Col­lab­o­ra­tion is key for Kay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - Tanya MacNaughton

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.”

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