Welcome back & a bit of a Phoebe Philosophy for the day… :)
So I decided to get back into blogging on Tumblr. I left you with the America tour last October (have a read below if you haven’t already!) and I am starting it up again as things are appearing to get very exciting in terms of interest in my music and general PhoebeKatisMusic shenanigans :)
Firstly I would just like to say a HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone who has already taken an interest in what I do and the music I create. It still baffles me that so many of you lovely lot are viewing my videos on Youtube finding me on Facebook and having a listen on Soundcloud . I am so incredibly grateful to each and every one of you, and I know it is said many many times by artists and singers but our fans are the most important thing to us and that can not be expressed any more than right now.
I strongly believe that as an artist, be that a singer, songwriter, actor, author, painter, poet, it is important to let your audience and fans know why you do what you do and why we want you to enjoy what we do. So here goes. I write music because I want people to be able to relate to the experiences I am capturing and be able to say “that’s exactly how I felt/feel”. Music is a powerful emotional release. Music is the socially acceptable alternative to running around butt-naked. Music is care-free, innocent, beautiful. What I and so many other artists like myself are doing is basically writing out experiences (sometimes our own, sometimes not) and emotions via music and lyrics. Every gig or performance is like having a DMC (deep meaningful conversation) with the audience, and that may be creepy to some of you, but to me it is wonderful. It is what music is all about, and more to the point, what being human is all about.
We spend the majority of our time feeling a certain emotion and in many cases those emotions run away with us; that’s when love, hate, anger, joy, fear, hope and everything else takes a hold of us and makes us do/say stupid yet often truthful things. A lot of the time we like to punch a wall or scream into a pillow when these emotions get the better of us; for me, music and songwriting is my alternative to a punchbag. I let everything out in song. Corny? No. Embarrassing? Not in the slightest. Healing? In every sense of the word. It’s why I and countless others find pleasure in singing our hearts out to Beyonce’s gutsy “I’m not afraid of anything” Sasha Fierce ballads, amongst other fantastic artists. We feel what they feel when they sing. We feel like we’re in their shoes performing that song. We get the same sense of emotional release that is more satisfying and less damaging than a hole in the wall. It’s that power of music that made me want to write. More often than not, I write music because I haven’t yet heard anything that perfectly encapsulates what I am feeling. So what better way to release my emotions than to create a piece of music directly from them. If I can then feel better by performing my songs, I want an audience to feel that too, just like I feel better when I listen to a Beyonce ballad. That’s why I do what I do. So an audience can listen, relate and understand, and if not relate & understand then to enjoy as a form of art, just like a painting, a poem or a piece of drama.
So that is really all I wanted to say for now. And to set the record straight; I’m not another wannabe popular sensation. I’m not in it for ‘fame’. ‘Fame’ is a concept that comes from people who don’t realise what the intentions behind the ‘famous’ are. True some people do just want to be ‘famous’ and you’re probably thinking “well what makes you so different?”. In answer I would say; ‘Fame’ is just another word for ‘influence’. If I write a song and someone is influenced by it and likes it enough to want to hear it again, then I would be helping them by recording it and putting it somewhere for them to hear it whenever they want (ie. sound cloud or youtube etc). If they show someone else that song and it has the same effect for them then they too would want to hear it whenever they want. If that process is multiplied hundreds and thousands of times over and people want to see, hear and be influenced by more of my music, then brilliant, I will gladly deliver. That is what ‘fame’ is. The process by which someone’s initial idea (in my case, my music) influences a large number of people. Not a mindless game to become the next most talked about person for no real reason. No one wants to be famous. Many people want to influence others and that is where you get your celebrities. Influence through film, TV, books; from actors, authors, journalists, everyone who is considered ‘famous’ are just individuals who believe in something that could influence the way people think, feel & live.
And what is wrong with that may I ask? The Human race has been doing it for years. Philosophers, historians, scientists are all people who have an idea that they believe would influence those who are interested in it. This has been a bit more of a philosophical first blog about the concept of ‘fame’ and I apologise for that if you were here to simply read a bit about me as a musician. But I’m not here to blab on about myself and my music. I think this is much more fun, so please feel free to comment back, message me, let me know what you think. Of course I welcome those of you who do enjoy my music and I would love to know what it brings to you in terms of what I have been talking about. My future blogs will have the usual what I’m up to next as an artist and what new songs are coming up and new gigs and recordings etc, but that is all me as Phoebe Katis Music and is purely for the benefit of those of you who are interested in what I am up to with my songwriting and performance. The parts of these blogs where I talk about broader topics as I have done today will be from me as Phoebe Katis, or Phoebs (nickname basis is preferable as these conversations/debates are purely light hearted and casual, no world-changing philosophical uprisings intended)
That is all for today! I hope you have enjoyed reading, if you have (or haven’t) then please feel free to let me know - leave a comment, message me, chat box etc. I welcome a discussion but nothing too heated please, this is PG blog ;)
All the best