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Welcome to Doorstep Interview, where we find out more about the amazing bands and artists we have right here in the north east. This time Brilliant Mind member Kate Edwards, formerly known as Agerskow, tells us more about her achievements so far and what she’s got planned under her own name.

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who are you, where are you from?

I am Kate Edwards, I’m a singer and songwriter originally from a little town in Yorkshire called Beverley, although I’ve lived in Newcastle for a while now.

What inspired you to first start making music?

Probably the fact that my parents are both musicians. I grew up listening to loads of music that was kind of a mixture of both of their tastes, and it made me want to start writing songs as I got older and started learning instruments myself. My dad used to play my brother and I records by sixties bands like The Hollies and The Searchers, and my mum loves her eighties stuff and would play The Smiths and The Housemartins in the car.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

I listen to lots of music and it changes all the time – I usually get an idea and then use whatever instrument is to hand to work it out. Usually that means piano or guitar but more recently I’ve been experimenting with using instruments like autoharp and accordion. My main influences at the moment are Sufjan Stevens, Elbow’s latest EP, Bill Callahan, Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile, and Regina Spektor.

How would you describe your sound?

However other people describe it! Probably ‘alt-folk’ or ‘folk-pop’ if I was pushed for a label. I just try to write engaging songs.

“I think people always appreciate honest writing and I like to think that’s what I bring”

Where do you see yourself fitting into the local music scene?

I’ve been playing music in the North East for a while now with Brilliant Mind and as Agerskow and I’ve certainly met loads of people who I’d now consider friends. I think people always appreciate honest writing and I like to think that’s what I bring.

Tell us a bit about your live performances. What can we expect from a gig by you?

When I play solo I switch up between piano and guitar, but I can’t wait to play gigs with a full band. The recordings I’m making range from stripped-down songs to full arrangement pieces so it’s going to a fun challenge recreating them live.

Can you tell us what gigs you have planned in the region in the near future?

I’ll be launching my first single under my own name sometime over the next few months at a really interesting location which I won’t reveal just yet…

What do you think has been your biggest achievement so far as an artist?

I think my biggest achievement so far was when, as Agerskow, I was invited to score out some of my songs for a special performance where I was accompanied by the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra. It was amazing and I’ll never forget it. Another was launching the Agerskow single This Train Terminates/Fast Hands at Morden Tower in 2013 – the room was packed and there was an incredible atmosphere. A song I released in memory of my nana earlier this year, called Postcard From Whitby, was played on the Tom Robinson Show on BBC 6Music too.

Have there been any major challenges so far in your musical career?

My main challenge has been working out the kind of songs I want to write. I’ve been writing and performing since I was 17, but when I look back on the music I was making even two years ago I think what I’m doing now is so much stronger.

What else have you got planned for the future?

I’ll be releasing a single in a few months’ time but apart from that I just want to play more gigs and make more records. I recently recorded an EP so will be getting ready to release that next year too.

Keep up to date with what Kate Edwards is doing on her Facebook page.

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