What is your name and role within the band?
My name is Kat Frankie. I’m a musician and the producer of Keøma.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
Chris is based in Köln and I’m based in Berlin. The music scene here is quite well-known to be focused on techno and electronic music, but there’s also a lot bands and musicians here that make pop or singer-songwriter music. The atmosphere is very collaborative here.
How did you first start playing music?
I first started singing and making up songs when I was 4 or 5 years old. It was just something I did instinctively. I didn’t pursue music as a proper career until much later.
How did KEØMA form?
Chris came to me with a song that he wanted me to work with him on. We finished it together and it was so nice that he then asked me to do another and another, and sooner or later we had our first album.
What’s been happening recently?
We’ve just finished our second album ‘Saudade’, and we’ve been very busy running around Europe and shooting music videos for it!
You have an upcoming album, what’s the title?
‘Saudade’. It’s portuguese and refers to a certain kind of longing.
What influenced the sound and songwriting for this album?
Our last album was quite dark and very heavy on programmed beats, synthesisers and reverb. This time we wanted to make something that was a bit lighter, and with ‘real’ musicians. There’s still a sense of melancholy in the songs, but this time the music is a bit more upbeat.
Where and when did you record?
We recorded in Berlin in various studios over the past year and a half.
Who did you work with?
Chris and I do most of the playing and performing, but this time we also had some great musicians play on the album with us, like our drummer Robert Kretzschmar. Shanice Ruby Bennet is a Köln-based bass player who also gave us some incredible bass lines.
How did you go about writing the music for this new album?
A lot of the ideas for this album came from Chris, who had moved from his native Köln to Berlin for a while and was missing his hometown quite a bit. So there’s this thread of longing that runs through the whole album. I think he had almost 40 ideas for tracks, from which we selected the best ones and finished them together.
What programs/instruments did you use?
For the production I worked mostly with Ableton. As far as instruments go, we had a lot more ‘real’ instruments this time round: bass, guitars, drums… etc.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creative/recording process?
I think it’s always more fun to work with real musicians than to program everything, which is what I did for the last album. So we had a bit more room in the recording studio for spontaneity which was an absolute luxury.
Where will we be able to buy/listen?
The usual places: Spotify, Apple, Amazon…
What’s planned for 2019?
We’ll be on tour in Germany later this year.
What do you like to do away from music?
Because I have many different projects (I’m not only in Keøma), I don’t really have much time away from music!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I can tell you that Chris is listening to a lot of Amili lately and I’m listening to a lot of new stuff from some great local German acts like Gurr, Children and Ilgen-Nur.
Where are you playing next?
05.09. München, Ampere
06.09. Köln, Artheater
08.09. Leipzig, Täubchenthal
09.09 Berlin, Lido
10.09 Hamburg, Nochtspeicher
11.09. Wiesbaden, Schlachthof
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Probably Korean food. I’ve performed in Korea (not with Keøma, but solo) quite a few times over the last years. My favourite place to hang out is at home with no phone calls and no emails.