Performed on Friday 16 June from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Growing up in the States, Katy gained an understanding and appreciation of the country sound before moving to Southern England, where she currently lives. Katy Hurt is rapidly becoming one of Britain’s most successful country singer-songwriters, with her last two releases reaching number one and two in the iTunes country chart.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: OUR CHAT WITH KATY ...
Which artists old or new inspire you the most? "The artists who inspire me the most have always been the people who draw you into their world and make you believe every single word in their songs. I can remember the first time I heard Patsy Cline singing and thinking that the way she told stories was so effortless and haunting that I knew I wanted to be able replicate that feeling. A more modern artist who has inspired me recently is John Mayer. He’s not afraid to switch things up with his styles and yet each song still sounds like him and I would love to be able to write lyrics like “I played a quick game of chess with the salt and pepper shaker”. It’s so simple, everyone’s done it and yet no-one has ever thought of it that way, its brilliant and definitely something to aspire to. To make the ordinary sound extraordinary."
When you start working on a new idea or song what is the first thing you do to kick-start the idea?" The first thing I do is usually write the story around it. I think in order to fully grasp the concept of the song, I have to be able to understand the characters within it, so I like to figure out what’s going to happen in the story which then makes writing the lyrics much easier. Then I record the melody into my voice notes on my phone so I don’t lose it!"
Are there any producers or artists you would love to collaborate with? " Oh many! I would absolutely love to work with producers such as Shane McAnally and Luke Laird because they are currently shaping the sound of country music in Nashville and I think that they would have a really interesting perspective on my music. In terms of Artists that list is endless, but at the moment I would love to collaborate with Maren Morris, Drake White or Rascal Flatts."
What is your go to track of the moment? "Down to my Last Bad Habit" by Vince Gill. It’s just so smooth. I’m completely enamoured with the lyrics, he’s taken such a simple concept and twisted it in such a way that avoids clichés whilst still being relatable. Plus the guitar tone is just out of this world."
Do you prefer performing live or studio recording? "I started singing when I was 4 years old and my first memory of music is being in a shop and telling people to be quiet and let me sing. When I started writing songs, I desperately wanted to be able to share my experiences and thoughts with an audience. There is something completely magical about seeing the reaction on someone’s face when you can connect over music. So for that reason I would have to say that I prefer performing live. However, there is something equally as special being in the studio and being able to create and spend time honing the songs, learning about music and finding new sounds, so it’s a very tough choice!"
Are you heading to or performing at any festivals this year? "I am indeed, I performed at the Country 2 Country Festival earlier this year in March, which takes place at London’s O2 Arena. I was fortunate enough this year to play two of the stages and it was such a blast. In May I am playing Isle of Man Cycle Fest, The Trinity Folk Festival and The Great Escape in Brighton and then in June I will be playing the Buckle and Boots Country Festival in Manchester. I’m really looking forward to being out on the road and interacting with the crowds."
What’s next for you this year? "At the moment I am busy promoting my new live EP Pieces of Me, which came out in April. It reached number 24 on the iTunes album charts on the first day of release and I also have new single out called Dust which charted at number 6 on the iTunes chart. Hopefully we will be touring the EP later this year. I have lots of festivals booked over the course of the summer so that’s going to be really fun. Then we start working on my debut album!"
Who are your style icons and why? "They change constantly, I’m a big fan of Johnny Cash in that his look is just classic all black. You can’t really go wrong with that. I love Miranda Lambert’s style at the moment, she has stayed true to country but everything has a rock edge to it. So studs and corsets, but still boots and jeans. Adding a little sparkle to the traditional casual country look is really cool and means that you can be comfy on stage but still capture people’s attention. Honestly though, I love anyone who can really echo what they say in their music in their style too."
What’s your go-to item of clothing for any stage performance? "My “Go To” item of clothing for any stage performance has to be my boots. I have amassed a rather large collection of various pairs of boots that I wear on stage – everything from my classic cowboy boots, which I bought my first time in Nashville, to a pair of five inch black tassel boots. I know that when I put on my boots I will be able to jump around the stage and have that extra confidence boost, but still hold onto that classic country style."
Why are you excited to perform at Bicester Village? "I’m really excited because it’s a renowned location that I know will have a large, international audience who I would otherwise not have the opportunity to showcase my music to… and I’m also really excited about chance to spend some time shopping!"