Influences: Punk and experimental stuff, plus a decade studying as a folk singer :-P
2018: This February I was tied up making two actual albums and moving and making a gigantic yellow submarine for a jazz gig, etc, so I decided to just have fun throwing down an EP this year. It's called Goddamn If I'll Die.
2017: That demo album's demo title was Laugh To Keep From Screaming. Some of the songs are going onto my real-life album, Do You Want To?
I'm from New England. I taught myself to play guitar in middle school. Then I struggled with mental illness and freaky hallucinations, got kicked out of a huge songwriting organization when I was 17, almost killed myself, stayed alive because I discovered *love!* for the first time which was amazing, and felt a calling to move to Chicago. That's about it. I guess a lot of my songs are anti-authority. And they're about high school/college learning experiences, questioning religion and other old beliefs, and coping with mental illness. Most importantly I twist those stories and make them fun and dancey - that's my way of promoting transformation through music. I like to let listeners experience a new world, I mean, I like to think I can do that. I love to improvise. Sexuality is another big topic for me because I wasn't really able to express it as a kid. I don't specifically write about being Queer or Autistic much but I think it influences the lyrics.
Future music goals: I kinda want to sing in a punk band. I've played guitar for some rock operas and I'd love to do more of that too. I'm attempting to produce some music-based comic books.
Sometimes I collaborate with @ggallagher , so go visit her page.
BTW my name's Kat, or Kidwell, but usually Kat Kidwell.