MusicTAP's Duane Leyva spoke with Morgan Lander of Kittie in December '02. Duane's experience was great 'cept he made a boo-boo with the tape recorder and, thus, was forced to recount the interview from memory. In his words: The biggest fear that an interviewer has with an interview is always that the recording equipment might malfunction. In this case, the recording equipment did work but the bone head interviewer (being me) hit the play button rather than the record button. Unfortunately, this interview was 'transcribed' from memory with around 2 percent of the interview lost. Morgan Lander is an articulate, intelligent, and highly energetic woman. The only thing that I was unable to capture was Morgan’s enthusiasm, which can only be conveyed anyhow, and names that she had mentioned from various bands. All apologies to fans and to Morgan.

Morgan Lander:

Hello Duane, this is Morgan Lander from Kittie.

MusicTAP:

Hey Morgan, and Happy Holidays. How are you doing?

Morgan Lander:

All is well. Sounds like you were expecting my call.

MusicTAP:

Sure was! Let me just set up here and we will be ready to go.

Morgan Lander:

Sure

MusicTAP:

Well.. Congratulations on a successful lengthy tour that started where and how long has it been?

Morgan Lander:

Gee.. we started off in Wisconsin and it has been over eight months now and yes it seems like it has been forever. It’s nice to get a rest from a very tedious tour

MusicTAP:

You’re playing with Biohazard next month, right?

Morgan Lander:

Oh, can’t wait! They're really nice people to hang with. It should be a lot of fun. When we first started out, we had played the same bill so we are really looking forward to hanging with these guys.

MusicTAP:

Must have been awesome playing the European Ozz Fest. Tell us what it was like, Morgan.

Morgan Lander:

Well.. in Europe the fans go to extremes. To see the venue that we've played as well as the way they (the fans) behave is unreal. The Ozz Fest in Europe is slightly better than here in the States.

MusicTAP:

How so?

Morgan Lander:

Mainly due to the fans. The onslaught of fans was unreal. There were times we had performed to over a hundred thousand people and that was a total rush on stage. We were packed with total adrenaline onstage and off. The people in Holland were very receiving,

MusicTAP:

Sounds like the European Beer did its job, huh?

Morgan Lander:

Oh yeah! (Laughs)

MusicTAP:

On your latest CD, Morgan, "Safe EP", did you and your sister feel that this was the perfect time for a live album?

Morgan Lander:

Well, we really don’t view our latest album as a live album per se. It’s more of being just an EP with five live tracks and two versions of the song, "Safe". Our album, "Oracle" is still our main focus point for the moment. Usually, after one of our albums, we come out with an EP similar to this one that’s out, "Safe". We really wanted to give something back to our fans to show our appreciation, thus the "Safe" EP.

MusicTAP:

Killer EP, by the way. Kittie really sounds awesome live, and the fact that you have three videos as an extra feature on the CD is great.

Morgan Lander:

Yeah. The Whiskey in Hollywood, CA will usually record your set. That’s real nice of them. This particular venue always sounds great.

MusicTAP:

Was it a relief to play small venues again as opposed to the large venues that you are accustomed to?

Morgan Lander:

It’s a lot different to perform on a smaller stage, true, but it’s nothing new for Kittie. We generally play in arenas with seven to fifteen thousand people with the exception of festivals, where we can play for up to a hundred thousand people but it’s still exiting to play smaller venues. We still express ourselves and rock out, so to speak. (Laughs)

MusicTAP:

In the future, can we expect the same line up while on tour or in the studio, Morgan? That is, your sister, Mercedes and Jennifer and Jeff?

Morgan Lander:

Most definitely, Duane! This will be Kittie for ever, so to speak. When we had first started, things had just gone so fast for us that some members of the group just couldn’t cope with the changes that were erupting in their lives. Being on the road for a lengthy period of time does take it’s toll. But, at this present time, we really work together as a fundamentally sound group where we can adapt to each others needs.

MusicTAP:

Well, you were all just so young then. It’s great that you have formidable unit now.

Morgan Lander:

Exactly!

MusicTAP:

It must be nice during this much needed hiatus. So, how long before we can expect Kittie to be back in the studio? .

Morgan Lander:

Well that’s a good question. We really anticipate to start playing again next month performing for a solid two months and then have two more months off for a break, but we could most definitely have a new album out in 2003.

MusicTAP:

What kind of music, as of late, Morgan, have you been listening to?

Morgan Lander:

That’s a good question. Primarily metal when up and about. Couldn’t tell you the last time I had the chance to actually go purchase a CD. That just means I've got to get out there and pick up some new stuff. (Laughs)

MusicTAP:

Just one more question, Morgan. Tell us about that awesome Flying V guitar that you play on stage.

Morgan Lander:

Well, I actually do own several guitars. That particular one is custom made by a company named GW. A friend at a near by shop had said, "Morgan, I want you to come down and check out this guitar". I have shredded with it ever since. It’s a 1958 Re Issue guitar with three Humbucker pickups similar to what the Gibson Flying V sounds like. I’m real small and this particular guitar is one that I’m comfortable with.

MusicTAP:

Are you using 9 gauge string or thicker?

Morgan Lander:

I generally use thicker strings.

MusicTAP:

Well thanks for taking time for this interview, Morgan. I wish you and your family and the rest of Kittie the best of luck and a great Holiday.

Morgan Lander:

Well thank you very much, Duane.

Interviewed: Morgan Lander
Interviewer: Duane Leyva
Date of Interview: December 20, 2002
Website: www.kittie.net

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