It wasn’t too long ago that the face and voice of Jakalope, Katie B., was working as a receptionist at The Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, sitting on the sidelines with her many musical talents.
A singer since she was a child, Katie B. found herself (in her early twenties) in the crosshairs of famed producer/mixer/musician Dave “Rave” Ogilvie, whose credits include the likes of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. Ogilvie was in search of a voice for a project that would become Jakalope, and after giving Katie B. a number of small projects, he began to realize that she was it.
“He really kept it casual, and I really didn’t know what I was doing, but I was just thinking, ‘Oh perfect, I get to write some songs,’” she explains. “It all just grew right before my eyes, and before I knew what was really happening, Jakalope became what it is now.” Released in 2004, Jakalope’s debut, It Dreams, is a mix of industrial-driven rock and melodic, radio-friendly hooks that has given the band lots of attention. For Katie B., however, her experiences working within a studio prior to performing in one have made her realize that nothing is guaranteed. “I saw the good and the bad.
I’m fully aware that this may never amount to anything,” she says. “You always have to be prepared, because you never know. So I hope for the best, but I try not to think too much about it.”
Editor’s Note: Read our interview with Katie after going solo as Katie Rox.
Here’s the video for Jakalope hit “Pretty Life”