We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Myers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I have definitely thought about giving up on music many times. But every time I get close, I feel like the universe throws me a sign encouraging me to keep going. For example, earlier this year I was feeling very discouraged with music and I didn’t know what to do next. I met up with an old friend with no intention of making music and we started making a record that day. That record has just been completed and I’m incredibly proud of it. So, I guess I’m going to keep going for now :).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a singer/songwriter and I have recently become a solo artist after playing with a band for several years. I’m really proud and excited about the record that I just finished that will come out early next year. It has certainly not been easy and I still feel like I’m digging out of the trenches sometimes. My band ended in 2018 along with some other big life changes that really sent me into a depression and my drinking/drug use became unmanageable. I sought help and I am now just over a year clean and sober. There is no way that I would have been able to make this record or accomplish anything if I continued down that path. I’m so beyond grateful for all of the wonderful people I now have in my life thanks to sobriety. The biggest lesson I have learned is that it’s ok to ask for help. That was a totally foreign concept to me. But it has completely changed my life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Now would be a pretty rough time to have an out of town visitor :). But, assuming that global pandemic is over, here are some things: The Last Bookstore Bradbury Building Hollywood Forever Cemetery Forrest Lawn Cemetery (I like cemeteries) Velveteria (museum of velvet art) Descanso Gardens Venice Canals La Brea Tar Pits Highland Park Bowl Musso and Frank Baked Potato Taco Zone the ice cream truck at echo park lake (im obsessed with the soft serve) Oh man, so many more places! This is making me sad that only some of these are currently accessible!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give shoutout to my friend Aaron Stern who believed in me and put up with me this whole year as we made a record in a rather non traditional way. I’d like to thank some of the musician women in my life who encourage and inspire me: Sie Sie Benhoff, Jess Cornelius, Anna Ash and Genevieve Bellemare. And I would like to thank all of the people who have truly saved my life and held me up on my sobriety journey. Too many to name!
Sean Rosenthal, Erin Coleman