Backstage Series: Intimate conversations with your favorite artists discussing fashion, music & inspiration.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Kat Moss to learn more about what music and fashion means to them.
Tell us about yourself:
I’m Kat Moss and I sing in a band called Scowl. I love to incorporate fashion into the visual aspect of my art and performance and take any chance I can get to play with makeup and put together new outfits inspired by other artists/musicians and pop culture.
How’d you get started in music?
I was never involved in music growing up, but I always dreamed of singing in a band. When I moved to Santa Cruz, CA in 2018 I made friends with a ton of musicians who all played in local hardcore and indie bands. Seeing them inspired me to start my own punk band, at first I was really scared and uncomfortable when performing but I made an effort to lean into my confidence and find my stage presence.
How would you describe your music?
Scowl at its heart is a hardcore punk band, but we have started to focus on incorporating other influences musically. I’m a huge fan of pop music and 90’s alt rock so we’ve incorporated those aspects into our upcoming songs.
What currently fuels your creativity?
Currently I’m heavily fueled by 90’s grunge rock visuals as well as the early 2000’s indie sleaze digital photography wave that heavily incorporated messy black eyeshadow, glitter and confetti, and gaudy gothic disco outfits. The sexy, trashed, up-all-night energy is everything to me especially because the original indie-sleaze wave happened when I was in high school spending all night on tumblr.
Are there any bands or artists you’ve been highly influenced by? If so, which ones?
Tons, the list goes on and on:
Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cherie Currie and Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Kim Gordon, Kathleen Hanna, Taylor Momsen, Sky Ferreira, Lana Del Rey, Karen O, Billie Eilish. I love bad ass and sexy femme’s who have embraced their personality through their art and fashion.
What was your most memorable live performance and why?
Probably when we played Sound and Fury Festival in LA this year. It was such a dream come true to play that fest and to have such an insane and wild reaction. I wanted to cry many tears of joy following that performance.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love to wear what makes me feel sexy. I don’t try to conform to a specific style but rather pull inspiration from my idols and contemporaries. I’m also obsessed with Pinterest and Tumblr and love to find fashion inspiration from vintage runway fashion and 90’s punk getup. I won’t hesitate to cut up my band tee’s and pair them with a designer skirt, embroider some denim, or rip up my tights. Everyone says that shoe’s make an outfit so I usually try to wear a pair that will stand out and that I enjoy stomping around on stage in.