A Conversation With Kat Dahlia

She is known for her razor sharp music delivery and attitude! Recording artist Kat Dahlia is about to pounce on you through her music, filled with heavy beats, reggae, dance, true emotion and meaning. She is one artist to watch! She made a loud buzz with her single Gangsta in March of this year and gained a new following with edification from being selected as a BET “Music Matters” artist.

So how sharp is she you ask? When asked if she’s nervous about her debut release, she simply said ‘No,’ and then ‘Next’. We love a woman who is sure of herself and her work.

Kat Dahlia

You are from Miami, Florida. How do you carry the culture of Miami to your music now?

I think I carry it unconsciously. I don’t think it’s a conscious thing. My parents are from Cuba and the foundation of the music I listened to as a kid was Merengue, Latin music. So, it’s just in my roots. It’s in my database bank, in my musical brain.

You have such a unique sound. Tell us how you bring all these styles and sounds together into one track.

Again, it was things that I listened to growing up. When I was a kid I was listening to N’Sync and Britney Spears and as I got older my I got into classic rock like Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix and Janis Joplin and The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Doors. I started exploring on my own and getting into jazz and blues, definitely reggae, so everything I listen to influences the sounds that I make and the sounds that I am attracted to.

You have a new album coming out, titled My Garden [Slated for a September 2013 release date]. Is there a particular theme to the album? Why My Garden?

I felt it was going to be a palaver of sounds, emotions, meaning, kind of like a garden where you have some roses, some orchids, some thorns, some weeds in the back and it’s all just a mixture of sound, of frequency, of energy. But they’re all emotions and they’re all meaning just different types.

Do you feel any pressure about releasing your first album?

No. Next.

Your music is getting a lot of attention from music networks and blogs. Why do you think you’re music is grabbing people’s attention so much?

I think my music is different in the sense that it’s a little more raw and real. It’s blunt and gritty, which, I guess I a lot of people haven’t heard in a long time and it’s kind of reminiscent to something people have forgotten. I think that’s why it has made a bit of an impact.

Kat was a guest on BET's 106 & Park.

Who’s your inspiration for being such a strong rapper?

Tupac, DMX, A Tribe Called Quest. People with messages, but also with conviction and a voice.

Plans for 2013. Will they include more tour dates after your album release?

Hopefully so! Everything is in the works right now. I will be touring all this year through the Americas and then I’m heading to Europe and I will be releasing singles, sharing content and connecting with people and getting my music out there.

Visit Kat online here.

 Written By Carcia Campbell

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