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A Candid Interview with Recording Artist, Katy Miner
By Kenny Love
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2000-02-02
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After only recently coming to know Katy Miner, from reviewing new independent and unsigned artists on the IUMA music site, I was overwhelmingly impressed with her presence from every aspect. Not only does she have a very beautiful voice, but it goes without saying that her repertoire is among the finest I have ever heard anywhere.

Whether presenting the selection, "Too Good To be True," or the selection, "Come Find Me," this commercially viable product readily appeals to the R&B, Urban, and Pop markets without question. Her multi-octave range is, in no uncertain terms, one which should give Mariah Carey due cause to forever sleep with one eye open. To review several of her enticing selections, please visit her websites at
http://katyminer.iuma.com www.mbisenterprises.com/katy.html

[Kenny Love] : Did you always aspire to become a recording artist?

[Katy Miner] : Since I was about 5, I knew I wanted to be famous. But it wasn't until I was about 8 or 9 that I knew I wanted to sing and record.

[KL] Hmmm...from that point on, were you working on doing just that, or were there detours or obstacles along the way?

[KM] At 8, I discovered my voice and, at 9, I was able to join school music groups (orchestra/choir/musicals). Since then, and throughout my school days, I was always singing or performing in some group or show. Of course, after high school, groups were not readily available to just join, so it took more effort. At that point, I was having a hard time trying to figure out what to do next. Living in a small town outside of Buffalo, it's hard to find opportunities.

[KL] What was life like, having such an aspiration in a small town in New York?

[KM] Actually, I was fortunate to have gone to a school with a great music program. Having a high musical aspiration was not that uncommon. It seemed pretty normal to me.

[KL] From your recording, it is obvious that you have had significant training. Will you elaborate on your musical education, please?

[KM] Well I had about eight years of violin lessons starting at age 6, but I used to listen in on my sisters' (I have four sisters) piano lessons. Later, I used to get their music and try to teach myself. Then, of course, there was orchestra, choir (about 9 years of that), and several musicals. During high school, I took private voice lessons as well. To this day, I still sing in my church choir occasionally.

[KL] Except now, you're based on the West Coast...what prompted the relocation to California?

[KM] Here comes the sob story...

[KL] Okay....let's hear it. <sniff,sniff>

[KM] I always thought I would move to LA, but my boyfriend had an opportunity to move to Silicon Valley, so we moved. Then, he broke up with me. Typical. There's much more to that story, but who really cares?

[KL] Do you mind if I yell something I've always wanted to yell?

[KM] I'm listening...

[KL] YOU DIRTY RAT! Now, I feel purged...

[KM] Shall we move forward?

[KL] Indeed, we shall...your entire recording is, awesome, to say the least. Are there stories behind each selection?

[KM] "A Million Tears" is dedicated to my mother. That's different!

[KL] That is also the title of your first recording as well, isn't it?

[KM] Actually there are a couple songs I recorded earlier that didn't make the cut.

[KL] What are the titles?

[KM] "Slide Into My Love," "Happiness & Misery," and a remake of Mariah Careys' "All I Ever Wanted."

[KL] Oh, migosh! Think I'm gonna require a hanky for that first title...

[KM] Yes, that one was a little out there...

[KL] Oh, so I wasn't that far off base?

[KM] You got the idea, but the lyrics are poetic, not graphic.

[KL] Oh...that makes me feel much better... ;-) Well...my personal favorites are "Too Good to be True," "The Best of Me," and "Find Me." I must have listened to these three for a whole day! Do you compose both music and lyrics?

[KM] No, but I did the vocal arrangements. I also just completed a song I wrote, and will record sometime soon.

[KL] Well, obviously, you are studio seasoned at this point, but what was your initial recording experience like?

[KM] It was hard. I'm very self-critical.

[KL] In the beginning, were you very nervous?

[KM] The hardest part of doing original material is giving it your soul. You know, make it your own. And, yes, I was a little nervous, but it went away after a few minutes.

[KL] Well, let me tell you something...

[KM] OK.

[KL] I am truly amazed at your ability to maintain your level of tambour at your higher octaves, when I, otherwise, see people who have been out for years, either "cracking" their notes, or going into falsettos. I can only assume that is from your years of training as well.

[KM] Thank you. My voice is my instrument. I love utilizing it that way. It makes it more pleasing to me.

[KL] And, I also must say how commercially viable your recording is. What new career inroads are you now hoping to make that you haven't already?

[KM] Well, I do record with commercial appeal in mind. As far as career inroads...business or music?

[KL] Both. Katy...this is called "Putting Ye on the Olde Spot."

[KM] Let me collect my thoughts for 1 minute...

[KL] Okay...60...59...58...

[KM] Radio play is beginning in Europe...

[KL] Okay.

[KM] I'm working on a few singles to be sold on the MBIS web site, coming in 2000...

[KL] Alright.

[KM] Marketing? Where will I get the money? There are still a few things that I need to get together...like getting my ducks lined up so I can move forward.

[KL] Let's address the European aspect of marketing your recording for a moment.

[KM] Okay.

[KL] Is that something your company is planning...to break the recording overseas, prior to the U. S.?

[KM] Yes, we are strongly considering it.

[KL] And, why is that?

[KM] Pop music is more appreciated there, and it seems that the public is willing to listen to new artists. Plus, they LOVE Americans!

[KL] Wow! We must have rode in on the same train, for those are my exact thoughts as well.

[KM] The U. S., on the other hand, is more about the whole package. Europe is more about the songs.

[KL] Let's go into business together selling this idea...we'll make MILLIONS! Another question...

[KM] Yes?

[KL] In terms of independent labels, musicians, and recording artists... do you believe this should also become their initial marketing territory, prior to attempting to break their recordings in the U.S. as well, and competing with Major label artists?

[KM] Well I don't think you should leave out any possibility, but it's more than having a plan A, B or C.

[KL] But, what if you can only afford one plan at a time? Which then?

[KM] It really comes down to just doing everything you possible can to make things happen (successfully). And, there's always the possibility of getting investors as well...

[KL] Do you really believe that's a viable option in today's music industry climate?

[KM] If one feels he or she has a marketable product, then, of course. It's simply a matter of convincing your investor as well.

[KL] In your opinion, is this where many independent artists fall short... the reluctance to approach viable investors for their projects?

[KM] It's possible, but there's the question of knowing the industry and having contacts...

[KL] Yes, this is true. Katy, it has certainly been a pleasure discussing your path...what's next on your immediate agenda?

[KM] I'm printing more bios for packages, and CD labels. Then, I'm off to a friend's party for her "first recording session completed celebration." I sang backgrounds for her.

[KL] I see...maybe, you'll get to see just how nervous her first session went, huh? Or, is she a veteran?

[KM] No, she was nervous...I could tell.

[KL] Katy, it has, indeed, been a pleasure...thanks so very much for taking the time with me. I appreciate it.

[KM] No, Thank You!


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