An integral part of the beloved Australian group All Our Exes Live In Texas, Kit (otherwise known as Katie Wighton) has announced her debut solo release, Good Guy. A gritty, guitar-led powerhouse of a single, Good Guy calls out every dude who’s ever gotten away with bad behaviour. Kit has also released a stellar clip to accompany Good Guy, created in collaboration with Gina Somfleth of Pop Candi Films (Merpire, Peach Noise, Press Club). Kit was gracious to answer some questions for us
H2Z: Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?
KIT: Today so far, I’ve had a cup of tea, meditated and gone for a walk with the cat. She likes walks. I don’t get it, but I like it!
H2Z: Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for?
KIT: I’ve been singing and playing music since I could speak really! I had piano lessons from when I was 6 and my mum and dad and both sets of grandparents were musical so it’s been in my bloody for awhile!
H2Z: Who are your greatest inspirations? Why?
KIT: I think I’m inspired by lots of people but lately it’s been my friends. I have so many strong, smart, hilarious women (and men) in my life and I’m so grateful for their love and kindness and wisdom – especially during this weird time!
H2Z: How do you create music? Are you lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first? Explain your process.
KIT: I think I am usually a melody/chords gal first. Though sometimes I have a thought and write it in my phone and eventually use that to create lyrics. I guess it changes every time!
H2Z: What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?
KIT: Trying to be original! I hate the idea of copying other artists – even if it’s accidentally. So I try really hard to just be myself when I write. It doesn’t always work because I’m a bit of an empath so things just soak into me without me even realising!
H2Z: Tell us about your new release, how did it come about?
KIT: I wrote this song with Ali Barter last year after having one too many conversations with amazing women about men in the entertainment industry getting away with bad behaviour. There is a long and specific story behind it, basically I was tired of hearing sad songs by incredible women about other remarkable women who were wronged – I just wanted to get mad about it. The chorus is kind of a G-rated ‘fuck the patriarchy’. One of the lyrics is ‘This is bigger than us both’. The conversations stopped just being about my own sadness, anger, disappointment and horror and turned into ‘What the actual shit is going on around us? How can we fix this?’”
H2Z: What advice do you have to artists who are just starting out?
KIT: Just keep on making music – listen to the advice of people you admire in the industry, be kind. Make friends. Try to enjoy every second you get to do what you love and the moments you don’t, forgive yourself!
H2Z: Tell us your favourite Zen practice.
KIT: I love listening to Gregory Alan Isakov, lighting some candles and reading my book in the bath at the moment. Also love radical acceptance meditations and manifestation!!
More about Kit
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Kit has had to be creative with her single launch shows. After performing at ISOLAID on March 22 she was inspired to do her single launch show live on Instagram. With support from Bonnie Songs , Nancie Schipper & Hannah Blackburn, Kit will perform live from her livingroom on Friday April 17 at 7pm AEDT. She will have a Bandcamp set up with the idea that people can buy the single and donate what they may have paid to come to the show, and a percentage of the proceeds from the night will also go to Support Act to help those who are seriously suffering in our musical community.
“I find it very interesting that at the moment the things we seem to be talking about are our healthcare workers and hospitals, schools and universities and The Arts. In a crisis, these things become the most important and I hope that when we get through this awful time we will remember that.” Kit remarks. “Being creative can sometimes be a burden but right now, it’s our biggest asset. I’ve been doing the crossword on Instagram live and also have started an insta-choir – which is so much fun. I was sitting in my room playing a Hank Williams song and really missing the harmonies, so I chucked it up on my socials and asked people to send in their harmonies. The second week has really taken on a life of its own – we did Two Strong Hearts and had drums and bass and even a wine bottle solo! It’s so beautiful to connect with people safely and bring a little smile to people across the interwebs!”
Co-written with Ali Barter (also featured on backing vocals) and created with producers Dave Symes (Boy and Bear, Sarah Blasko, Missy Higgins) and James Seymour (Merpire, Eaglemont), Good Guy is a sharp, hard-hitting track with a vital message. One for fans of rockers Alex Lahey, Angel Olsen and Ruby Fields, Good Guy leads with its heart on its sleeve; with amps cranked and driving percussion alongside clever and playful melodies, this track is impossible to ignore. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Kit explains, “I wrote this song with Ali Barter last year after having one too many conversations with amazing women about men in the entertainment industry getting away with bad behaviour. There is a long and specific story behind it, basically I was tired of hearing sad songs by incredible women about other remarkable women who were wronged – I just wanted to get mad about it. The chorus is kind of a G-rated ‘fuck the patriarchy’. One of the lyrics is ‘it’s bigger than us both’. The conversations stopped just being about my own sadness, anger, disappointment and horror and turned into ‘What the actual shit is going on around us? How can we fix this?’”
The clip for Good Guy reinforces the message behind the track wholeheartedly. Reflecting on the video, Kit says, “It’s kind of alluding to the experience of someone seeming like a lovely person at first and lulling you into a semi-false sense of security. Then bam, they do something shit and you’re all confused. And I feel like it’s so common now. Sometimes it’s not even something that bad. Ghosting and not replying to texts, not going straight for a condom, not being honest and open about where they’re at. Anyway, it’s that. In a film clip. You’ll just have to watch it to get the full scoop! And it’s shot in Melbourne at some of my favourite spots! The patriarchy is giving me a lot of creative fodder, ha!”
Good Guy is a far cry from the exquisite folk stylings of All Our Exes Live In Texas that fans might know Kit best for, but it’s all a melting pot of influences as she explains, “I’ve been listening to different music – more rocky, raw stuff. We played folk songs for a long time and I got to a point where I wanted to yell a bit. Get my punk on! And have my own voice too. The band has definitely been a part of KIT, even if it isn’t conscious. Those women are a really important part of my music and emotional history and it would be naïve to think it hasn’t influenced KIT.”
Good Guy is out now through Believe.