Tori's Comments about Kate!
Published in 'Q' Magazine issue 140 May 1998.
Tori Amos, a brilliant and original artist, has often been compared to Kate, this is her view on Kate and the comparison. Note you'll find some Tori links on my general links page.
"I'll never forget the first time I heard about Kate," Amos recalls. "I was playing in a club, I was 18 or 19 and somebody came up to me, pointed their finger and said, Kate Bush. I went, Who's that? I wasn't really familiar because Kate didn't really happen in the States until Hounds Of Love. I was shocked because the last thing you want to hear is that you sound like someone else. Then people kept mentioning her name when they heard me sing, to the point where I finally went and got her records. When I first heard her, I went, Wow, she does things that I've never heard anybody do, much less me. But I could hear a resonance in the voice where you'd think we were distantly related or something." So you were never influenced directly by her? "Well... I must tell you that when I heard her, I was blown away by her. There's no question." Did you sing along with the records? "Absolutely. But I knew that I had to be careful, so I didn't voraciously learn her catalogue. I left the records with my boyfriend at the time, because I didn't want to copy her."