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Steve Katz | PensEyeView
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Steve Katz

Steve Katz is a PEV kind of artist, I like to think – he grabbed a degree, rocked the 9-5 – did everything that most folks do. But that wasn’t what HE was supposed to. He ditched the comfort about three years ago, quitting his job to write songs, eventually traveling from his home in Belgium to farther points east to the hustling and bustling streets of New York City. It’s a bit different from past spots his taken up residence in such as Nepal, Israel and India, but Katz is pushing forward just fine.   

He’s working on developing his first collection, so we asked the NYC new guy about his sound. Steve says “I'd say my sound is folk rock.  I see my music as an expression of my feelings and my voice, which is obviously different from those of other artists.  I truly believe that every person is unique and has their own qualities, voice, and sound.”

We’re looking forward to the first Steve Katz record, and if you swing by his MySpace page, you’ll be just as interested. He says he’s “focusing on touring and playing while I make progress putting together my debut album” so keep a ready ear out for the progress. There’s more to learn below, so keep reading for the answers to the XXQ’s.  

XXQs: Steve Katz

PEV: What made you decide to jump into the world of music? Was this something you always planned?

Steve Katz (SK:): Yes. Since the first chord I played on my guitar when I was 14, I have wanted to make and play music. I have never wanted to do anything else, even though I got a degree in political science and worked in business for several years. I always felt torn between my career and between music until about three years ago when I decided to completely commit myself to my music. I quit my job, concentrated on writing and recording songs, traveled to the Far East, and finally came to New York where I figured that, because I sing in English, my music would be a better fit than in French-speaking Belgium, which is where I come from.

PEV: How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

SK: I'd say my sound is folk rock.  I see my music as an expression of my feelings and my voice, which is obviously different from those of other artists.  I truly believe that every person is unique and has their own qualities, voice, and sound.

PEV: You come from a very diverse background – now living in NYC, you are originally from Belgium you have lived and traveled in places like Nepal, Israel and India. How do you feel this helps shape who you are as a musician?
SK: My diverse background has helped shape me both as a person and as a musician by opening my mind to different cultures, ways of life, and forms of art.
 
PEV: Having played all over in so many different countries, what is it like to play
overseas versus here in the US?

SK: I love the fact that there are so many different venues and opportunities in New York where new artists can play their music.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Steve Katz show?

SK: My goal in my shows is help people forget their daily routines and stresses for an hour or two, to help fuel up their souls, and to put a smile on their faces.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

SK: Actually...when I'm on stage getting ready to perform, I'm always busy thinking about the last-minute logistics: tuning my guitar one last time, doing sound checks, making sure I have a bottle of water.  It's only once I start playing that I am at ease and can start focusing on the audience and on my music.
 
PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

SK: My inspiration comes from my life experiences and from meaningful interactions with the people in my life and with my surroundings.
 
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

SK: I'm a morning person.  I'm up at 6am every day.
 
PEV: What one word best describes you?

SK: Creative.
 
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

SK: I like reading, running, and swimming.
 
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

SK: I'm a fan of Genesis, so Peter Gabriel would be great.  I'm also a big fan of Cat Stevens too. They are both geniuses, so obviously collaborating and learning from them would be an amazing experience.
 
PEV: So, what is next for you?

SK: I'm focusing on touring and playing while I make progress putting together my debut album.  You can stay updated by checking out my Myspace page: www.myspace.com/katzsteve  
 

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