All Eyes on Kat Orlando

Can you please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your musical journey and background?

I’m a vocalist, sax & flute player from Detroit MI. I also write and have my music CDs EPs and assorted music out on the all streaming platforms. I’ve listened/watched to music since a very young age, radio & TV, between Motown, R&B Rock. I would sing to records and eventually performed in coffeehouses with a guitarist friend. I joined my first band out of high school. I’ve attempted other careers and came to the conclusion that I’m a musician / vocalist and freelance designer.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound and style?

Stevie Wonder, Traffic, Bonnie Raitt to name a few. Stevie for songwriting, Traffic for getting me interested in the sax (and Junior Walker, David Sanborn, Stanley Turrentine, Maceo Parker) and Bonnie Raitt, Gladys Knight, Bonnie Bramblett for vocal style.

Can you share a specific artist or album that has had a significant impact on your music?

Probably, Low Spark of High Heeled Boys by Traffic. Ian Anderson got me into the flute as well.

What’s your creative process like when you’re composing or writing a new song?

Usually, I’ll play around with some chords on the keyboard put a beat to it and then melody, words. It can also happen in reverse with words first.

Among all the songs you’ve created, do you have a personal favorite? If so, what makes it special to you?

Shoulda Known Betta has to be the funkiest most relatable song, getting more attention. “St. So and So” is my latest single which I’m also very proud of. I got some of my sax playing in there too that I’m very happy with. I feel like I got the vocal performance on that song to express feelings like frustration and hope. Hopefully the listener can experience and hear the story within it in a way they can relate to..

Can you share the story or inspiration behind that particular song?

“St. So and So” is asking where are the heroes in today’s world. It’s me wanting to just live without having to worry about some rich powerful jerk and what he’s going to do on any given day.

Let’s talk about your latest song. What’s the title, and what’s the story or message behind it?

“St. So and So” once again, calls out to a nameless unknown person to take on the evil powers that be. To me, evil wins out in the media, seems more interesting to the public, like, I can’t believe he, they did that, got away with that. Maybe I can too…insulting, cheating, lying, bullying.

Share a memorable or unique experience from one of your live performances.

Going way back, on show that comes to mind is when I was second on the bill for a show in Boulder CO at Women in Music Festival. Rosanne Barr opened (This was before she hit on Johnny Carson.) Huge audience, many friends of mine on were on that one.

Beyond music, do you have any hobbies or interests that you’re passionate about? How do they influence your music?

I like kayaking and roller blading (when I can). I suppose kayaking has helped my writing because being out on the water is calming. It brings on song ideas.

Is there a dream collaboration you’d like to pursue in the future?

I’m hoping to actually write with my producer. We’ll be getting together for more songs of mine.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians who are just starting their journey in the music industry? For those that think that you can just start in the middle of the process without doing the work, you have to rethink that. You have to have a foundation, learn music theory, listen to artists that inspire you, take lessons in-person or online. You have to put in hours a day for a long time. Learn the other aspects of the business to be better prepared for it, when it comes to dealing with contracts, marketing, networking.

Can you give us a sneak peek into any upcoming projects or new music you have in the works? What can your fans and listeners look forward to from you in the near future?

I’ve been working on a few cover versions of songs from 60s 70s. I also have a few of my own that may be studio-ready. I just met with my producer and we will be getting started an another EP so I’m excited!