Kat Graham Talks "Wanna Say"
Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:59:08
Kat Graham continues to light pop up with her latest single "Wanna Say".
It's a sexy, slick anthem that illuminates just how powerful Graham's voice is. The music video shows another side of the multi-talented songstress. With an energetic dance segment, it hearkens back to classic videos of the early '90s with its own 21st century attitude. You've just got to watch it!
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Kat Graham talks "Wanna Say", what's next, and so much more.
What was the mindset going into the "Wanna Say" music video? It's different from "Put Your Graffiti on Me".
It's a little different from "Put Your Graffiti On Me". I really wanted to do something that was a bit of a throwback to the 1950s. I always get asked, "What do you like better singing or dancing?" I come from the old school Rat Pack mentality where to even get hired for anything you had to sing, dance, and act. It was more common in the 1950s or even in the 1920s, when you're thinking about Josephine Baker and all these different kinds of artists. I wanted to include that in the video if there wasn't going to be a narrative. If we were going for another dance video, I wanted it to be different and capitalize on that time. There's a bit of modernism in there too.
It's not a total Leave it to Beaver throwback though. There's a fresh spin.
[Laughs] No, it's not! It was definitely a collaborative effort. We went back to the drawing board a few times and said, "If we do this, we can't do that". We wanted to make sure people were familiar with the style, but I could go into a character mode. We were able to split it down the middle in some parts.
Where do the visuals and the song's lyrics converge?
Bringing in a love interest was really cool. The video is so fun. You see a lot of whipping and turning. There's quite a bit of flowing and free dancing. That's what the song symbolizes. There's this excitement. The song is all about being free with your love. I hope that we were able to execute that with the choreography.
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The general pop public is going to expect that natural talent across the board more and more now as a reaction to living in such an electronic-drowned world. Everything is a reaction to what's before it.
Absolutely! I hope people will want more of it and be more open to it as well. I feel closer to Will Smith than another artist who all of a sudden turned to singing. I've always been this, and it's evolving. Eventually, I'd love to do stuff like when Michael Jackson did those short films such as Ghost. So many artists have done biopics. I'd love to have more narrative in my videos and show different elements of singing, dancing, and acting. Maybe we can do a tap dancing sequence and really bring it back to that old school multi-dimensional artist ideal. It's who I am. I feel cheated if I can't sing and dance [Laughs]. Something's missing!
Who's on your playlist right now?
I don't get to listen to a lot. If I'm in the car, I'm usually listening to my own mixes and making sure they're cool because they're recording nonstop. I love Adele's "Skyfall". I always buy soundtracks. I really love that. I've been getting into Kendrick Lamar. I love Rita Ora's voice. I met her when we had a show back in December. I always love Kanye West. I listen to everything he puts his hands on. I'm always a will.i.am fan too. I think Azealia Banks is so rad too. She's got such a great energy.
Does balancing movies and music get any easier?
I'm always balancing both. I have two weeks off, which is perfect. By fate, it feel in line with the "Wanna Say" release. Initially, I always said, "Oh, it's easy!" During the first couple seasons, I wasn't in it as much as I am now. It's a little harder now to balance. I take my work so seriously both musically and on the show. I'm sleeping less [Laughs]. That's the only thing I can give up.
Have you been constantly recording?
I always believe you shouldn't wait for anyone to give you the flag to go forward. I have over 50 songs mixed that I'm putting to the side so when we're ready for the album I'm prepared. I firmly believe if you're an artist you should never stop writing or recording songs. I can't wait to go home and record. I record everything out of one studio in L.A. I travel back from Atlanta just to get out these ideas. I'm dying to release single after single, do more stuff, and collaborate with other artists, rappers, and rock singers. I want to try something new and different. Working with another artist will be the perfect mix.
Do you dig the song?