• Nina Hanz

Interview with Leah Kate

Leah Kate, only at the beginning of her promising music career, is a hard woman to keep up with. It seems she is never in one city for more than 48 hours and leads a busy, bicoastal lifestyle. And while she considers New York City her home, Leah Kate can’t keep away from her hometown for too long. “Everything about LA is better. The quality of life it better, it’s cheaper, people are friendlier, there’s more space and the weather is better, but there is an energy here that’s definitely more exciting. New York is a struggle, but one I like.” Those who are familiar with the iconic vitality of New York will understand the truth behind Leah Kate’s words. In a city filled with over 8.5 million people, the pressure simply to stay afloat in the chaos can make you bewildered, discouraged and dazed. Or it can make you thrive.

Photo courtesy of Leah Kate

If I had to divide the world into two groups, the people who can’t make it in a city like New York and those who can, singer Leah Kate would belong in the latter. She is an incredible force of reverence and is showing that with through her music. “In New York,” she said “many people working so hard and hustling. It’s so motivating. It’s always been a dream of mine to pursue my singing career and now that I have moved, I want to do it at my fullest and really accomplish my goals. Every day I push towards them.” But she too knows the difficulties of chasing after big dreams: “I had been working these jobs that I hated the first few years out of college and it was honestly very upsetting because I always had to do music on the side. I never had enough time. But then last year, going into the New Year, I was like, ‘Why aren’t I doing what I love?’ It made no sense… So I decided to go for it and have fun while doing it. I just kind of woke up that day.” But to understand this drive, we need to look a litter closer at where this conviction comes from.

Growing up in a musical family, Leah Kate was surrounded by talented musicians. And with their support, she began singing around in age of eight. In the laidback atmosphere of California, she became fascinated with the creativity and independence of song writing. Now, despite having moved away, her family continues to influence her music as her brother produces her music. When I asked her about the song ‘LA’, she explained, “My brother started writing the song originally and walked into our studio with the hook. And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that sounds so good!’ At the same time, I was also trying to get a love interest of mine to come back to LA with me so I finished it together with my brother. For us, the underlining meaning is going back to LA to find my roots. In a way, I’m singing it to myself because one day I know I should move to LA. So the collaboration with my brother means a lot me.” Being the first song of hers to be made into a music video, ‘LA’ has proven to be a turning point in the young artist’s sizzling career.

Her other singles, ‘I See You’ and ‘Have to Forget’, are a mix of edge and cool beats that match her strong vocal. They are best described as songs that make you want to dance. When it comes to musical inspiration, Leah Kate gushes over other female artists like Dua Lipa, Charloote Lawrence and Clairo. If you listen closely, this musical taste comes through her energetic and moody electro-pop and energetic style. But, as I explained earlier, Leah Kate doesn’t stay put for all too long and this also applies even to her music. “I’m going to keep releasing singles. I like doing that—it’s fun. But I think my sound is going to change a bit more,” she says. “It’s going to get a little darker, but it’s still going to have my upbeat pop vibe. The sound that’s coming is super exciting and really cool. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.” While radiating confidence in herself and her future, Leah Kate still stays humble: “I’m greatful to anyone to listens, always.”

To catch up with Leah Kate on Instagram follow @leahkalmenson or check out her website: http://leahkatemusic.com

*Previously published by Minke Magazine, August 2017