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WHAT’S UP | KITA ALEXANDER

Between long walks and a listening session to a newly produced single (hopefully to be released soon), Kita Alexander had a chat to us about her newly released EP Hotel and all the things that have changed in these past few months leading up to the release.

What’s the worst show you ever played?

Hmmm probably my first one ever… I had just landed back in Australia after being in the UK – I had a flu and pretty much no voice.

What’s the best?

Probably my first show haha, I remember having so much adrenaline and was so happy that I was finally bringing my songs to life.

Your new EP Hotel just came out – how does it compare to the music you’ve released in the past?

It’s a whole lot more personal. All of the songs on it reflect actual moments in my life.

What was the process like writing the EP?

It was a bit all over the place. It was written in LA, with a few of my favourite producers. But the one thing that remained consistent was my emotion and memories that I brought into the sessions.

Did you have a favourite track on the EP? Did your favourite track change when it was released or mixed and mastered?

Nope, always was and always will be Hotel. Even from the very first demo (which is the last track on the EP) to where it finished. It was always Hotel.

Can we expect a tour or any new music from you soon?

Maybe not a tour in the real near future, I’m still in the full-on period of being a new mum. But a new mum can also release new music haha. I’ve got a couple songs after my sleeve.

How did becoming a mother affect you and your music?

It’s given me a lot more confidence in who I am as a musician and as a person. I believe in myself more than ever. Being a mum is the most challenging experience I will ever go through, and knowing that is believing in myself and my songs.

What do you do to try and get inspired?

Lately I’m finding that getting my blood pumping and a sweat going is the best inspiration haha. Those endorphins are so great!

What’s the last song you listened to? Why did you listen to it?

Want You Back by Haim. It was on the radio haha. Such a fun new tune from them. I already know all the words [laughs]

You’ve played/toured with heaps of amazing artists like Angus and Julia Stone, Matt Corby and more. What was it like playing to these larger crowds? Did you learn anything in particular from any other musicians in particular?

I’ve learnt that I prefer playing in front of a larger crowd than in front of my best friends [laughs]. Julia Stone. This girl is amazing. I’m lucky enough to be good friends with her now. She’s been doing music for such a long time and knows the ins and outs of being a young woman in a man-run industry. She has given me so much advice; the best was quite simple and helped a lot. She said, “Kita, if you’re ever in a situation where someone is talking over the top of you and not letting you talk, shut them down politely. Tell them they are being rude by not listening to you, tell them your ideas and make it clear how you want to achieve them”. Have direction that people can follow.

 

Sara Tamim