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Local rap diva, Katie Kate, tore the roof off of the Maine Stage the last day of Sasquatch this year, laying down sassy rhymes for the masses. Seattle Peach caught up with her for some Peachy Q&A on fashion.
How would you describe your day to day style?
Lazy! Well, I guess “casual”. I’m not really into dressing up day to day. I think that comes from my farmer background as well as having gone to music school – I didn’t really have a reason to dress up when I was spending all day every day in a practice room. As a result, I wear t shirts and jeans, sometimes jeggins (yes, I’m that lazy) and my Frye boots. I will throw on a necklace or ring if it’s a special occasion.
Huge difference. Katie Kate is my excuse to think about what I wear and attempt to look cool. Day to day, I could give a fuck.
Do you and Radjaw ever coordinate wardrobe for your shows? What is your process for styling for performance?
Radjaw and I don’t really coordinate. I think we try to respect each other’s fashion choices – he looks great in what he wears, and hopefully he feels the same about me. When styling for a performance I just start by going shopping, seeing what’s out there. There’s several practical rules I follow – no short skirts (folks can see up them if I’m up on stage), flats or manageable heels (I have yet to find the latter) so I can dance without falling on my ass, which has happened, and a moderately opaque fabric for the top – darn stage lights reveal everything. The main goal is just to find something I feel great in, because confidence is a huge part of my performances. Sometimes I’ll find inspiration from one particular item and try to build around it, sometimes I have an idea already in my mind and I’m attempting to match it, but usually I’m running around like a crazy person buying something an hour before soundcheck.
Dressing as Katie Kate has really forced me to think about my fashion choices more than I normally would. When I was younger I would wear the craziest clothes – pretty much all vintage dresses from Red Light and heels and hats… just everywhere, to school, to work, everywhere. I don’t know how the fuck I did that. But now that I have Katie Katie, I have an outlet for that creativity and craziness, so I don’t feel like I have to do anything day to day. My daily style has evolved (or devolved, depending on your point of view) into a very utilitarian, pragmatic, and neutral collection. I relish buying pieces that will last forever, or classic pieces I know I’ll have for years. I don’t have a ton of money to spend, so I try to spend it wisely. I think there’s alot of value in that. Farm life, you know? But Katie Katie has evolved from me trying to dress out of my “normal person” closet, to me having a pretty much entirely separate wardrobe for shows. I think I’ve changed into being more put together as a performer, and my hairstylist D’Arcy Harrison really helps with that. I can’t get away with looking like a turd anymore.
I’m pretty inspired by Lykke Li, she’s hip and edgy but maintains this very muted palette that lends a timelessness to her look. I am inspired by my friend Liz. She is effortlessly stylish, always. I’m inspired by older ladies who still take time to dress up before going out. I wish I could be Tilda Swinton – I’ve always wanted to go for some androgyny but I have this big round Irish head that kind of prevents that. Eleanor Roosevelt is the queen of practicality. I love her for her lack of attention to fashion, focusing on social issues in a time where that was desperately needed. OH, and Basketball Wives.
What are some of your favorite pieces from your own wardrobe?
I try not to have favorite pieces, because I grew up with sisters, and they would inevitably take my favorite thing and get Sharpie all over it or something. But if I had to pick, definitely my Frye Boots. I wear the crap out of my shoes, so I asked for these for my birthday last year and have been so happy. They turned a bunch of my socks black, but it’s well worth it to know I won’t have to buy another pair… ever. I have a necklace that is a lense surrounded by gold with some flower detail at the top. I got it at Value Village for three dollars but I wear it almost every day. Same with my ring – it’s made from Larimar, a rare stone, and I bought it for myself as a graduation gift. It’s supposed to aid in letting life flow in and around you.
