing in rehearsal one day. We switched instruments with Ashanti on Bass, Eli on keys and I was playing drums.
Bonnie Single, we sampled from a really old rehearsal recording of us, Dan Fernandez helped out with drum programing on that , him & Ashanti. I wrote most of Elbowroom all at once at my old job, thinking & walking I heard the bass line & first couple lines. started writing the lyrics thinking what would I say if I could just stop the room & say what’s on my mind. & thinking about sort of a theme for our band, like The Clash has Garage land. Elbowroom, we reworked a few times & had some recordings of from a while ago, used some live too. we recorded claps together live & Its special Ashanti & I both sing towards the end. We had Patrick Graney playing some percussion & Jake Ford did some guitar parts too for that one.