KATE FRENCH SPEAKS!!
Interview with Kate French
1.) We haven't heard from you in a while, what
have you been up to?
Kate French: Well, a lot has happened in the past two years since the
recording of In Dementia, I was married to Larry Howe (now ex drummer for
Vicious Rumors) in February of 96 and exactly one year to the day after, I was
pregnant, and just had a little baby boy Trevor!.
2). Wow, that is a lot, what
about your music, are you still singing, recording or playing?
Yes, I've been
doing a lot of writing, playing acoustic guitar, and singing at clubs around
town in the past two years, but not as much as I would like to have, it's
amazing how time consuming getting ready for a child to come into the world
can be, and your body gets pretty exhausted just from small tasks.
3.) Has the
pregnancy changed you at all, do you look any different now.?
No, I'm not a fat
cow if that's what you mean, but I sure was one a few months ago. I went from a
petite 115 to a cowly190, I must admit, it was pretty scary to look in the
mirror, and I was afraid I'd be forever fat, but as soon as I had the baby, the
weight just dropped off. After three months I'm at 130, so fifteen pounds to
go! As for the change of having a child...no it really docent change you at
all, I would recommend it for anyone that wanted to add real meaning to
life..A genetic recreation of myself and my husband..It's a trip.
Larry's leaving V.R. have anything to do with you or the pregnancy?
was tired of spending so much time away from home and his job, and getting
nothing in return, and after fifteen years of trying and not getting paid, he
thought it was time to reaccess the situation. He's still recording and
playing and is an owner operator in his business, makes a killer living and
is very happy.
5.)Are you planning on a solo project?
Not in the near future,
but I'm getting songs together and developing my musicianship for one within
the next five years.
6.) I heard Ronnie Montrose was in touch with you.
was a big compliment. I left a Chastain In Dementia Cd with him to check out at
a show he did in Sacramento. He didn't know me from adam and paid no attention,
but three days later I got a phone call. He told me how great he thought my
voice was, a big compliment! He asked what I was doing and I said having a
baby...So much for that...besides there's only one guitar God I worship..My
7.) Do you see yourself in a band with your husband in the future?
Well,.. we've talked about it, and I think he's definitely one of the best
drummers in the business. if not the best (I'm bias) and an excellent showman...but
for now we both want to concentrate on family, unless David decides to recruit
him and we do another album.
8.) Are you planning on doing another Chastain
album and what direction musically would you like it to go?
..I hope so!!!!! Well, since Chastain is synonymous with being
heavy, probably something more along the lines of Fight or I'd even be willing
to try something new like Rob Zombie, I don't know, the whole idea of music is
to constantly reinvent yourself, people want to hear something with a new
twist, something that hasn't been done I believe, we shall see....
your old and new influences?
Old, Leather Leone and Carl Albert are the first
influences I had to sing like I do, I tried to emulate them, isn't it ironic
that I married Carls (of VR) drummer and took Leathers place! I could never
take her place, I should say became the new vocalist for Chastain, and new, no
one really, haven't heard any really powerful women, or men for that matter
10.)What do you think the future holds for metal?
Hopefully a resurgence! Right now, metal is only happening in foreign countries, therefore
there's not an awful lot of money to be made. Metals dead here it's turning
into industrial, and tech metal or hard core, seems like everything olds made
new again though.
11) How do you get the material for your lyrics?
usually what I'm going thru at the time, I'd have to say I write my best stuff
when I'm really pissed at someone, angry makes good for aggressive music! My
lyrics come from my emotions.
12) Does your voice fit you!
No, people are
shocked and don't believe it when I tell them it's me, I'm a laid back, really
sweet person and I do my best to treat others the way I would want to be
treated, I guess I do have a mean streak, but only those close to me witness
13) Do you think you'll ever tour again?
If we release a new album and I'm
paid, of course!
14) What do you think of touring?
It's rough, I haven't done
a whole lot, but for a woman, trying to look halfway decent and not get sick
takes a lot of effort when you go from climate to climate and sing the way I do
especially. Our first tour I found kind of harsh going from California 70
degrees to Chicago to practice in 30 degrees and snow. It makes for difficult
15)Have you ever had a sexual relationship with any of your
In the past, several times, it's always what broke my bands up,
but, I learned my lesson several times over. no.
16)Do you think women in heavy
metal will take over the way they have in pop?
I don't think so we're a rare
breed, but who knows they may put tiny soft voices over big guitars, that
might be a new thing!
17)Has your social life changed since you've become a
I never was a real hard-core party person, so not that much and
I never was into drugs, I don't do anything now, and I don't need to I'm
completely satisfied, and much healthier.
18)Do you have any hobbies on the
19)How did you come up with the name Trevor for your
Lar and I are both huge Yes fans, he was named after Trevor Rabin,
guitarist from Yes
20)Any comments or words of wisdom for the people out
Yes, always treat others as equals, and with kindness because for
everything you do, there's always a return.