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Q+A with Loren Kate

Spellbinding indie folk artist Loren Kate has returned with a brand new single One Of These Days, a raw and rousing track straddling intimate
thematics and warm sonic simplicity. Recorded a year ago, this captivating new song releases today alongside an accompanying music video,
poetically reflecting the stark and moving subject matter woven by Loren’s own personal journey. Working alongside filmmaker Brad Halstead
and producer Shane Nicholson, One Of These Days also marks an emotive taste of things to come ahead of the release of Loren’s upcoming
new album Nobody Knows, due out on May 20. We caught up with Loren for a quick Q+A

Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?

I’m in Sydney visiting family for the first time in 2 years, which feels pretty awesome. 

Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for? 

When I finished high school I had no idea what I wanted to do. I headed to Byron Bay for schoolies week and called my mum when the week was up and told her I wasn’t coming home. It was here I started writing songs and learning more chords than the 4 I had up my sleeve already.  I began busking and learning more about music and songwriting from the local street folk. I penned my first song at 18 years old, a late bloomer I guess. The song was  about a Canadian boy called Joshua who was living in a tent just near mine. 
From there, I started playing open mic nights and slowly worked my way to playing my own shows. 

Who are your greatest inspirations?  Why?

My kids are always teaching me invaluable lessons, I don’t think I would have grown as much as a person if not for having them in my life.
If I had to choose someone who inspires my songwriting and who I am as a songwriter, I’d have to say the late Ruby Hunter. I didn’t know Ruby, but I have a picture of her next to the piano where I do a lot of writing. She reminds me to be courageous, to tell my story, to believe in myself, and write from the heart with truth and honesty. 

How do you create music?  Are you lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first?  Explain your process.

Generally I’ll pick up the guitar and start strumming or picking something, then a melody will come and I’ll hum it over and over til some words come. I just sing whatever comes out, sometimes it makes no sense and sometimes its gold.

What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?

Probably having kids… but I wouldn’t change a thing! I just have to continue writing songs whilst flipping pancakes and that’s ok!

Tell us about your new release One Of These Days, how did it come about?

For almost as long as I can remember, my brother has struggled with a drug addiction. We were really close growing up and I spent so much of my earlier years thinking I was responsible for making his life better. That I had to somehow fix things. I wrote this song for him and for his son. It’s a song about finding yourself at rock bottom, starting with nothing, and finding the tools to build a way out of heartbreak and shattered circumstances.

What advice do you have to artists who are just starting out?

Write heaps of songs, they may not be very good at first, but they make great compost!  Don’t get caught up writing about what you think other people want to hear. Write for yourself. 

Tell us your favourite Zen practice.

Gardening! I start everyday with a walk around the garden checking on all my plant babies. If ever I’m anxious, it’s where I go to bring myself back into the present moment. 

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