Kaitlin Grady is a classicly trained cellist from North Carolina. Don’t let the bow fool you though, this girl rocks (hard). She’s part of the folk/indie pop group Saints Apollo and the experimental/psychedelic rock group The Once and Future Kings.
After just finishing Saints Apollo’s full-length album and at the precipice of the Hopscotch Music Festival, Kaitlin was able to join me for five questions, talking “orch-nerds,” opening for Big Boi(?!?!) and starting a band via Craigslist.
1. How did Saints Apollo come together? Is it easier to form bands nowadays?
Kaitlin Grady: Saints Apollo started as a duo who met at a local music meetup, and the rest of the band was added via Craigslist and mutual friends. I definitely have noticed that internet resources play a huge role in band formation, and social networking facilitates a lot of great musical connections. I would certainly feel far more removed from the local music scene if it weren’t for bands’ online presence via Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, and other mediums to musical networking.
2. I think your sound is really unique. It reminds of me The Lumineers, Mumford and Sons. I feel like that type of music is having a rebirth. Do you feel with the growth of electronica and EDM (electric dance music) bands are going back to their roots?
KG: What a flattering comparison! It definitely seems apparent that the acoustic folk/americana genre is making waves at the moment, and we’re stoked that’s the case because we’ve subsequently been really locally well-received. I’ve never drawn a correlation between EDM music and the indie folk scene – that’s an interesting thought. Our drummer, Andrew Fetch, could probably answer that question better than I could considering that his alter ego is DJ ROU-DEE (https://soundcloud.com/dj_roudee). No doubt that I’d love to hear a Saints Apollo dubstep remix.
3. I know your a classically trained cellist. Did you want to be in band like this? Or have you only recently wanted to be in a “rock n roll” band? Why? Have you always like music like this?
KG: Honestly, the thought never even crossed my mind that cellists could rock until I started listening to bands like Jump Little Children and the Avett Brothers (both from NC!) in high school. Once I realized that being in a rock band was a possibility for a classically-trained “orch dork,” I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. My first band was called Ghost Cats of the South, which was kind of lo-fi indie pop. I currently play with Saints Apollo and an experimental/surrealistic indie rock band called Once & Future Kings.
4. What is the bands summer plans?
To listen to some of Saints Apollos (awesome) music, listen to this song below.