Chatterbox: Cate Martin of Ivy Flindt chats new demos, veggie gardens and the importance of fresh air

Hey Cate (Ivy Flindt), thanks for taking the time to talk to us today. Could you tell us something about yourself that nobody knows?
Cate: Thank you so much for having me, guys! That’s a tricky one as I hardly know myself either.

What influences have gone into your sound recently?

Cate: The stuff I am working at at the moment feels a little rougher than what we aimed for with our debut. Being an independent artist never used to be a walk in the park, I used to be ok with that. But with the virus and everything we worked so hard for being cancelled it got pretty challenging I must admit.

What are you currently working on?
Cate: We are working on new demos, working on new soundscapes. 

What are your plans the year ahead? 
Cate: Most of our plans so far got cancelled again. So really not planning at this stage no more. Relying on time and science.

Any top tips for getting through this difficult time?
Cate: I tried all sorts of things: Started a veggie garden, listened to music obsessively, did all kinds of research on the virus, did no research at all, studied the news, did not watch any news at all, binge eating, sports: I don’t seem to find anything reliable to sooth me. But, what works best for me – out of all the strategies tested – is to be out in the open. Breath. Feel the rain on your skin. Try to take in sunlight. Admire the forces.

And of course being able to play our music is something I am still so grateful for. We played a live stream concert from Elbphilharmonie Hamburg recently, a full band show, in this amazing concert hall, no audience, only cameras. And I was pretty worried to start off with but once we started playing and got the poetry going, devotion took over and saved us, at least for these 60 minutes of music.

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