Interview with Cat Hall Angeles / Dissonance

10 Fragen / 10 Antworten
Signed to Hakatak in 1996, the style of Dissonance has evolved largely from dance music, but incorporates elements from industrial, pop, and alternative rock. Compared to bands like Nine Inch Nails, Curve, This Mortal Coil, and Information Society.
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1.When and why did you become a musician ? 

I was interested in singing at an early age and participated in choirs and solo competitions in school-  after I began my college studies, I was asked by a friend to join their band because they knew I could sing.  That lead to other bands-  I guess my first foray into recording professionally would have been in 1993-  That’s when I began working with several people in  Dallas, Texas-  I was living in New York City at the time.  I wound up moving to Texas to continue writing music.

2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?

My signature sound is stacking lots and lots of vocal layers and harmonies-  I’ve not yet heard anyone who sounds quite like me-  I’ve been told my voice is unusual.

3. Who and what inspired you?

I was very much into the club scene in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  The music and artists of that time frame, specifically Information Society, inspired me.  Paul Robb of Information Society was actually the one who discovered me and signed me to his indie label Hakatak International.  

4. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?

The place I most frequently listen to music, and am inspired by music, is actually when driving my car.  Whenever I record something, I always listen to it immediately in the car so I can see how it sounds outside the studio, in a real-life situation-  a lot of people listen to music in their cars, so it’s important that the sound translates well from the studio to car speakers.  

5. Who are your most important role models and why?​

It’s hard to pick a role model.  Our band was always rather on the fringe of the scene-  we didn’t emulate anyone, perse.  We’ve also remained mostly a studio act, although we did our share of shows in the 1990s when we played the Dallas / Fort Worth club circuit.

6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?​

YouTube, until recently, has not been a place

I focused on-  now that I actually am doing some video work, though, I have been more attentive to it.  This is my channel: Dissonance / Cat Hall – YouTube  I do a lot of networking on Facebook, and some advertising-  I’m a member in several music discussion groups there.  I do have an Instagram account, but I mostly use that for random pictures of my 3 cats, nature photography, and album cover artwork

I dislike Twitter. 

I have an account there, but I rarely check it.

7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?

I used to work at Texas Instruments, in the semiconductor industry.  I did that for over 20 years to pay the bills while working on music.  Since 2016 I have been working on music full-time.  I am an avid traveller-  my degree is in Cultural Geography and Anthropology, so travel and experiencing other cultures is a passion.  

8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?

The best live show I ever attended was Stevie Wonder-  it was a few years ago- he played nonstop for nearly 4 hours- really fantastic show- any band that has a live horn section is cool to watch live-  😀  I also really enjoyed the last Nile Rogers show I went to-  He opened for Duran Duran, and I have to say, his performance was much better than theirs.  

9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?

I can’t imagine it really-  perhaps Cate Blanchett-  she’s very versatile, and I LOVE her work.  

10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?

I’d like to keep recording at the same pace I have been-  at least one or two releases per year.  I work with various co writers and producers, and have been very fortunate to have been able to work with the artists I have.  I hope to continue meeting and working with new partners in music, across the globe.  


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