San Fernando Valley girl Katrina is out promoting her hot dance sing “OPM” (Other People’s Money) from her to be released debut album “In the Blink of an Eye” on the GIRLS 4 Boys tour.
At opening night of the tour at The Crib in San Francisco Thursday, September 22nd, the bubbly dance / pop artist sat backstage with me about working with all-star producer / remixer Dave Aude and the album to be released this Fall.
Examiner: What are you doing tonight at The Crib for the GIRLS 4 Boys tour?
Katrina: I’m going to sing “OPM” remixed by Dave Aude.
E: How was it working with Dave Aude on the remix of “OPM”
K: He is so cool. He is such a nice guy; one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He is absolutely adorable; embarrassingly cute. He was also in the music video which was really, really fun. He’s totally a natural; the guy is an uber talent and so down-to-earth. It was really fun just being around him because he’s got great energy and obviously he’s remixed everyone. As a fan, I was always into his music. As an artist, I was blown away when I found out that I was going to be working with him on the remix.
E: The single “OPM” is part of the album “In The Blink of an Eye” to be released this Fall. Has a release date been set yet?
K: No, we do not have a release date set because we have some surprises for you guys. There are some songs available digitally on iTunes but we have some other things that are going to be on the record when it’s hard released. We have a French version of a song we originally done in English called “Crazy Kisses.”
E: Do you speak French fluently?
K: I do! It’s a lot easier when I’m in France to speak French. When I’m here in the states, I get a little rusty because I don’t have people to practice with. I ran into some French folks on the streets of San Francisco today (Thursday, September 22) and we were rapping in French which was really fun. I’m just glad to be here. I wrote the whole album up here in San Rafael, California actually right across the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve spent a lot of time up here; this is the third year in a row that I’ve been in San Francisco on September 22nd. So it’s kind of a homecoming for me. I refer to the Bay as the “safe-haven where my first album was born.”
E: How long has the album been in the works?
K: It took us a year; from September 21st 2009 to September 21st 2010 to write the songs. Then we did some production and recording. We did the digital release earlier this year. We decided not to do a hard release because we knew we wanted to add some additional things when the hard released happened.
E: Being in California is nothing new for you being that you grew up in the San Fernando Valley.
K: Yeap, I’m a true valley girl (laughing)
E: We talked about West Hollywood a little earlier so you love your gays.
K: Oh yea! I lived in West Hollywood; I miss it. So being in this environment is really nice for me. I really love the tolerance in the community. It’s a non-judgmental as a group. The community embraces people who are original and different; you aren’t chastised for being different, you are celebrated and I really love that. I loved living in West Hollywood for that same reason.
E: Tomorrow (Friday, September 23rd) you will be performing at West Hollywood at Eleven Nightclub as part of the GIRLS 4 Boys gay club tour.
E: Where else is the GIRLS 4 Boys tour taking you this weekend?
K: After L.A. Friday, we go to San Diego to perform as Eden and then Las Vegas to perform at Krave then I head home Monday.
E: Is “OPM” is your debut single?
K: Actually, before “OPM” there was “Shame on Me” which was released in a different format. I have a pop record. Now, “OPM” is my first dance single and the 2nd song that we’ve released from this album. “Shame on Me” was the first, did really well and crossed over formats. So we have two songs in the top 40 at once which is “Shame on Me” and “OPM” which is really exciting.
E: As on artist, what’s the different between the dance and pop category?
K: For me, there isn’t a different, it’s all music and I love it. It’s more how the industry separates genres. To me, great music which is really evident with what is happening with dance music in a strong way right now with for example Dev’s “Dancing in the Dark.” If you have the kind of artist that crosses over into different formats, that’s a true artist who is making great music.
E: What’s going on for your Fall?
K: Oh my god. There is so much going on; I can’t keep-up with my own schedule. I have a band that I get together with. The original version of “OPM” was done with a band before the remix. I have a trip to New York City planned where I will be doing a small acoustic set. In that situation I just take one person with me. He plays the guitar and sings some harmony parts and it’s really simple.
E: What is the overall feel of the album?
K: The jest of it is vocals. We wanted to have the songs not all be the same we wanted a common thread; something that would tie them together. We wanted the songs to tell a story.
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