Kat von D: Records that changed my life

The famous tattoist, model and recording artist shares the records that have changed her 

Disintegration by The Cure

It was so hard to choose one Cure album, because there are so many gems on each record that played such a crucial role in my musical upbringing, but Disintegration is the one album that I can’t imagine life without. From beginning to the end, I could listen to this album on repeat.  

One of my favourite things about the Cure is the lyrical approach to each song. It’s like the poetry that everyone wishes they could be on the receiving end of. To me, this album is the perfect soundtrack to a romantic rainy day, and trust me, there have been many a rainy day that Disintegration has played on my record player.

" It’s like the poetry that everyone wishes they could be on the receiving end of"

Recollection by Concrete Blonde

I wanted to choose this album as one of my top most influential albums for a few reasons. Obviously, Johnette Napolitano’s voice is like no other, and her poetic approach to lyrics is yet to be matched in my books, but more importantly for me, I actually got sober to this album a little over 14 years ago.  

I don’t know why I chose this album to play on repeat during one the most monumental times in my life, but it sure did help me get through those dark times. My Favourite tracks on this “best of” collection would have to be “Someday?” “Caroline” “Mexican Moon” and “Everybody Knows”.  

Johnette has always been a vocal hero of mine, and the soulfulness of her music is what music that stands the test of time is really all about.

"Johnette has always been a vocal hero of mine, and the soulfulness of her music is what music that stands the test of time is really all about"

Songs of Faith and Devotion by Depeche Mode 

I think I really relate to the religious connection in the songs from this Depeche Mode album the most. Depeche Mode has always been a favourite of mine, because they marry the world of analogue synthesizers with soulful vocals. Although I love electronic music in general, I feel like Depeche Mode has always done such a great job at embodying the human fingerprint within the world of synths.

Every time I listen to songs like “In Your Room” it fills me with such admiration and frustration that I didn’t write the song myself. But it makes me so grateful that someone was able to put into words all the things I've always felt. I think that's one of the most beautiful and powerful things about music.

Kat Von D debut album, Love Made Me Do It, is out on August 27th and available for pre-order now. The pre-order of Love Made Me Do It includes limited edition signed red vinyl, red cassettes, CD digipack, hoodies with Kat’s signature star face tattoos on the hood, custom sketchbooks and much more. Other limited edition colour vinyl variants are also available for retail. Pre-order Love Made Me Do It here.

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