B i o g r a p h y
Growing up, Kaitie had always identified as an artist. Initially delving into visual arts, Kaitie worked in drawing, ceramics, and metal art, before gravitating towards music at the age of 8. From this age Kaitie began her career as a performing musician on piano, vocals and bass. Sly has now worked as a session musician and performer in Canada, the US, and the UK for over two decades. Her expertise on the bass have earned her recognition on the player spotlight of www.notreble.com. Other highlights include the chance to perform with Motown Superstar, Martha Reeves, and at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, UK.
As a music educator and author, Kaitie has published a series of electric bass method books, Beginner Series: Bass Method, volumes 1-6, which have received high acclaim from some of the industries top bassists and bass educators. These books were a culmination of her many years experience as a private music teacher on both upright and electric bass. Her books are for sale worldwide through Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles, and are the exclusive curriculum for US Music Lessons in San Diego, CA. In addition to her book series, Kaitie has worked as a bass curriculum design consultant for Fender's new online music lesson platform, Fender Play.
Sly attended the renowned Musicians Institute in California to study under the likes of some of LA's top session musicians. There, Kaitie received an Associates Degree in Bass Performance, as well as the Outstanding Student Award upon graduating from her program. Her success from the program is now featured on the school's website. During her time in LA, she collaborated with a variety artists including but not limited to: top female EDM artist, Mimi Page; the Controversy band; The Khourys; and many more.
As a composer, her music has been featured in many videos for Canadian corporations, post secondary institutions, and the Province of British Columbia. Kaitie specializes in sound design, and was recently awarded an artist residency in Budapest, Hungary, at the Spatial Sound Institute to work with spatial sound and their 4D SOUND system in 2021; As well as with Lobe Studio in Vancouver, BC. With a MMus in Music Technology from the University of Victoria, she completed a research creation project using infrasonic and ultrasonic sound from field recordings.
Sly's area of interest lies in the world of acoustic ecology and inaudible sounds.
Having received her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Distinction in Digital Media, Kaitie has also explored the areas of filmmaking, animation, photography and when not doing music, spends a good portion of her time working with video. Her short film, The Quantum Mask, was officially selected at the Doc Sunback Film festival in 2016, and at the 8th Annual International Inter University Short Film Festival in 2016.
As a singer/songwriter and recording artist, Kaitie's music has been featured on Rolling Stone with her project, Syreim.
Currently working in music full time, Kaitie is involved in several projects in the Vancouver area. Kaitie is the creative mastermind behind the experimental rock project, Syreim, and co-directs the Vancouver-based afro soul collective, Serengeti. Kaitie writes her own solo material and is an eager collaborator with a diverse array of local and international musicians and artists. Check out her projects under the "Project" tab of this site.
Her educational work continues with her involvement with the online learning for singers platform, Singdaptive, where Kaitie is an audio instructor. Kaitie has been teaching private one-on-one lessons on bass for over 15 years.
“Kaitie is a very fine bass player, and is someone who would make a fine addition to any band or studio situation. She is a person who is constantly growing as a musician and a person.”
Michael Mennell, Bass Instructor, Musicians Institute
"Great voice and very cool track. Love the reverse sounds and contrast of dynamic and ambient elements in the track."
Angelo Dodaro, VP, Zedd Records
“I had the pleasure of performing with Ms. Katie Sly in various musical situations. I feel that I know Ms. Sly very well. We shared many musical stages for at least a year and I always enjoyed performing together. Ms. Sly definitely appreciated the curriculum in our classes and was always prepared to perform, and perform at a high level of musicianship..”
Chuck Silverman, Drum Instructor, Musicians Institute
AWARDS & ACCOLADES:
2020 - FCAT Graduate Scholarship
2019 - Dean's Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University
2019 - BC Graduate Scholarship (BCGS), Simon Fraser University
2019 - Gaston-Bird Travel Fund, SoundGirls
2018 - L.E. Frances Druce Student Travel Award, University of Victoria
2018 - Dr. Peter Montgomery Graduate Scholarship, University of Victoria
2018 - UVIC Graduate Award
2017 - M.A. & D.E. Breckenridge Graduate Awards
2017 - Kutzschan Graduate Scholarship in Music
2017 - Donald Wagg Graduate Scholarship
2017 - UVIC Graduate Award
2014 - Vancouver Island University Student’s Union Bursary Recipient
2014 - Winner of BC Family Day video songwriting competition
2012-2015 - Dean’s Honour List, Vancouver Island University
2011 - Outstanding Student Award, Musicians Institute
2004 – Outstanding Achievement in Music Award, Victoria High School
2001 – Freddy Award