KT Tunstall (born Kate Tunstall the June 23rd 1975 with Edinburgh) is a British author-compositrice, of Scottish on the side father and Chinese origin side mother. Its music varies Folk with titles more pop.
Its pseudonym KT is a pun on Katie : “In fact, it has a little more style than Kate which just makes me think of the girl of a farmer” laughs she. KT Tunstall falls under the tradition of the traditional song writers and performers like Rickie Lee Jones, Carole King and Fleetwood Mac, and in that of the composer-songwriters Scot contemporaries like Texas, Fran Healy, Teenage Fanclub and The Beta Band.
ChildhoodKatie grew in the university town of Saint Andrews (" beautiful but sheltered, small a bulle"), without forgetting that it had been adopted with the birth. “I grew by knowing that I could have had a million different lives. That makes your life mysterious and your imagination is multiplied by ten. ”
Beginnings in the music (1999-2003)August 1st
Eye To The Telescopes (2004-2005)Its first album Eye To The Telescope is the consequence of this investigatory imagination. “My songs examine and explore small specific emotions, situations or stories”, explains it. “They are songs of kitchen table, like a conversation between me and another person. It is almost as if extraterrestrial had been sent to obtain emotive samples of the human beings and to gather them on a disc. ”
KT passed its childhood in the Scottish hills with his/her parents in love with nature. The music had never really belonged to its life until his/her older brother discovers the joys of the metal. " I would have sat down apart from his room and I would have recorded his music through the porte."
Its first album was the original soundtrack of the film the History without end , but its preferred is Hunky Dory of David Bowie. “Its music really started my love for the writing and a little space things” says it. “I was thoroughly in the science fiction books being kid. My dad is physicist and it was accustomed to taking us along my brothers and me in his laboratory when we were small. We played plays with liquid nitrogen and generators VAN DE GRAAFF. It had the keys of the observatory of the university St Andrew and it awoke us in the middle of the night to show us the Halley's Comet. It is partly why the album is called Eye To The Telescope . ”
The young person and activates KT learned the Piano, then the Flûte and little by little its voice developed its high individuality colors, " I am sure that I learned how to sing because somebody gave me a band of Ella Fitzgerald - it was my professor of chant."
During its adolescence, KT started to write its own songs, " But it was right idiocies with the oozing water of pink of love, a complete vomit of love for puppy. But me, I believed that I rockais." To 16, she learned the guitar, involving herself with a book of music. It is finished by it of this sentimentalism which she considers excessive then.
In the search of experiments and independence, it gains a purse at the school of Kent in Connecticut, in England News and takes part in concerts with the Grateful Dead and 10,000 Maniacs. It also formed its first group, The Happy Campers, and played a crowd in popular concerts. " After the second week when I played a very open music, I was their “special guest of Scotland! ”, " she remembers.
The next stage of its personal odyssey is a course of music in Royal Holloway College, where it tried to form another group, but did not succeed. " I managed to gain Battle Of The Bands with a player of Mandoline! It was me or eleven groups of goth and I have gagné."
After having " overcome the goths" , KT is turned over to Saint Andrews and was immersed in the popular scene which generated The Beta Band and Fence Collective, formed a group with Pip Dylan of Fence and rectified its taste with a mode with the perfume of James Brown, Lou Reed, Billie Holiday, Johnny Cash and PJ Harvey.
A few years and groups later, it was the moment of truth for KT Tunstall. It is in London that it forges employment relationships and concludes its first contracts. It started to make projects of writing with the Swedish author-producer Martin Terefe, Jimmy Hogarth of Orcadian and Tommy D, him so London. With more than one hundred songs in its pocket, she works with her new group with its first album and has with the bar Steve Osborne producing legendary of U2/New Order/Happy Mondays.
“Steve was producer and engineer - it did everything. It even invited me to remain with him and its family as that we could work longer. We recorded the album in a small sympathetic studio in the wood of Wiltshire. It was the house of this handicapped type. The vocal cabin was the plan inclined for its wheel chair between its room to sleep and the control room. As that you could sing while going down or while going up. It perfect, was so believed. There was this small hut in the garden where all the local groups repeat. It was like the Delivery. ”
Without the psychopathic buildings, probably. And no banjo of combat either. " I did not want to take too much equipment in the studio because it is when you must be inventive that you obtain the interesting music. Tom Waits say that if you want something which resembles a box of paperboard struck by a boot, then it is necessary to strike a box of paperboard with a botte."
This approach low quality, visceral, “bottée” was inspired by the recent conversion of KT to the whistle and the crackling of the primitive blues. " As a whole, I am a positive person, but I like the dark side of the music and I will want to always explore that. It is an album which sounds very positive but there are things below, it is clair."
From the exit of Eye To The Telescopes , my life was a vague whole in the concerts, initially like support for Joss Stone, then a round in Europe, by singing with “klezmer hip-hop” group Oi Va Voi, which put fire at the scene of Avalon with Glastonbury. " It was as a sun which flames and I continued with a turquoise collar, a dress glamor and muddy boots and that was really the best concert, really emotive. I had emails of people saying that they cried. They promised that it was not because of the drogues."
For the future, it seems that KT Tunstall does not intend to change way: “I never wondered it. I never had a plan of help. I know that I will never make anything else. ”
Drastic Fantastic is the second album studio of KT Tunstall. It will leave on August 31st, 2007 to Ireland and Germany, on September 3rd, 2007 in the United Kingdom, on September 18th, 2007 in the United States and on September 10th, 2007 to France. Hold One is the first individual one left on July 16th, 2007 in the United States.
A great commercial radiation
the title Black horse and the Cherry tree was taken again like official music of the supplier of access to French Internet Alice.
- Q Music Awards 2005 - Better song for Black Horse and The Cherry Tree
- Brit Awards 2006 - Better British singer solo
- Tracks in July - 2000
- Throw has Me Rope (EP) - March 2004
- False Alarm (EP) - October 2004
- Eye to the Telescope - December 2004
- KT Tunstall' S Acoustic Extravaganza - October 2006
- Drastic Fantastic - September 2007
- 2006 : Black horse and the Cherry tree
- 2006: Suddenly I see
- 2007: Hold One
- Official site
- French Site
- Complete records devoted to KT Tunstall
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