Fresh out of East London’s British Academy of New Music, Kitty Cowell has been dubbed the one to watch by The Independent on Sunday. Samantha Foley caught up with Kitty Cowell a rap/electro artist whose tattoos and fashion sense match her music, to talk fashion, college, music and more…
KITTY ON PRESSURE
I walked out of college and press pieces were written naming me the next Ed Sheeran. I was stoked but at the same time a lot of pressure. I have to be that now otherwise I’m a massive flop
KITTY ON COLLEGE
I felt like I needed to learn something about music everything was self-taught, I walked out of my fashion degree to go on tour. This course [British Academy of New Music] was so last minute. I applied for it, auditioned, then started the week later. It was crazy.
KITTY ON HER CLASSMATES
Everyone is doing really well. I went to see Stryke play a show last night, he’s great live. Daniel Gouk who features on my mixtape he’s doing really well for himself. He was always adamant that it was my time now and he still needed to find his sound.
KITTY ON RELEASES
Since the ’13 mixtape’, 13 is really apparent to me, It’s a theme I like to run through my work. So on a 13th of this year I plan to release another mixtape. The songs that I’m writing are on such a different level. I would rather come back with something that’s good and shows my development. Which sucks because I like to keep in touch with my fans.
KITTY ON TATTOOS
On my left calf I have a mixtape with Friday 13th. That was done on the release night, there’s a video on my website it starts with us all getting 13 tattoos. It’s tradition in tattoo culture to get a 13 on Friday 13th, so I got it free.
KITTY ON FASHION
My mums a fashion designer and my dad was a fashion agent. I remember being five years old drawing designs saying, “I want to be a fashion designer like mummy”. I went to uni to do fashion design, It’s always been apart of me, when you grow up around something it’s what you feel like you should do.
KITTY ON THE OLYMPICS
The course I did offered lots of opportunities, I had enough music to play live and was lucky to be put forward. I pretty much played all day, the crowds kept coming you just don’t want to stop. It’s brilliant that I can say I played at the Olympics.
KITTY ON MERCH
Michael Shantz was the original designer for Drop Dead clothing. He was brought over when they first opened their stores. He was doing an electronic project and asked me for vocals so I said “yeah can you design my t shirt?”
You can find Kitty at www.kittycowell.com