When it comes to performing, there’s nothing like the real thing. KT Tunstall reveals the details of her upcoming gig at the world famous Whisky A Go Go venue.
The last time Headliner spoke to KT Tunstall at the beginning of lockdown, she was enjoying taking her daily designated walk, holding regular ‘KT raves’ on Instagram, was finally getting eight hours of sleep a night, and was about to move into a new studio.
“Was it really April?” she asks. “It feels like I only talked to you last week! I think we're all experiencing time travel during lockdown. Well, I'm getting less sleep, I'm talking to you from my studio, and my last KT rave was at Halloween. I kept it up the whole time, but I just can't do it every week anymore!”
Although KT hasn’t quit raving completely – it’s just that next time she feels like waving her hands in the air like she just doesn’t care, her fans will now find that kind of content on her Patreon account – a platform that lets creators earn a monthly income by giving their fans access to exclusive content.
“I think it's absolutely the future for musicians and any new artists out there,” she asserts, excitedly steamrollering into the benefits of the platform:
“If you're – understandably – worried about your future, it's a great way to connect with fans. Basically it's a fan club, so people pay a subscription and they get a certain amount of things from you per month. But the really important thing is that you have direct contact with your fans. At this time where we just feel so disconnected, we're really missing that…” she searches for the word, “medicine of going to a gig at the end of a hard week. It's been fantastic and it's a community that I've really appreciated. So that's where the raves live now. It's not the end of raves, but it's going to be rogue raves. Maybe they're coming, but they're just going to pop out of nowhere.”
Headliner actually saw KT perform at London’s SSE Arena supporting Hall & Oates just last summer, although admittedly now, that seems like a lifetime ago.
“I know!” she agrees. “Me and my full girl band would sneak into the photo pit and just be losing it dancing to them, and they loved having a bunch of babes dancing!”
That reminds her: “At one point, John Oates threw me a guitar pick, and I honestly didn't move my hand, and it landed in my hand. How did he do that? This was at Wembley! The next time I saw him I said, ‘John, you know that time when we were dancing in front of you at Wembley, and you threw me a guitar pick? It landed in my hand.’ He went [she adopts a cool, knowing tone], ‘I know’. I felt like Courteney Cox and Brian Springsteen!”
Immediately realising her mistake, she howls with laughter: “Oh my God, I just said Brian Springsteen! I am now losing my mind.”
It's been a long week, I offer. “Yeah, that has lasted about nine months! That is beyond anything I've ever said before,” she cackles.
After agreeing that Brian must be Bruce’s cousin (an electrician in New Jersey that likes playing the banjo, suggests KT), she shares that she has used the lockdown period to find alternative ways of being creative:
“It’s like reshaping my job basically, because touring is not an option right now, and that was taking up probably 90% of my time, and it was also 90% of my income. So it's been a really important time to assess my situation. I never really want my situation to be that reliant on touring, so it's not all been bad. It's been a really interesting fork in the road of going, ‘right: what do you want to do? How do I curate my day to try and make different things happen?’”