Self Expression with Katie Jean Santiago
When did you become a music lover and what does music bring to your life? Ever since I was a young girl I loved singing but it was about the age of 9 when I really got interested in music. I would listen to songs on repeat and really study the lyrics. Although I was a shy girl, dressed in pink, I was completely mesmerized by rock music and my favorite song was glycerin by Bush. I would occasionally make up lyrics when I was alone and just sing what came to me. I wrote my first song at the age of 16. Music opened a door to self expression for me and this has helped me battle my Social Anxiety and Depression.
Tell us about a LIVE show with Katie Jean!
Live shows have been something I struggle with due to Social Anxiety. The very thought terrifies me but it is something I want to be able to over come in the near future.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My biggest musical influence has been Lacey Sturm ( previous lead singer from Flyleaf) I absolutely loved her feminine vocals mixed with heavy rock music. Her writing style is absolutely beautiful! I always feel inspired after listening.
Please tell us about your new music!!
With this New EP I really wanted it to reflect what music is to me. I have always used music as an outlet. These songs are my way of working out a few of my deepest struggles. It has an alternative rock base sound with a splash of modern electronic sound.
What do you most look forward to in 2021?
I look forward to being able to travel in 2021 as well as working on new music material. I decided to release my EP "Wounded Wings" under the name RELEVF, this is my spin on the word relief.
Find it here on Spotify