Katie Melua's 'appalling' start

Katie Melua

Katie Melua

Katie Melua created ''appalling'' music with her ''screaming quite loud'', the first time she worked without her co-writer.

Katie Melua created "appalling" music the first time she worked without her co-writer.

The British star - who exercised creative control over her fourth album 'The House' - admitted she missed working with producer Mike Batt, who helped her establish her career.

She said: "I did go through a phase of reading a lot of poetry and getting heavily into philosophy and ended up writing things that weren't really in a musical format, which I put to some very electronic-based backing.

"I was also screaming quite loud. It was appalling, I would not wish that on anyone. I kind of feel the most natural when I'm not getting in the way of the music and I'm not trying too hard."

Despite the fact her first forays into writing and recording without Batt were not particularly satisfying, the 25-year-old singer - who has sold more than 10 million albums - eventually managed to find a style of music which suited her.

She explained: "I wasn't trying to get away from anything. It was more about going towards something. I wanted the music to be inspired by the future, something unknown that's never been heard before, but at the same time hold on to the values of the music of the past, to try and tap into something that's so ancient and old that it's kind of forgotten. I thought that, if we went far enough in both directions, we could end up in the same place."


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