Catching a Song Wave w/ Cati Landry
StarBeat got a chance to catch up with Island girl Cati Landry to find our more about her music, her inspirations and her music video ‘Days Like This’.
SB (StarBeat): Introduction: How did you get into songwriting?
CL (Cati Landry): It came out of the feeling that I didn’t really fit in, or ever feel like I belonged anywhere. The two things that felt like home to me were always music and storytelling. So, I sang in theatre and took lessons after school, and I read a lot (and wrote even more in my diary, probably, haha).
I’m someone who deals with a lot of anxiety, I hardly slept at all when I was a teenager. And when I found songwriting it was such a blessing, because it lets me shine a light on how I feel, to make something I believe in and share it, so I feel less alone.
SB: Following: Who are some of your favourite artists?
CL: Stevie Nicks… I worship at her altar. She’s, like, my musical goddess! I also love Beach House, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Courtney Love, Patsy Cline, Angel Olsen, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears, and Kendrick Lamar.
SB: Wandering: Favourite place you’ve ever traveled?
CL: I went to Europe by myself the year after I graduated from high school. I signed up for a backpacking tour, so we started in London and went to about 12 cities in three and a half weeks! It was wild!
My favourite was probably Prague…it’s stunning. But in Canada, my favourite city is Montreal.
SB: Tuning: What’s one song that you never get tired of hearing?
CL: I Forget Where We Were by Ben Howard.
SB: Video Star: You independently made a music video for your song Days Like This. What inspired that song and the video?
CL: I grew up on an island on the West Coast, and in the summer it’s so warm and beautiful, and very sleepy. Growing up, we’d go for bike rides through the countryside or long drives by the sea. I wrote the song to honour this place that I love so much, all of the happy moments it holds, and the people who spent those times by my side.
It’s made with love for one of my favourite people in the world, my Grandma Kay. She’s not doing so well these days, and as I was spending time with her, we started looking through all the slides on her old Kodak Carousel. The pictures really moved me, and the way it felt like we were circling around all those sweet memories. So, two of my best friends, Sophia, who filmed it, and Josh, who’s in the video, shot a home video style film with me and I edited it into a little Carousel of my own.
SB: Planning: Are you working on anything new, and what can we expect to hear from you in the future?
CL: I am! I have a lot of new songs, a couple of covers, and some new videos, too. I’ve been working a lot with my really good friend Charlie Gannon, who’s an incredible guitarist and producer. I’m really excited about it, and I’m truly so grateful for this opportunity to talk to StarBeat about my music. I’ll be sure to update you as it all continues to unfold!
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