Interview With Singer Songwriter & Rap Artist ‘Kataya’

Tell us a little about yourself?

My Name is Kataya. Kataya Casanova to some. I was born in Atlanta, Ga. I found a love for singing at the age of 7 while in church. Although I didn’t write my first song until I was 18. Music soon became my escape as well as my way to fully express myself. I also Self Mix & Master, along with a few other business ventures.

How did you come up with your artist name?

This was a high school nickname because I was always known for having very strong energy that anyone can fall in love with.

How long have you been in the music industry?

6 Years.

How did you get started in the music business in the first place?

When I graduated high school I decided to give myself time to find myself & the better I got at writing songs & the more people that started to listen inspired me to keep going. So, here we are. 6 years later.

How would you describe your latest single?

All That’s on my mind is my latest single. I would describe it as realizing self-worth & intuition is important. It’s a song about self-love & boundaries. 

When can fans expect the visuals for the single?

This visual is going to be very relatable. Everyone will find a way to connect. So it’s soon to come.

Who are your inspirations in the music industry?

There are so many. I grew up listening to a lot of music that was before my time so most of my influences are people like Tupac, Aaliyah, New Edition & TLC. But, if we are being more up to date, Beyonce of course, Kanye West really inspires me, Russ is amazing, & J.cole is out of this world. I just love legendary people doing legendary things. I’m inspired by greatness.

How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?

Most of my singing songs are from experience. Those typically take longer to write because maybe I need to finish going through whatever it is that I’m going through at the time to finish writing about it. These songs are definitely more authentic & easier to resonate with. Rap songs are a different ball game. I can take 4 Henny shots & rap about ANYTHING. The options are endless.

What is the concept behind your forthcoming project if working on one?

I am working on a project. The name is to be announced but, right now we are referencing it as FGSV1. This project is definitely my baby because it shows growth mentally. It’s me showing my versatility and me stamping myself in this music game.

Any plans on touring to promote your latest single?

It’s possible. Anything can happen.

What did you buy with your first check off music?

I believe in stacking up. I’m still looking at my first music check. 

What are must haves when your in the studio working?

2 cellphones. One for reality & one with my lyrics on it, A glass of wine, & I need all the lights dim.

What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?

Learn the paperwork, & Understand the paperwork. Paperwork is IMPORTANT! 

Will you be collaborating with any other artists in the future?

Yes, I have been reaching out to other amazing artists. Mainly overseas artists because I want to try something new.

Name an artist(s) that you would love to work with? 

I would love to work with Russ & J.cole one day.

Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?

I think it all ties in together. My producers are top notch; they never disappoint & neither does my pen.

What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc…)

Stage Presence for sure. I want to make sure I’m fully present with my crowd & learn what they love to see from me.

What’s your all-time favourite song?

This is such a hard question. I’d have to say Aaliyah I Care 4 U, Frank Ocean Pyramids & Tupac Picture me rolling.

What was the last album you listened to?

Roddy Rich – Live Life Fast

Your favourite artist of all time and why?

J.cole. He always reminds people to be themselves & he’s so lyrical. 

Whose your favourite five artists right now?

Jhene Aiko, J.cole, Frank Ocean, Drake, and of course myself.

In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?

Jhene Aiko definitely holds it down for r&b. She gives you good vibes & has such positive energy.

How do you feel about the current state of music?

I love that anyone can become financially free off of it. But, sometimes this industry seems forced & who they force is usually mediocre; they can just sell tickets or products which makes them valuable. It’s not really about the music anymore & I wish I came up in the generation where it was solely based on talent.

Any dream award shows you hope to one day play at?

The Grammy’s of course. 

What is your main goal as far as music?

I want my music to be a place of comfort and real shit. I want people to be like “Damn, this girl really gets it.” The goal is to inspire & educate as many people as I can in this lifetime.

Who would you say your music relates to the most?

Everyone can find a song by me that they relate to. I don’t speak for a specific audience. Those who get it, get it.

What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)

I’m not fabricated. It’s all real. I built my brand on authenticity so I’m always me no matter what.

When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

I love to paint,  travel & binge watch Netflix with a bunch of snacks I probably shouldn’t be eating.

If you could work with any producer who would it be?

Timberland & Kanye West.

What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?

Finally building my team, Filming new music videos, & finishing my first album.

What is your dream venue to perform at?

Coachella would be a VIBE!

What’s the name of the last book you read and by whom?

It’s not suppose to be this way by Lysa Terkeurst.

Whose your favourite actor or actress and their best movie?

I love anything with Sandra Bullock, Essence Atkins, Denzel Washington, & Will Smith.

Name someone famous who inspires you and why?

Rihanna Is a huge inspiration. She has built an empire & is having it HER way. As a woman..That is how you are supposed to live YOUR life.

What can we expect from you in the future?

More music than you can imagine. & more business moves.

Where can the fans check out for your music?

I am on All major streaming platforms. So you can catch the vibe anywhere.

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