There’s a lot of talent packed into the Norwich born Karling Abbeygate. Having spent time as a photographer traveling the world, she settled down in Los Angeles over a decade ago and since then Karling & the Kadavers came into fruition, and she even released a book. A triple threat, this leading lady has a lot up her sleeves, some of which she shared with us…
Kendra: You got your love of music from your parents. Did they initially bond over their love of country?
Karling Abbeygate: Yes, they did. It was odd because my mother is English and my dad was in the American Air force. They met while my he was stationed there in Norfolk, and both had this great love of country music. Artists like Jim reeves, and Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams etc. I wasn’t that keen on it growing up, as it seemed so sad, and I wanted to listen to the Stray Cats and more upbeat music. But eventually I grew into it and now I have a real appreciation for that style.
Kendra: What about the Rockabilly scene made you gravitate towards it musically and style wise?
Karling: Well, growing up we had a type of revival over there in England, and so I was always drawn to it. I got into singing country and was considered very good at that, but I kind of instinctively wandered over to the rockabilly genre, and realized that a lot of the same people like both styles. So that was a good thing. As far as the fashion style, it’s just hot! Red lipstick and over the top feminine clothes with a tough edge. What’s not to like? Plus there really is a community, and that’s nice. It’s very hard as a musician to play to an empty room, but with rockabilly you have a group of like minded people who love to have a good time and support the music scene.
Kendra: Did moving to the states change the way you approached making music at all?
Karling: Moving from England to the USA made a big difference I think. English music seems to be more melodic and quirky. American music is more soulful and groove orientated. That’s a huge stereotyping there, but that’s how it seems to me. Over the years I’ve adapted because it’s become a part of my life, but if I ever listen to any of my early writing it’s like weird poetry to music. Very avant-garde.
Kendra: On top of music you’re also a published author. Which, congrats on the release of The Fly King! Did you draw from the same inspirations you do when it comes to making music when you sat down to write this?
Karling: Thank you. I’m very excited about The Fly King. It’s a horror novel, and yes, I would say that horror is a huge inspiration to both my music and my fiction. I just love it. I wish it were Halloween every day of the year. Johnny my fiance is a Magician and we have an act together also called Ling Ling & Tong. Over the years he’s collected an estate full of spooky old props, puppets and memorabilia. It’s really a wonderful atmosphere to be creative in.
Kendra: Were music and writing always a passion of yours, or did one come before the other?
Karling: Both writing and music have always been my life. Music got more attention because it’s really easier to get it out there and get noticed. Writing is more isolated and introspective. But both are a ways to express and be creative. I always wrote horror stories as a kid, and the teachers would get worried and call my parents down to the school to discuss why I was so weird and gory!
Kendra: What’s going on with you and the Kadavers in 2017?
Karling: I’m putting together a few tours. I want to go to Europe as well but that’s not confirmed yet. We’re also working on an ambitious project: a multi-dimensional visual, psychobilly, vampire, magic show!! It’s going to be outrageous!
Karling: The Rockabilly scene seems to be a tightknit community. Are there any up and comers who you’ve been eyeing recently that you feel our readers should check out?
Karling: There’s an Americana band called the Americans. They really sounds good to me. You can always check out my Karling & The Kadavers Facebook page. It’s turned into quite a community, and people there are often talking about bands they like, and other artists. It’s very cool.