Interview~ Katie Burke of KB & THE IDYLLWILDE
Nashville based soul rock band KB & THE IDYLLWILDE has released the official music video for their new single, “Madman.” Directed by front-woman Katie Burke, “Madman” is off of band’s upcoming album, I Just Wanna Love You, I Just Wanna Let You, due to release February 14, 2020.
We were able to talk to Katie Burke and ask her a few questions below.
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
KB: This sound has been in the flesh for about two years. The band itself has gone through iterations, but I’ve had this set of sounds in my dreamy space for 6 years and now its come out through a bunch of us in 2018 and 2019.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
KB: I’m into music because I love telling stories. I’m an actor first and so its the persona talking in a song that interests me the most. That’s the person I get to become and allow their instincts to dictate the story. I keep going because when I’m alone and sad or joyful, I sing. I sit down at the guitar and cry or shout and its a great regulating force in my life. I play for others over and over because it seems to land somewhere in them, too. It feels important to share my sorrow and joy.
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
KB: The new single, “Madman”, is out now with a music video and the band is gearing up for an album release show in Nashville February 14th. That’s also the day the E.P. I Just Wanna Love You, I Just Wanna Let You releases so that’s very exciting.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
KB: If I wasn’t musicking, I’d still be musicking, but I would be doing it in between film shoot and theatre rep shows. I miss acting alot, I’m very excited to get back to it, and make my own work.
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
KB: I was asked once if I’m Native American, which to me, being thought of as one of the most rooted and beautiful people in our country was a HUGE compliment. I’ve also been asked if I’m “ok”.
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
KB: Telling the truth. I strife to tell my truth, and do it openly in hopes that others feel permission to be so damn honest that none of us have to hide anymore about anything. I want to create safety and joy from that safety, through the stories I tell.
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
KB: my newest single, “Madman” is way fun, I’d give it a 3,000 because its exactly what I wanted–a good time. But honestly, my last single “Cold Stop”, I personally still can’t believe is a thing. The production by Evan Sieling, and the guys who played on that, knocked it out of the park. Austin Solomon (drums), Will White (guitar), Gray Papa (bass) and Rachel Crick (fiddle). Cold Stop is a unique song that took me 2 months to write I think. I just did that opening guitar riff over and over at 8 am every morning before my room mates woke up, so the words came slowly and I didn’t wanna wake anyone. “Madman” is fun AF and it came so fast, it was like lightning, they’re both terrific, apples and oranges.
What do you feel is the best song your have release to date and why?
KB: “Believer” holds a special place in my heart because it was my coming out party in this whole sound of Idyllwilde. I met so much joy and fear making that track and then releasing it, and playing out with a band, after doing that barely ever at all. Its my favorite song to sing because it just makes me so happy to play and tell all the haters, (within and without my mind) to f*uck off.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
KB: I love learning, I love finding new ways to make things. I’ll be getting better til I go down. I hope to go down learning or performing.
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
KB: I’m going to let them in on a little secret! When I was a kid, I assumed if something came from your body, it could heal your body. So, I thought that maybe people could use their ear wax to heal flesh wounds. Basically, I grew up thinking I was a shaman, no big deal.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
KB: I got a striped look, when you use it to draw, its three colors, royal purple, kelly green, and gold. Purkgrold. That’s it. Purkgrold.
Who are you inspired by?
KB: I’m inspired by people who finish things and start things. It can be anyone. If I see or hear about anyone doing something, making an album, writing a book, auditioning. Anyone starting anything, meeting fear and the world, and sticking with things they like. This inspires the shit out of me.
What’s an average day like for you?
I wake up, I usually have a coffee and do “Morning Pages” which is a LIFE-CHANGING exercise from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, then sing for Fiverr (online freelance platform), then I clean an Air bnb house, write some music, or I’m recording some music for licensing or my own stuff. Maybe write some articles or record for my sober podcast “The Sober Creative”. Then I try to HANG its so important to have homies, and community otherwise I lose my shit. Then, I come home do something I don’t wanna do (its good practice); meditate, read, watch TV and hit the bed!!!
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
KB: I love my fans, I love my support systems, I treat them like family because we’re all in this together. I respond to fans like we’re family, because in my opinion, we are.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
KB: HAHAHAH only every time even the idea of a show comes up! I have tools now, but I meet fear every time I step on stage or even in studio.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
KB: My favorite performance venue is The Ryman. I hope to play there soon, the acoustics and shape of the room are intimate but hold a lot of people and of course, the history. But really, it reminds me of that family feeling again, like we’re all in high school at our 8th grade musical show. It feels like a home.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
KB: Follow in my footsteps? Don’t do that. Kill your heroes, don’t idolize them, listen to where you’re being led and uncover a spiritual and meditation practice and a community that supports you; then everything gets easier. We’re tribespeople, we ought to use that natural wiring for our own service while we attempt hard things. Communities are also a place to celebrate–people to celebrate with, we all need to that too.