Kathy Hinch - Nocturnal Soul Sessions
Red Bennies' learns a little more about the Soulful Songstress Kathy HInch and her Band
When did you start singing?
I have always sung in some shape or form for as long as I can remember!
Officially, I think my mum finally put me into lessons at about age 12. This helped focus some of my energy into my love for music.
Did you always want to be a singer when you were growing up? If not, what did you want to be?
I always really wanted to be a dancer. Many hot rollers and sequins later, I decided I was much better at music. I was lucky enough to land a spot at the VCA Victorian College of the Arts), undertaking a bachelor of Music degree, fresh out of High School. I'm not sure what I would have done if that hadn't happened. There was nothing else I considered to be an option other than singing.
Who are your major musical influences?
I have many stylistic influences that vary from the likes of soul/jazz/pop and just about everything in between.
In terms of songwriting though, it's fair to say that my peers mostly influence me. There's something really special about having a bunch of mates that all write songs. Quite often I'm so impressed by what I've heard, it sparks the inspiration to go and write something myself, which I think is the best compliment you can give a songwriter.
How would you describe your music?
I'd like to think of the music as being rich in lyrical storytelling; having musical substance and sophistication whilst remaining accessible and catchy when you're in the mood for doing your thing on the dance floor..
Is there a genre it falls into?
I would say the genre falls into neo-soul/ pop, which sometimes has a bit of a jazz vibe.
How did the band form?
In May of 2010 I was asked to put on a support show at The Esplanade Hotel for "The Little Stevie's". At that point I didn't even have a band, but didn't want to let the Stevie's down. I am a massive fan and friend and didn't want to pass up the opportunity, so I called upon some fellow students I was studying with at the VCA to put together and workshop a bunch of my original songs. Once we had performed I was hooked and we didn't look back!
What is your most memorable performance?
I think this first show playing my own original songs was definitely a massively memorable gig. There's really no other feeling like wearing your heart on your sleeve and diving in head first while sharing new songs for the first time.
What was it like recording with Jason Heerah of Electric Empire? How did this come about?
I had a specific idea that I really wanted the drum tracks on the debut EP to be really special. So I figured whom better to record them for me than a drummer - one that happens to be not only super talented, but also a great dude. So I contacted Jason and hooked up a session in his studio space, and was lucky enough to make the most of his expertise and gear while our drummer, Sarah Galdes, put down the drum takes.
Where would you like to see the future of the Melbourne music industry?
Alive. I'd love to see more venues having the facilities to have original music played.
I'd also love to see more Australian acts on the mainstream airwaves so that the people who may not venture out much into the ‘hidey hole’ venues of Melbourne to see live music, have a chance to see what the scene actually has to offer. Then in turn, be really able to enjoy and support it.
Who are your favourite artists of the moment?
Jill Scott. John Legend. John Mayer. Maybe it's a j thing?
What lies ahead for you and the band in 2012?
An exciting EP Launch, continuing to develop our sound, and really trying to make ourselves a force to be reckoned with in Melbourne. I'll leave the world domination stuff until maybe 2013…
Where would you ultimately like to see yourself in 5 years time?
I would ultimately love to have music be my ticket to showing me the world. I feel like I have a lot of travelling in me to do and if music could take me there it would be even better.
Without giving too much away, what can the Red Bennies audience expect from your performance on the night?
Solid grooves, good vibes, a slick band and a special guest appearance!
Why MUST people come and see you perform at Nocturnal Soul Sessions?
11.11.11- Do you really want to risk not doing something awesome on this date? At least if the world ends you will have amazing cocktails and great tunes. :)
What do you have to say about the auspicious nature of the date, 11.11.11? Do you think the world is going to come to an end?
I can't say. All I know is that I'm infamous for getting obsessed with conspiracy theories. I freak when I see an all seeing eye. If you are into these you'll know what that means! So it's probably best to keep any of it away from me. Maybe we should buy lots of tinned spaghetti like we did when the y2k bug was coming? Or was that just me? I'm not quite sure how spaghetti would save us from the apocalypse but it seemed more than adequate back then.
Any final comments Kathy?
Cannot wait to hit the Red Bennies Stage!
Wherever she performs shes just amazing