American musician and songwriter
Kathryn Valentine (born January 7, 1959) is an American musician and songwriter who is the bassist for the pop punk band the Go-Go's. She has maintained a career in music through songwriting, recording, performing and touring as well as additional academic and creative pursuits. Valentine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021 as a member of The Go-Go's.
I'm hoping that with the high profile that the Go-Go's are going to have over the next year, that if anybody is interested in what else I do, I'll have something I can say that I do.
We always have a good time playing, and I'm glad it shows.
Because usually in the past when I was in a big band, that was all I did.
I haven't been approached to do anything, but I would certainly make room for it. It was a really fun time.
A lot of people don't realize it, but I've a lot less success than I've have had success.
Obviously, the hit singles get the biggest reaction - that's when you can see people really getting excited.
It's kind of like family. I can't say that we go out to lunch and to the movies every day with each other. Everyone's fully grown adult women with lives.
I will be very grateful that I get to go out and play a song and get well paid for it.
Ive struggled just as much as anyone else.
I believe it makes us all even closer believe it or not. We were all pretty close to begin with but I think it's done even more for us. It truly is a brotherhood and I'm glad to be a part of it.
I think it's a reflection of the music business in general, which to me seems very fragmented.
When we finished the tour we had been writing together for a year. We moved forward from there and have just now finished our record. We're having a new record out in the Spring.
It's very different than it use to be. I think everybody has a lot more experience in how to be in a relationship - whether it's a marriage or a significant other or a business or a friend.
We only get together when there's a good reason. Like, last summer, we didn't really intend to go out, but we thought the B-52's tour was a good opportunity.
I'm friends with Carla Olsen and she's doing a lot of producing these days. She's getting quite a little collection of records that she's produced. She's real busy.
The first album is a classic record and I think the prototype of a sound that no one else does.
I met Rodney when I first moved to LA, so I'd say 20 years. He's the eternal teenager.
The new material fits very comfortably with the older stuff.
But the Go-Go's are a very original, kind of organic thing.
Kids need stuff which is different than what their life is that they can kind of live through.
Every now and then, a lot of bands doing the same kind of music will organically sprout up at once.
If you have to do it, then you're doing the right thing.