Interview by Rock Brigade Records 8/11/2004
WHICH HEAVY METAL FEMALE SINGER INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST?
Kate French: I would have to say Leather Leone the former vocalist for Chastain was my main influence to sing metal. It's so ironic, I used to listen to Chastain tapes and sing to Leather at the top of my lungs in my car. I'm honored I got the chance to take the place of the woman that influenced me most in Chastain.
DO YOU THINK THAT WOMEN, FINALLY, CONQUERED THEIR SPACE ON HEAVY METAL?
Kate French: There are so many different styles of "metal", the ratio of women to men in any kind of power position is few. A lot of what is considered women singing metal these days is either women singing soft and sweet over heavy guitars or women not singing at all just this screaching something you can't even make out as vocabulary, and its selling......so that's good.....but I do not consider these women metal vocalists. A true metal vocalist to me is someone that has power, range, and distortion. No, women have not conquered their space in heavy metal. There are no women that I have heard that I consider true metal vocalist that have come out in the last ten years.
YOU'RE A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND SEXY WOMAN. DO YOU USE THESE ATTRIBUTES ON STAGE?
Kate French: Of course, and Thank You for the compliments. However you look at it, sex sells, and I am a woman with a lot of sexuality. I do not believe in trying to be a man to make your product sell because Metal is predominantly men. I am feminine and I use that in my stage show definitely. Its all about connecting with the audience and that's what I love to do. Sexuality is something that connects us all.
HARD ROCK IS A VERY SEXY MUSIC, BUT HEAVY METAL DOESN'T IS. HOW DID YOU PUT A VERY SEXY TOUCH ON THE SONGS?
Kate French: Heavy metal is totally sexual! All those aggressive men with their durging guitars........totally sexy to me. For myself it has to do with the lyrical content........if I'm singing about something that has to do with love, sensuality, or heavy emotion.......I get breathy...and hopefully, my emotion will be conveyed in my music.
HOW IS TO YOU TO WORK ON A VERY "MALE WORLD", LIKE HEAVY METAL?
Kate French: I love it!! You could not ask for a nicer, cooler group of people to be associated with and work with. I am honored to be part of the metal community.
YOU WROTE ALL THE LYRICS OF "IN AN OUTRAGE". WHAT DID INSPIRE TO WRITE THEM?
Kate French: The morning of September 11th, when the World Trade Center was brought down, it was pretty horrifying. No one really knew what was going on. Where these the last attacks, or the first of many, and the peaceful nation we lived in gone? When something like that happens on such a large scale and effects a country in such a big way, you feel helpless. It was wonderful to see what our country did in the aftermath and how we recovered. We are truly A United front, and in adversity even more so. In an Outrage is a song about freedom and how we became stronger because of the tragedy of 9/11.
BY THE WAY, WERE THE LYRICS OF "ON AN OUTRAGE" WRITTEN IN "HOMAGE" FOR SOME SPECIFIC PERSON?
Kate French: In an Outrage was not written about a person, but about our country and how we came together to fight for freedom all over the world after the events of 9/11. We became a stronger nation because of it.
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