Kate Lomas on Anthemic Pop Choruses, Her ‘Obsessive’ Work Ethic and Her Top Tip for Women Breaking Into the Music Industry

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British chanteuse Kate Lomas is back with another bop!

“Ecstasy” is a dreamy, addictive bop which, to use Kate‘s words, has an “anthemic style chorus.” I caught up with the Bath based newcomer about “Ecstasy”, which is “the first of two singles existing in an audiovisual project offering an immersive 360° experience where the lyrics are visually represented through a photographic timeline” – Beyoncé is shook!

The diva, who debuted with the brilliant Let’s Just Be EP last September, also touched on singing in her British accent, Lorde being a genius and massive choruses in pop songs.

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Talk me through the context of your new single, “Ecstasy”.

“Ecstasy” is the first single to be released after releasing my debut EP in September 2016. For me, the song is about accepting change and living in the thrill of the moment. Also the emotion of excitement when you realize you have moved on from something that was bringing you down.

Is it a deliberate creative choice to sing with quite a British accent?

This was not a conscious decision, I just sing with what comes naturally to me; I guess over years my British accent has developed into my singing voice!

Your songs have massive choruses, like all legendary pop songs should. What inspires this?

I think that my singer/songwriter background has helped me with this. Before moving to production I’ll write the bare bones of a song, and in the context of “Ecstasy” the chorus naturally developed into an anthemic style chorus. I love uplifting songs that give a sense of euphoria and this is something I wanted to achieve with “Ecstasy”.

Underrated pop icon Heidi Montag once famously compared her 2010 opus, Superficial, to Thriller. Who would you compare your work to, and why?

This is such a difficult question! I take influences from such a range of things in my music. With this single I’d compare it to the current pop queen, Dua Lipa, as she has big anthemic choruses with a touch of sass.

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What’s the music scene in Bath, your hometown, like?

Having lived in London for the last 3 years I’ll now be returning back to the Bath music scene. Everyone is extremely supportive and vouching for me, which is a really lovely thing when you’re starting out.

Who, in your opinion, is the greatest female vocalist?

I don’t have a favorite vocalist as such, when I listen to music I listen more to the style and the song writing than the voice. Songs with commitment and character within them are more valuable to me than the technicality of a vocal. Having said that, I think that Lorde is very impressive with the revolution of pop she has created and her creative lyrics.

Apart from Guy Britton, who else would produce your debut album?

Guy is very much part of the creative process so I think I’d be lost without him! Haha. But I’d love to work with Flume or Mura Masa. I love their quirky creative output and I think they’d be really interesting to create music with!

Are there any female musicians you’d love to work with?

I think Lorde and I would get on well. For me, her lyrical style is very relatable and I’d love to co-write with her. There’s so many impressive female artists like Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa, Haim and Connie Constance, I would love any opportunity to work with these ladies.

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How would you describe your work ethic?

I feel that I have a very strong work ethic, to the point of being obsessive haha. Guy and I work very hard and have a very DIY approach to things. We always say ‘If you want something done then do it yourself’. Maybe this can be a negative thing sometimes as I have to have control of everything, but so far so good. 🙂

What has been your biggest failure so far, and how did you overcome that?

I don’t feel that there is a particular failure that’s stuck with me because every bad thing that may have happened has felt like it has been part of a bigger journey. I very much live by the fact that you can’t have success without failure.

What’s your top tip for women trying to break into the music industry?

Never stop developing and, as cheesy as it sounds, don’t give up. As long as you are developing your sound and practicing your craft then you are on the right track!

What is your ultimate music industry dream?

Just to keep doing what I’m doing and be recognized for it. I want people to feel something when they hear my tracks, whether they hate it or love it, it would be great to evoke that from people.

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Buy or stream “Ecstasy” by Kate Lomas.

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