Photo credit: Chase Jarvis
Zoë Keating is a renowned cellist who uses technology to loop tracks and enhance her live and recorded music performances. Her songs tell stories without words—and luckily we have this interview to make up for that! Read on to learn more about Zoë, in her own words. :-)
(This interview was perviously recorded as a podcast back in January 2014. You can listen to the audio version here.)
[MUSIC: “Optimist” by Zoë Keating]
INTRO: This is Kayla here, with your Murfie podcast. A few days ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Zoë Keating at her show in Madison. Zoë is a world-famous cellist who’s crafted a bunch of scores, in addition to playing with musicians like Amanda Palmer and DJ Shadow. Zoë creates amazing layered compositions by looping cello tracks with her laptop. Not only was her show incredible, but her personality is great, and she told the audience funny stories between songs. Here’s a recording of the interview we had backstage at the theater.
Kayla: So, I’m at the Majestic in downtown Madison right now with Zoë Keating—thank you so much for talking with me today, Zoë.
Zoë: Oh, you’re welcome.
Kayla: I’m excited for the show, first of all. Um, did you just arrive today in Madison?
Zoë: Yeah, like two hours ago [laughs].
Kayla: Okay—what do you think of the cold? It’s finally over zero.
Zoë: You know, I arrived in Minnesota the day after the polar vortex left, so that was pretty darn cold…and in comparison, it feels pretty warm now.
Zoë: I think it’s like fifteen degrees outside, and it feels lovely.
Kayla and Zoë: [Laugh]
Kayla: I know! Who would have thought we would appreciate fifteen degrees. But you’re from Canada, is that right?