How the devil are you Cat Pierce?
Hey Cat, how the devil are you?
I'm just dandy thanks for asking.
What have you been up to today?
Well I'm actually just waking up but I'm planning on making myself some eggs, going on a little hike and then painting.
So we obviously know you from your band with your sister, The Pierces, how come you’re out on your own now?
Allison and I have been in a band together since were little girls. We loved it and we had amazing experience together we wanted to try making music on our own. Sometimes you have things you wanna say without your sibling ya know?
Your new music is quite different from The Pierces, how refreshing was it to try something a little different?
It's been great! It's interesting to make music when you're calling all the shots. It makes it scarier but in a way more exciting. I write music in all different directions. So it's fun to explore and experiment.
You’re released three singles so far, without officially announcing a full album; are albums becoming a thing of the past?
I think there will always be a place for the album. It's a lovely expression to put together a collection of songs that form a piece.
What can we expect from your album when it does arrive?
I'm not sure since I haven't finished it! It's been an interesting process writing and creating the songs. I've been working it out over the course of a couple of years and it's still evolving. I think it's safe to say you can expect something eclectic.
What’s your process for writing and selecting songs?
It's different with each song really. Sometimes I'll get an idea for a melody, sometimes it's starts with a lyric or a beat. I flesh them out on my own until I've got a solid song and then begin working with a producer. The songs that make it all the way are the ones that just continue to move me.
I really like ‘Weapon Of War’, what can you tell us about the song?
That song actually started out very different from the way it ended up sounding. When I first wrote it it felt like an old hymn but it kept growing and it turned into something very different. Sometimes that happens in the studio when you're being creative and open...things can shift in an exciting, unexpected way. The song is about healing from an abusive relationship so there is a lot of emotion within it that I think translated into the production.
How different is all this without your sister alongside you?
It's very different in the sense that you making all the decisions on your own and if it fails or succeeds it's all on you. But at the same time we are still so close and we run everything by each other. She is still my sounding board and we have been very supportive of each other.
What’s been the best thing about going solo?
Not having to argue over who's gets to wear the best dresses at photo shoots. Haha.
And the worst?
Sometimes it's lonely.
You’re from Alabama, what do you like most about your home state?
Alabama is really beautiful. My dad used to take us on hikes at a place called Oak Mountain in Birmingham. We would hike through the hills until we reached a little waterfall called Peavine Falls. It's one of my favorite memories.
What’s been your best experience so far this year?
It was really exciting to release my first single in January. It was so nerve-racking but then the feedback was so lovely. I've also loved making the videos for the songs...I enjoy creating cool visuals that enhance the feeling or the message of what you're trying to convey.
What does the rest of 2017 hold for you?
I want to finish this album! Other than that… I'll leave it up to the gods.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve played live?
We played in a shoe store once. That was weird.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Suzanne' by Leonard Cohen
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
You should've asked me what my guilty pleasure was and I would've answered that pleasures should never be guilty.
What are you doing next today?
I'm going to attempt meditation but I'm sure my iPhone will distract me from cosmic consciousness.
Finally, how do you take your coffee? Or alcohol?
Coffee with lots of cream no sugar. Alcohol...I enjoy a well balanced margarita or a good red wine but never mix the two in the same night.
Thanks so much for your time Cat.
Thank you x
You can stream all three of Cat's singles on any good streaming service, our choice is Tidal, or you can watch the videos on her YouTube channel. You can find out more about Cat on her Facebook page or follow her on Twitter.