Jimmy Kimmel Live

A teaching fellow from Salford University recently performed on one of America’s biggest late-night talk shows, Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Katie Harkin, who lectures in music management, joined the American band Sleater-Kinney for their performance of the track ‘Say It Like You Mean It’ on the show in December.

Katie said: “Playing Jimmy Kimmel was as surreal as it gets as the studio is literally in Hollywood. For something that could be very high pressure, it was quite a relaxed atmosphere and we were well taken care of.

“To be able to get back out and play together with the band for the first time since the pandemic was very special. I’ve been touring with them since 2015 so it felt great to get back out on the road.”

The musician, whose stage name is Harkin, also played with the band for a session for BBC 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios last week. Over the last few months, Katie also headlined a show at the London Roundhouse for Pitchfork Festival as well as appearing at the Corona Capital festival in Mexico City and Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle.

Katie played a range of instruments with the band whilst on tour, such as the keyboard, guitar, percussion and also featured as a backing vocalist.

She added: “I’m examining my experience more as I am touring because I want to be able to explain it to students in a way that would be useful to them. I really value being able to spend time in this industry as it gives you insights that are great for both a performance and academic perspective.”

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