If you could go on a shopping spree anywhere on the planet, a.) Where would you go? b.) What stores would you go to? c.) Who would you bring with you? d.) What is at least one item you definitely be shopping for?
a) Denmark, probably Copenhagen. b) mostly thrift stores, but they have these awesome little boutiques with that Danish design aesthetic that just kills me. c) Probably my friend Hanna Benn. She walks that line between ridiculous/cool very well. Also we went to Copenhagen together, so I could send her to Bang & Jensen for coffee. d) I definitely need structured pants, crazy wedge boots, and anything unique and strange that I might never see again.I also really dig things that have multiple uses – that’s one of the first rules of survival, don’t carry anything that can’t be used for at least 3 different things. …Ok, so I may watch too much Discovery Channel. BUT when the oil runs out and the zombie hordes come flopping across the hills, you will thank me and my parachute/shelter/corkscrew pants.
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As the sunshine beat down on us and began to redden our skin, Saturday slowly unfolded full of exploration and discovery. As the more ambitious and motivated fans trickled back into camp for an afternoon meal, we found that STRFKR had played the Big Foot stage early in the day, making it the second time they played over the weekend. I had caught just about the last half of STRFKR’s set on my way back to camp the night before and was initially in disbelief that they would play twice. Their set in the Banana Shack was chock full of twinkling splendor, and people were loving it, packing the dance tent out all the way to the edge of the lawn. As the mystery unfolded, the details began to make more sense. I Break Horses had to cancel due to illness, and STRFKR stepped up to fill their spot. Twice the STRFKR for the price of one! These guys were a huge hit over the weekend, and Reptilians was definitely one of the albums I heard the most of when wandering around the campground. And they are local to the Northwest!
I spent the majority of the afternoon wandering between the main stage and the dance tent just checking things out and taking it all in. Purity Ring was playing just as I walked by, so I dipped inside to dance for a bit. They sounded amazing, and their moody future pop was a nice change of pace from so much of the more intense, dubstep and/or hip hop heavy electro that dominated the line up. I popped over to the main stage for a minute to try to catch Metric‘s set, but the new sound system they were using wasn’t nearly as powerful as in years past–you couldn’t really hear anything at the top of the hill. And the delay was really bad between the video and the sound (I’m assuming that it was because the sound was taking so long to travel up to the outer reaches of the lawn), making it difficult to become absorbed by and enjoy the show. Last year, some of my favorite moments of the festival were sitting on that upper crest of the hill and taking in the unobstructed views of the Gorge set to a live soundtrack of amazing music. This didn’t really seem like an option this year, as you had to get down much closer in order to hear properly.
I caught the first bit of Nobody Beats the Drum, but I’d heard that their music is this fully encompassing audio/visual experience, and I wasn’t really able to see the visuals that well. The sun was still up and blazing, and I was stuck somewhere to the side of the throbbing dance party contained within the tent. The high energy beats were a bit more than I could take at the time, so I mosied on to Sasquatch shanty town to grab some grub. I grabbed Lisa Dank from camp and we rolled back into the grounds hand in hand. After a pit stop of uncontrollable dancing to Wolfgang Gartner‘s insanely addictive electro-house, our night really got started.
We ran into Fly Moon Royalty and Sportin’ Life Records‘ Jenn and DeVon, and all took a seat on the edge of the main stage lawn just above the floor. Jack White‘s gravely voice and expert grace on the guitar held us all in rapture as he murdered the hell out of that set. I wasn’t initially a Jack White fan. I thought he was talented but wasn’t really that into the White Stripes, and then when the level of critical praise from the mainstream media reached that of god-like adoration, I was even a little put off. I have sense grown to deeply appreciate his artistry and the old-soul wisdom he brings to his craft, and his set at Sasquatch was by far one of the highlights of the festival. When he finished, we all kind of meandered dizzily away from the lawn, high on great music and probably some other things as well.
The last show of the night was the Roots over on the Big Foot stage. Lisa Dank and I darted all over the crowd, dancing and laughing and people watching. It had been an amazing day, and we were only half-way through. We retired to the campgrounds to trek between parties, following bass lines in the dark until we found dancing. Sleep wouldn’t come until the first light of morning, but who needs sleep when you can run on fun?