We had the good fortune of connecting with Kt Ruth Harms and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kt Ruth, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor, really, my strategy for success is not playing the game. As an independent artist, I don’t have the finances or the connections to push my music in the way that labels are able to. I can’t compete. There’s no point in playing their game so I pour my efforts into making good work first and foremost… and getting creative when it comes to marketing. My face may not end up on billboards within my budget, but there are so many examples of guerrilla marketing techniques that have inspired me to think outside the box.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m in the process of making my debut album. An absurd amount of things have gone wrong. With studio dates being rescheduled due to the world shutting down, band members moving away, and quite honestly a number of issues in my personal life affecting my drive and ability to work… it’s been tough. But this process has taught me a lot about myself, and it being difficult to take these steps early on in my career feels like a rite of passage. The album isn’t released yet so it doesn’t make much sense to be proud of myself for it at this point, but I am. And I’m excited to let the world in on what I’ve been working on for so long now.
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?
There are cool pockets all over LA. If we’re talking music venues, my favorites are classics like The Troubadour and Hotel Cafe. For places to eat, there’s this great taco place in Frogtown called Salazar. I’ll admit, it’s kinda hard to think of places to go out when we’re just coming out of a pandemic…
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My favorite songwriting teacher, Michael Carey, definitely deserves a shoutout. He gave me the support and the space to become exactly the artist I hoped to be, and taught me how to create that trust in and space for myself as I continue to evolve creatively.