Katie Laffan has never been an artist to stand still. From a debut EP of lo-fi bedroom funk pop to last year’s subtle, affecting ‘Trophy’, the Dubliner delights in taking influence from a wealth of genres. Along the way, she and her band played a series of prestigious shows across Ireland – including Cork Jazz, Electric Picnic, K Fest, Canalaphonic, Body & Soul and Townlands Carnival, before finishing the year with two gigs at Other Voices, the acclaimed music gathering that takes place in Kerry every December.
New single ‘Tastemaker’ sees her take another left turn, this time into the world of disco and pop. Produced by Liam Caffery of Music for 18 Machines and mastered by John Flynn, who worked with Björk on her 2015 album Vulnicura, the song is her most polished release to date – while never losing her uncanny skill for a sharp lyric and a memorable melody.
Having been invited by Other Voices producer Aoife Woodlock to play Dublin’s National Concert Hall in Dublin as part of the St Patrick’s Festival Young Blood event (alongside Hare Squead, Rusangano Family, Kojey Radical and a number of Ireland’s most acclaimed spoken word artists), Katie has recorded recent sessions for RTE 2FM and Today FM ahead of the ‘Tastemaker’ release. The track will also see her first ever video, directed by Sean Clancy and starring her 82 year old grandfather.