13th Annual Concept Album Winner
13th Annual Eclectic Song Nominee
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Record Label: Deluce Recordings
Home Base: London, England
Genre: Alternative, Folk, Pop
Categories Entered: Concept Album, Eclectic Song
Work Submitted: Paszport
Artists Featured: Katy Carr
Label: Deluce Recordings
Who are your musical influences?: 1920s, 30s, 40s music, Dame Vera Lynn, George Formby, English Folk Music, Polish Folk music, World Music, Chopin
Describe your nominated work: “Paszport is an epic, poetic journey through Katy’s past and that of her mother’s nation, Poland and pays homage to her muse Kazik Piechowski (b. 1919) and those who fought so hard for Poland’s independence throughout WWII. This album explores themes of love, refugee status, loss of passport, country, resistance, hope against adversity and patriotism. “It’s time the voices of the past were heard.” – Katy Carr
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: For my song ‘Motylek,’ pays tribute to the Polish Air Force Pilots and the 303 Squadron who were the Aces of the Battle of Britain. We featured the sound of the BM597 Spitfire which I recorded at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, at Goodwood, UK
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 13th IMAs?: I wanted to submit Paszport to The 13th IMAs as I thought that it would be a good opportunity for exposure with not only music business professionals in America but also to gain access to new audiences throughout the world. Also there are 12 million people residing in USA of Polish descent and I am searching for opportunties to share my music with them.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: Success to me means working with a good team in a good environment to help make a difference and share love.
How will you leverage your IMA award for Best Concept Album to achieve your career goals?: It is great to have my album Paszport win Best Concept Album at the 13th IMA Awards and I will mention it in further PR campaigns with regards elevating my opportunities for creating further concert events.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: My audience consists of people of all ages from mainly the British and Polish communities. I have very young children to WWII Veterans attending my concerts. My fans like to learn from history and are keen to remember and share those largely untold stories that have inspired my songs. Stories from me songs include ‘Wojtek the Soldier Bear,’ who was the mascot of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps and who legendarily helped lift crates of ammunition at the Battle of Monte Cassino 1944. My song, ‘Kommander’s Car, ‘tells the remarkable escape story made by Kazimierz Piechowski who was imprisoned by the Germans in Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Jun 1940 for being a Polish Boy Scout. In June 1942, alongside 3 other political prisoners all four escaped in Rudolf Hoess’s car – the then German Concentration Camp Commandant known for his notorious cruelty.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? I love eating Polish cheesecake – ‘Sernik,’ and Polish poppy seed cake, ‘Makowiec.’
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: I wish that I wrote the Polish song ‘Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino,’ (The Red Poppies on Monte Cassino). It is the most beautiful song and the lyrics are so poignant with regards reflecting the journey that the Polish soldiers who fought for our freedom at the Great Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944 endured. At the beginning of WWII, Poland was invaded by Germany on 1st September 1939 and by the Soviets 17th September 1939 for a reign of terror that lasted until 1989 when Poland regained her Independence. What is so remarkable about the Polish soldiers at the Battle of Monte Cassino, 1944 is that the vast majority shared the horrific history of being ripped from their homes in Poland from February 10th 1940 by the Soviets who then transported nearly two million Polish people in cattle trucks to Siberia for inclusion in Joseph Stalin’s cruel regime and his Soviet Slave Trade. Their untold stories of gross cruelty inflicted upon them remain largely unshared. This was largely because after WWII Poland fell under the Iron Curtain. Poland was the only Allied nation to be given to Communism, even though the Polish Military was the third largest Allied coalition military force at the end of WWII after USA and the UK. The decision to give Poland to the Stalinist Regime was determined at The Yalta Conference in Feb 1945 when Joseph Stalin, President Roosevelt and Churchill all agreed on Poland’s eventual fate.
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I listen to all music. I love 1960s and 70s music especially The Beatles and Disco and Progressive Folk music like Can and Caravan.
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I go to music clubs and get given a lot of music. I have a big library!
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: Musicians can sell CDs at gigs and get concert fees.
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: Musicians have to occupy multiple roles today. It is only the privileged few that can afford to ‘only’ make music. Most musicians act as music producers, gig bookers, travel agents for their group as well as the being diplomats whilst playing shows and inspiring people. I really admire musicians.
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: I love the album format.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is…changing as independent artists have been given the opportunity from internet exposure to gain access to new audiences thus avoiding large record company budgets and support.
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: I am currently working on a new album which will be released next year in Feb 2015 and will focus on my work with the Polish Diaspora abroad