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god's girlfriend


Genres: Pop / Jazz / Ambient

Location: Brisbane, Australia

Stats: 0 fans / 87 plays / 43 plays today





4 tracks

Members: Kat Alberts: vocals, Zoltan Campbell: electric bass, vocals, production, Eddie Hill: electric guitar, Matt Tate: acoustic guitar, Andrew Willis: keys, Jamie Goff: drums, Vannin, Morgan and Cathie, backing vocals

Mike Garson, pianistic artiste extrordinaire and an allround nice guy, after collaborating on three of gods girlfriends tracks for their debut album 'Don't Panic' has said that gods girlfriend was '...one of my favourite collaborations.'Now that might not sound like much but considering that his collaborations have included such heavyweights as David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan, No Doubt and Nine Inch Nails among others, it would appear that this little band from the bottom of the world is in good company.The band started out as a recording project with a bunch of Kat and Zoltans friends from around the Brisbane alternative scene. It was a long process and some songs were rerecorded three or four times.'I just didn't want to have an album where you play it and you end up saying, I wish I'd done that there, or, I should have taken that bit out,' Kat recalls. So we took our time and the result has been well worth the wait.This album has been a long time coming for Kat, who writes and arranges all the songs. Kat has been in music ever since she can remember, but unlike most female artists, who establish themselves and then decide to start a family, she did it all back to front. Kat met her husband while touring Australia in 'The Rocky Horror Show'.'I had my family really young, in my early twenties, which put a huge halt on my singing pursuits, even canceling an international tour. Money was very tight, my husband worked nights and I had no family in Brisbane. Hiring a babysitter was often half the gig money so it wasn't worth it, so I didn't do many gigs. When my marriage broke up the girls and I lived on spam and mashed potato for months, and somehow I still managed to study jazz at the Queensland Conservatorium, and get a Bachelor's degree in Politics and Ethnomusicology (double major). Kat has worked extensively in the jazz field both as teacher and compiler of 'The Female Vocal Real Book', (now out of print) known as 'the pink book' which became a standard textbook for jazz vocalists in conservatoria around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the U.S for their popular jazz vocal strands, being endorsed by Lee Berk of Berklee College of Music in Boston.So when people say, 'how come I haven't heard of you?' I say 'well any album money I had went on more important things'. It's takes money to be known as an independent artist and I didn't have it. But you get that, I have no regrets doing things this way and looking back now, I believe it was meant to work out like this. I have more to write about in my songs. Now my girls are old enough to allow me to do my own thing, and I can look at my established peers, smile and say 'your turn'. Dirty nappies, colic, sleepless nights......When one puts the things they love on the backburner for such a long time sometimes its easy to forget your artistic and creative vision Kat reflects. You become unsettled, frustrated, angry because you can't find you niche, your life's mission. One thing I have learned from life throwing a curve ball at you is that if you want to succeed, you have to do whatever it takes..So here I am, with a second mortgage on the house, mortgaged the kids, sold the grandmothers to do this album. Then as you make life-changing decisions, people who you thought were friends fall by the wayside and a new undergrowth of friends develop that accompany you on the next leg of your journey. It's hard, but worth it.The end result is a mixture of influences, from Bowie, Moby, Morcheeba, Brand New Heavies, Sade, Zero Seven and Incognito. Easily digestible there is something for almost everyone to relate to. Long time partner Zoltan Campbell did the recording over many sleepless nights. Never being scared of hard work he would work til 4am only to get up for work the next morning. I guess it's all part of the fun!

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Don't Panic

Aug 03, 2007