Katey Brooks Talks With TMI About Her Soulful New Single “in Your Arms”
What inspired you to pursue music?
It just got to a point where I felt I had to. It was a curious feeling that’s stayed with me ever since. I’ve sung since I was a tiny tot and into my teens when people would tell me I should be a singer, but I was on the fence for years. I was afraid. And for good reason, it’s not always an easy ride this music business malarkey. But it just got to a point where I had to do it. I began writing and I couldn’t ignore what was spilling out of me any longer. That and my middle sister gave me a boot up the a** haha.
Your new song, ‘In Your Arms’ is amazing, What was the process like creating this song?
Thank you!! In many ways very simple. I wrote it in the space of about 20 minutes (teary eyed) and arranged and recorded it in 48 hours. It just fell out. When I heard the song I heard the whole arrangement. Some songs are just like that. Not all of them though sadly!!
What was your first thought of your new song?
I loved it (am I allowed to say that? *hides face*). And then I thought, I hope the woman I wrote this for hears it one day. As luck would have it she did.
How did you find out that your song was being released via Billboard?
Very boring story I’m afraid. My publicist emailed me! I was very excited – naturally!
What was your reaction like when you learned about this huge accomplishment?
As I say I was super stoked. I had no specific expectations for the song at all. I just knew that I felt good about it, and hoped other people would too. I just felt extremely grateful and honoured.
What do you hope to gain out of this huge accomplishment?
Again I don’t tend to think about that too much, I just hope to keep making and sharing music, and reaching more people in a positive way.
How has the fans been reacting to the new song?
So well!! In fact probably the best reaction I’ve ever had for a song. That means the world. You just never know what people are going to say or feel about what you put out there, so when they like it you’re left with a huge sense of satisfaction and a big grin 🙂
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
Natural. I don’t feel, and never have felt comfortable trying to be ‘someone’ or anyone other than myself. That’s been tricky as you’re always told to be a specific thing in this industry. It took me a long time to get comfortable with just saying “actually, I’m not pretending, I’m just going to be exactly as I am”. Now I have embraced that I feel a lot more relaxed. Hopefully the fans feel that too.
What was the craziest fan encounter you have had?
Oh gosh, I actually had an online stalker for about 9 months. It was horrid!!! He got quite nasty towards the end of it, and a big male friend of mine had to escort me everywhere I went at one particular show in London. It’s quite funny looking back on it, but it was really scary at the time. I guess these things can happen at whatever stage you’re at in your career, or even life, and you have to be very mindful there are some troubled people out there. I don’t feel any anger towards the guy, I just hope he finds the help he needs.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
These days I’d say Instagram, followed by Facebook. Funny to think that because at first I was soooo against Instagram. Now I love it.
What goals have you set out for yourself in your career?
Is is terrible to say I haven’t? I’ve let that go of late. My only real ‘goal’ is to make and release music I love and give it the best chance of being heard by as many people as possible, whilst retaining my freedom and my integrity. It’s that simple for me these days.
How has this whole music career experience been?
Honestly? A total rollercoaster with some amazing highs, and some traumatic lows. I’ve been all over the world and met some amazing people, including friends for life, and for that I’m eternally grateful. It’s been a real trip to remember so far.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment in your career so far?
First time I’ve thought of it like this, but I’m going to say my staying power. That feels like the biggest accomplishment of the past few years. I’ve stuck with this journey and made a lot of music and shared it, even when I’ve wanted to bow out. For that I’m proud. It’s been worth it.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Just thank you. You’re lovely, and kind, and warm, and you make me smile. Thank you.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with us
My absolute pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to ask the questions!