Lindsay Katt (@LindsayKatt) is a multi-faceted artist & musician based in New York. Her musical work spans several genres across the pop & rock sectors, in addition to work for television and film.

Our discussion meanders a bit on the nature of art, cycles and seasons of creative work, the songwriting process — if there is one — and how creative pros can possibly keep up with today’s wacky world of social media.

Keep up with Lindsay via her many social media outlets, or on her website, Lindsay Katt Music

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Show Notes & Links

  • Lindsay Katt’s website describes her as an Artist, Musician, Painter, Thinker, Tinkerer, Hugger, Dreamer, Lover, Maker … Still Deciding, and Ever Changing.
  • Lindsay wants to “do all the things”
  • She’s also a producer, director, merry-maker

“Really well-done DIY is learning how to hire people more talented than you”

—Lindsay Katt

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  • Art-shame culture; thinking “art isn’t a real job”
  • Lindsay worked three different day-jobs to pay her way through school (studying psychology & pre-med)
  • Lindsay was home-schooled on forty acres in Montana; learned arts and culture at home
  • Lindsay was “fired” by her piano teacher, but resumed playing as a rebellious teen
  • Studies show that during middle school you don’t learn anything
  • Deliberate Practice
  • There are seasons of creative flow

“It's takes some dot-collecting before you can do any dot-connecting.”

—Lindsay Katt

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  • The Nature of Rest
  • The Avant Gardener, forthcoming project from Lindsay Katt, produced by Yakov

“Why do we have soundtracks to movies, but not filmtracks to albums?”

—Lindsay Katt

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“Art is how we decorate our space; music is how we decorate our time.”

—/u/aclayhutchings

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  • Post-It Pitching, as they do in Hollywood (e.g. Alien = Jaws in Space)
  • Product Hunt (e.g. Tinder for Dogwalkers)
  • Claude Kelly

“Everybody is chasing goosebumps.”

—Claude Kelly

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  • My Happy, on Lindsay’s first album, Picking Out Boxes, came into being in about 30 minutes
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  • Lindsay leans on the side of not-keeping-things-in-a-straight-line

“If I can't be fearless, I at least want to be brave.”

—Lindsay Katt

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Tools

Techniques

  • Rest your body and mind to improve your performance — in sports and in creative work
  • Take an “ear-break”
  • Commercial work is about diligence — writing multiple lines, fulfilling the brief, etc.
  • Look for lyrics to lead the melody, or vice-versa
  • Move away from handwritten notes and scribbles (there’s no space for all that paper in NYC)
  • Use trigger words to remind yourself of notes. Leave “breadcrumbs” for Evernote.
  • Ask for help; work on overcoming “artist shame”

Habits

  • Jot down ideas as they emerge
  • Take breaks from your work (to collect dots)
  • Converse and meet with other artists

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