Interview: Kat Wright - Indubitably Indomitable - Discusses Formation of The Soul Band & new EP
Kat Wright easily caught our attention not too long ago when the band she's a part of, The Indomitable Soul Band, released the video up on YouTube in January of 2013. After falling in love with her voice at first listen we knew we had someone special in our sights and had to dig deeper for the story behind Kat and the band for our readers. Trust us -- one listen and you'll fall in love.
The Indomitable Soul Band.. why that hard-hitting name?
its a funny thing. I guess its really about the meaning of the word -- unstoppable -- unconquerable -- at first someone suggested it, and it just kind of sounded "big". But then after going back to the name, it sounded like it matched our 8-piece band. it was appropriate as we grew. It's not easy to work with eight other artists. everyone has their own life, their own time, and there's a lot of schedule challenges. That word -- indomitable -- has taken on more meaning with our crew as we grow and continue to create art together. We call on that word to give us strength.
You guys started off playing weekly events in the town of Burlington, Vermont. Your band noticed that there was a void with soul music and that's where you guys were inspired to come together to perform. Talk to us a bit about that..
Burlington is a really great musical town! For the past two years we've had our musical residency here. There's a lot of blues and jazz, and a lively hip hop scene -- but we wanted to work on something that combined all those genres a bit. A bunch of the guys in the band help out with hip hop projects. Because of that we thought it would be a good idea to have MC's sit in with us as we are playing/recording.
It seems like you were with a band called 'Loveful Heights' before pairing up with 'The Indomitable Soul Band'?
that project came out and ended rather naturally. That was my childhood best friend and we parted ways geographically. Before splitting off we did a mini tour. I was living in Burlington - I've always knew I had a very versatile voice. I knew I could do something that had volume and something really big. I liked the acoustic/folk music, harmonies.. but it wasn't really "dance-able". I just wanted to do something that was appealing to all demographics and that's kind of the beauty of soul music. They all dig soul music.. you can be a great indie band and have a following but it's not a universal thing. Shane Hardiman (keys) was the first one who started talking about creating a soul band.
Talk to us about 'Naked Musicians' (a video series) and how that opportunity came about in 2011
So that was a video series that my friend, Matt Day, was producing a while back. It focused on the true artistry of musicians. His mission was filming artists without any big lights, or vocal effects. Hes worked with a lot of great people and I really liked the vibe of me and Brett Hughes (the guitarist in the video), and also enlisted him as the director behind our "All About You" video.
Are you working on a new EP with the band?
We've been able to do it pretty quick -- I guess you can say we were ready! Yea, we could have put out something a year ago.. but it wouldn't have reflected back to our band. We wanted it to be solid piece of work. if you haven't had a lot of opportunities to perform [your music], then it doesn't have it's own life yet. Because we've worked on the song so much before bringing it to the studio we've been able to fine tune the song with Oliver Gebhardt who owns an analog studio in Burlington (Sound Loom Studios).