Interview with Katelyn Benton

Today, we sat down with Katelyn Benton to talk the type of music she listened to growing up, advice for musicians and much more. Be sure to check out her music below after the interview on Spotify!


What is your inspiration to write your music? Is it your surroundings?

I’m inspired by my life experiences and sometimes the experiences of people close to me. Music is a wonderful tool for processing feelings, not only for the person writing it, but for the listener as well.


What type of music did you listen to growing up?

Everything! When I was little, I loved bands like Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam, but also was drawn to World War II era jazz, oldies from the 50’s and 60’s, and of course, modern day music of just about every genre – pop, r&b, even some country. I also loved musicals and Disney music, plus I’ve been playing classical piano my whole life, so I love a lot of classical music too. I’ve never been single focused on a genre, which is probably why my own music is so genre-bendy.


Is there someone you looked up as a hero?

Jim Henson. I absolutely love the Muppets and am in awe over the world Henson was able to create around his art. He held a balance of creating work that was profoundly meaningful while remaining light enough to be digestible by children and grownups alike. I wish I could have met him.


If you weren’t a musician what would you be doing today?

I think we’re all always more than one thing. I’m a musician and have survived many years doing just music, but as a musician, I’ve also struggled many years to get by on just music. I’ve diversified my income a lot over my life. For a few years I worked on set for countless movies and t.v. shows as a background actor, shooting 3-4 days a week. I’ve worked for a record label, a music gear manufacturing company, and many independent artists helping with their marketing. I have a strong interest in therapeutic and healing services, and am currently being certified as a master hypnotist. Unless you’re Prince, most musicians are quite well-rounded and have lives and interests beyond music.


What advice do you have for our fans out there that want to create music?

Keep an open mind, try a lot of things, and work with a wide variety of people. You learn a lot about yourself and your craft when you’re continuously exploring and stepping out of your comfort zone.