Kat Graham Talks "Road To…" on Awesomeness TV, Her Playlist, and More
Tue, 07 Aug 2012 07:42:50
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Kat Graham is the most fearless pop singer out there right now.
She's not afraid to be honest, and that's why her debut EP, Against the Wall hits so hard. That honesty carries over to everything she does, and it's a hallmark of her brand new Awesomeness TV show, Road To…. Each episode opens up Graham's world to viewers, allowing them deep into her inner circle to see her journey to success. It's pretty much the best way to get close to Graham…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Kat Graham talks Road To… on Awesomeness TV, his playlist, and so much more.
What do you dig about your Awesomeness TV show Road To…?
I'd been approached to have a reality show, and I didn't want to do that. I wanted it to be a little different. I wanted to make something that was really obviously for the fans. I didn't want it to seem like I was exploiting myself. It had to be a chronicle that everyone could follow. My fans are virally very present, and I wanted to do something for them. James Diener set me up with the guys from Awesomeness TV. I'm a huge fan of them from all their work on The CW, which I'm on. They were like, "We're starting this new channel, and we want to do a webisode series. Do you have anything? It's for a young audience". I had completed the pilot episode of it, and I was going to post it on my YouTube page as a weekly thing. I wound up giving it to them. There's a lot of footage. It's all for their fans really.
What did you want to do differently with Road To…?
I feel like a lot people follow me or become fans because of what they know me best for, which is The Vampire Diaries. I wanted to really show that I was doing music and what it takes. I wasn't lazily putting an album or a show together. There are so many people behind this album and on the team. There are choreographers, vocal coaches, engineers, dancers, and producers. It's a long line of hard-working people helping me create this. I wanted to showcase them too. I want people to see me for what I really am, which is a performer, and also understand I play a character on a show. There's another world inside of me though.
That world comes across clearly because you're so honest in the music. The show reflects that honesty.
I don't like to be totally perfect all the time. Sometimes, I like to wear my roughed-up Doc Martens. I like the music and performance to feel a little raw. If you're known as an actor, you're expected to be so polished all the time. I feel like it's good to showcase the more raw and revealed side of you as an artist. It's more honest. These webisodes show that.
You also have the memory of your first record completely documented.
I feel like a lot of people don't do that. I was like, "I should be filming this. There should be somebody with a camera here! It's one of the best moments of my life". I can look back on it someday and see where I started. It's cool for people to see what goes on behind-the-scenes and the personality I really have.
Are you planning a longer tour?
I absolutely want a full-blown tour. I went on that 11-city tour, but I want to perform everywhere in the world. When I went on that Black Eyed Peas world tour, I became completely obsessed with getting to that point because I had a taste of it even though I wasn't front and center. I was still in front of 30,000 people a night, and it became this obsession.
Have you been writing more music for the full-length?
I have like three albums' worth of material. I never stop recording. I love getting a new song down. I'm a bit of a collector [Laughs]. I love collecting new records. I always have three or four songs getting mixed at the same time.
Where does the new material go? Does it build on Against the Wall?
I think the EP was a great starting point. As I've allowed myself time and exploration as an artist, I've realized the importance of having honest in your work. I found that in acting. Pop can be kind of surface. I'm really into creating a life, vibe, feeling, and energy that exists in a record. My favorite word now is inspired. I don't do anything unless it feels inspired. I want to do something that challenges what I've done before. Lyrically, there's going to be a lot more honesty. There will be more artistry in it. I love drums, but I'm allowing the songs to write themselves. I'm not standing in the way saying, "Okay, well I'm going to the studio today because I want a hit". I'm going through the process of being a writer and writing whatever I want to. I'm respecting myself as an artist and not forcing my hand. I'll come up with the best material when I let it be.
Who's on your playlist?
I'm listening to a lot of Kanye West. I'm listening to the new Frank Ocean album. There are a lot of male artists [Laughs]. In terms of rock, it's been a lot of Marcy Playground. That's on my Pandora—so a little bit darker stuff.
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