Special Interview – KAT, Musician

日曜日 01st, 11月 2015 / 00:00 Written by
Special Interview – KAT, Musician

Childhood memories

KAT is a singer songwriter who has Japanese mother and Kiwi father. She was born in Narimasu, Tokyo and moved to New Zealand when she was 5. Her parents operated a B&B in Titirangi and she loved to meet customers and to help her parents cook and serve Japanese meals. Initially her first language and culture was Japanese, so when she started to go to NZ school friends treated her differently. She always brought BENTO (Japanese lunch box) that contains rice with seaweed, and classmates teased her about the black seaweed because it looked so foreign to them. However, unfazed, Kat took them more seaweed to try at school the following day and soon the friends wanted to know more about Japanese culture.




At 7 years old, KAT said “I want to be a singer”, when she was listening to music of a Japanese popular artist, “Iruka” that her mother loved.  She would make up her own melodies while listening to the radio. At 13, songwriting became more serious for her, and at 15 band activities began. Surrounded by many exciting musicians her sensitivity started to become polished. The best features of her music are her transparent singing voice and lyrics.  From her sweet and bitter experiences,  songs were created. “When I was young, I missed opportunities because I couldn’t have confidence of myself. I felt regrets. But, to put it another way, that made me what I am today. I want to be stronger as a person, changing the difficult things in the past to a positive way.”



Through the World Tours

KAT has visited many places around the world to meet various people and gain experience. The most memorable place is Nicaragua where she visited in 2010. There is a dump site that 2000 people live and children help their parents by picking up recyclable garbage to sell.  They can only eat one meal when they go to school. She spent a week with the children and played music for them. There she had an encounter with a girl named Dianna who touched her deeply. Dianna was a little girl, smaller than she should be due to malnutrition but her pure smile moved KAT and the song ‘Dianna’ was made.



Now her homebase is in USA, and she stays in Japan for about 3 months and in NZ for 3 weeks out of the year. She wants to come and share her music in NZ more, and the aim is to be a between Japan and NZ. She uploads weekly YouTube videos to share herself and her music.


Favourite places in NZ and Japan

Piha Beach and Golden Bay (close to Nelson) are the places she likes most. She enjoys surfing and kayaking there. In Japan she especially recommends Shikoku (Kagawa, Ehime, Kouchi and Tokushima) because there are spectacular beautiful rivers.

She always focuses on finding happiness and making people relaxed. “I hope both New Zealand and Japan will stay peaceful and beautiful countries.”


KAT votes this flag for the NZ’s new flag 🙂



Wed Nov 4th, 2015
The Wine Cellar, Auckland
Doors open: 8:00 pm
Gig starts: 8.30pm
Entry: R18


Tickets:  http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/utr/show/SID/46952/N/Paper-Cranes-Kat-Mcdowell–Monkey-Majik-.utr



Website: http://kat-mcdowell.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/katmcdowell

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katmcdowellmusic

Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/katmcdowell

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/katmcdowell

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/kat-mcdowell/id219663601?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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