An Interview With Katy Tunbridge
A new single release from Katy Tunbridge brings out an honest and edgy pop rock feel with a lot of heart as she sings with a dynamic range and passion that grabs at you and guitars give the song a rock soundscape.
"Life's Not Fair" is an instant classic and does an outstanding job of showcasing the young artists ability to let it out in her own way and she pulls it off in a way that feels pretty charming honestly.
The track manages to really take something that gives us a reminder that even though we know life's not fair, it's going to be okay.
Her presence on the song has plenty of character and throughout the songs likable hooks and choruses you start to think how she would be live in person.
The energy she has on the recording is killer and it would be really cool if you get that energy during a live performance.
This track has that lighthearted edginess and never really crosses a line of anything too heavy or hard. It's that truthful tonality that gets you. You understand her and agree with her in your head as you bob your head to the single.
This has that sort of 90's radio rock style to it that makes it catchy and welcoming.
With such a killer release we wanted to touch base with Katy to see where this all came from and what may be next for her.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with "Life's Not Fair ". This track has a great 90's alt-pop rock feel to it. Where did this single come from?
Thanks so much, well this track definitely comes with a story. I wrote "Life's Not Fair" last year in December. I moved from Australia to LA last year in May 2021, took a step of faith and moved to Los Angeles in the middle of the pandemic in pursuit of my music and acting career. I ended up living in an RV & was pretty excited and hopeful for what was next; but after just a few short months of relocating, I sustained an injury that would pause my whole life and prevent me from singing and playing guitar. I sustained injuries to the left side of my body including my spine, ribs and neck.
But although the injury limited my ability to sing and play guitar, I could still write and create. I was determined to push through and thankfully the support of my Mother kept me going. So in December 2021 I wrote “Life’s Not Fair,” which was written in my humble RV. I was at one of the lowest points of my life. However this song; I hope will unify in the sense that sometimes "Life's Not Fair" & sometimes things are out of our control but it's all going to be ok. I also wanted to write a song that had very real lyrics with a happy melody and was super grateful to record and co-produce it with Barry Hartglass in New York. I recorded it back in June 2022 along with another song that I'll be releasing next year.
Buzz Slayers: So when did music start affecting you? When did you know making music was something you wanted to be doing? From a very early age I loved music and would always sing when I was little. I first started playing keyboard but got told off by my teacher for not reading the music and playing by ear so I decided to stop playing keyboard and picked up a guitar when I was 8. I wrote my first song when I was 11 & performed it in front of an audience of 1500 people and from then decided that's what I wanted to do. Buzz Slayers: What inspires you to write a song? My inspiration most often comes from life experiences and what I've gone through, but I'm always drawn to a good story with a powerful message and love to write from that. Buzz Slayers: This track has some great styles! Can you give us some of your top musical influences? Thankyou, yes I grew up listening to everything & all genres, I was exposed to alot of music growing up and there's probably too many to name but I absolutely loved The Beatles, they are the reason I picked up a guitar and also Sting, I love Sting!! I was also obsessed with everything Tommy Emmanual and Phil Emmanual did & I listened to a lot of Alanis Morrisette, Pink, Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie, Belinda Carlisle, Sade, Salt-N-Pepa, Destiny's Child, Boys II Men, Aretha Franklin, Gwen Stefani, The Cranberries, Madison Avenue, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Foreigner, Midnight Oil & Cold Chisel. Ahhh there's too many, but I remember hearing Alannah Myles "Black Velvet" for the first time when I was about 11 and thinking how awesome it was and that I want to write songs like this, especially hearing fretless bass for the first time I absolutely loved the sound and use fretless bass now in a lot of my recordings. Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music? When I'm not working on music I'm hanging out with friends, going to the movies, going on hikes, reading books, comic books or going bowling. Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now? Right now I'm listening to a lot of "Pacific" "Dope Lemon" "Inna Vision" "Yuna" "Eli Mac" "Sublime With Rome" & "Tash Sultana" but I love listening to everything and discovering new artists. Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now? Not at the moment but plan to start doing some live gigs next year. Buzz Slayers: This single feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there? Yes there's a lot that goes into a release so I'd say; know what you want, set clear goals, take the steps to make it happen and never give up. Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future? I'm always working on more music but I have two songs ready to go which I'll be releasing in the new year and I'm so excited to share them, especially one in particular which is a cover song written by Pharrell Williams and the other is an original called "Burden" that's Rock/R&B and has slight modern musical theatre undertones, I also recorded that one in New York in June at the same time I recorded "Life's Not Fair" Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I'd love to say thanks so much to everyone for streaming & downloading my music and thank you for the continued support, I'm so excited to bring you all more music & fun content in the future.