KATIE NICHOLAS – WINNER OF THE MICHAEL MOLLOY YOUTH MUSIC AWARD 2013 SPONSORED BY THE MAYOR OF LIVERPOOL
How did it feel to win the Michael Molloy Youth Music Award?
I turned up totally unassuming, and was convinced it couldn’t be me in a million years and was happy I had even been nominated. Anyway, when they said my name, I can’t actually remember what happened! I watched some embarrassing video of my awful speech on my Dad’s phone afterwards… but we won’t go there haha! Anyway, I had never felt so much joy before and was totally overwhelmed. It was such a special award, dedicated to a talented young musician called Michael Molloy whose life was taken in a crash. The Liverpool community have strived to shine a light on what happened and have celebrated this great young man throughout the awards and other music events. It was nice to be a part of that.
What were your highlights of 2013?
I had an amazing year in 2013. I’d say none of the amazing experiences I had would have happened if I hadn’t uploaded my song Chemistry to YouTube with a homemade video I made in my bedroom. Again, I had no idea that it would take off like it did – catching 100,000 views within 3 days. From this I took a trip to Belgrade to work with a Sony producer and arranger, Daniel Vujevic, after he took so much interest in my music. I played at some great Liverpool venues and festivals such as Threshold Festival and the City That Rocked The World festival and I’ve had the time of my life being in the vicinity of Liverpool meeting amazing musicians and friends along the way. CCTV Liverpool Sessions, BBC Merseyside Sessions, and to top it all, I won a Liverpool Music Award. Best year of my life – so far!
What are your plans for 2014?
Though Liverpool is always home and in my heart, I moved down to London in Summer 2013 to pursue a design career. Meanwhile plans for my music are still in full swing, with an EP on the way and I hope to continue moving in the right direction with my music videos and keep everyone entertained! Some great things are in the works at the moment, and hopefully some news from Nashville soon too…
Who would your dream collaboration be with?
Kacey Musgraves – her style of writing is right up my street!
Are there any Liverpool band/artists that have caught your eye recently?
Ah I’m such a fan of so many Liverpool artists that it’d be hard to say just one. I am totally in awe of Just By Chance, Rob Vincent, Natalie McCool and Dominic Dunn! And McLowry’s harmonies blow me away also. This list could go on and on…
What is your favourite Venue in Liverpool?
Possibly Parr Street Studio 1… I’ve always found the atmosphere to be great in there, and it looks so good too.
How would you describe your sound?
Mostly I’d say country/pop – if I was going to have to put it in a box. I typically describe my sound as honest – sometimes a bit twee – and it’s a true reflection of my feelings and thoughts.
Who are your influences for the music you make?
Musically, I don’t actually think I do have any major influences… I mainly write songs with nothing but my own feelings in mind, yet subconsciously I think influences from other songs I like probably creep in. I enjoy listening to classic country artists like Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Patsie Cline because I love how their voices somehow can emotionally connect with people, and their lyrics can also identify with people so strongly.
Any new music releases soon?
Aside from my first EP to be on the way soon (it’s about time!) – I should have a new music video release out by the end of March called Revenge. Something totally different from my other stuff… so it’ll be interesting to see how it goes down.
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Big thank you to The Mayor of Liverpool who sponsored The Michael Molloy Youth Music Award 2013: