Collaboration is key for Kay
ARETHA Franklin sang a song about it and Perth singer Mel Kay regards it as the secret to her successful collaboration with band Liberte.
“I think that respect would be the key,” Kay said.
“I respect them and they have always been supportive with my music and career. I think honesty and respect when working with other musicians is probably the highest valued things to me and these performers definitely have both those things.
“They’re also incredible at their instruments and really add new life to the songs I write; without them that wouldn’t be possible.”
Liberte formed in 2015 during Kay’s last year studying a Bachelor of Music Performance at WAAPA.
The core band were members of her ensemble group; all members have studied or are studying at WAAPA.
“Throughout the year, we became friends,” Kay (22) said.
“They all played with me at my recital at The Ellington Jazz Club and we decided to keep on performing together and things progressed from there.”
Kay and Liberte have recorded singles Upside Down Town and Feel Alright with producer Brodie Stewart and both will be launched at Jimmy’s Den in Northbridge on October 7.
“We recorded both these songs together and we just felt like the themes in the tunes complemented each other well,” she said.
“One is more politically focused and broad in subject matter, while the other focuses more on personal relationships and what it means to be human in today’s society.
“Both were based on my favourite phrase ‘Know your worth’ and are about standing up for yourself in spite of what other people might think of you.”