Katie O is the stage name of singer and musician Catherine O’Halloran. Catherine has enjoyed an illustrious career to date, performing alongside a host of big names and prestigious orchestras as well as lending her ethereal vocals to numerous albums and movie soundtracks. Having collaborated with musical royalty AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) where Catherine added her vocals to the Oscar winning movie The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett, Catherine has gone on to sing on movies such as Oliver Stone’s World Trade Centre and In Time starring Justin Timberlake. This time she has dropped new EP, Chamber, which she discusses with The Fountain along with those dreamy venues that she cannot wait to perform in again.
TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to Chamber?
It’s funny, I wrote the EP as almost a diary to get through some tough years and producing it felt like a similarly private process with really intimate connections to the musicians and production. So fast forward four years and to have people listening to it and hearing my personal diaries live, like old teachers and people I used to work with, is really weird. It is amazing but I stupidly never actually considered that part of it – despite it being the plan all along…then the radio stations picked it up and that was really cool. I was particularly happy with Vic Galloway and Jim Gellatly playing the tracks, it felt like validation in my writing.
TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence?
Isolation into connection .. through nature.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this EP release?
I am literally champing at the bit to get out gigging. I want to play with Aileen (Reid), Andrew (Gifford) and Innes (Watson) and tell people about the songs, I want to create cool live versions of the songs and use things like loop pedals and get people stamping and clapping.. I sooooo badly want to play the EP for a crowd. That will come I guess when Queen Corona allows it. Aside from that I want to do more virtual gigs and connect with as many people as possible.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
I loved playing the Tron. I did a gig with my old band there and we took so much time to make sure we felt right and comfortable on stage – the levels were right, we could hear each other and I ha a really good mic so I could hear myself breath when I got up close which brings so much gut feeling to the vocal. I love singing in a concert hall and have done a fair few for Craig Armstrong or various orchestral gigs. It’s beautiful and you can hear a pin drop people are there to hear the music, but the Tron was special because it was my own words and our band.
I want to go back to Rathlin Island or one of the Scottish islands. There is nothing like a music session until 6am when the beach and seals are right outside. So many musicians cut their cloth in nights like that – especially in Scotland and Ireland and we all just know we’ll be doing it until our last breath.
Chamber is out now