Peter Kater: “It was crazy. It was awesome!”


Over the last few days, Peter Kater has been busy giving interviews about winning the Grammy award. “I was so nervous,” says Kater, who had been nominated 12 times before and hadn’t won. “For about 10 minutes, I was considering not even going.”

To, Kater tells:

“It was crazy. It was awesome.”  (…) “The other people in the category were really good this year. I felt like I had a chance, but I wasn’t certain.”

“What I’ve realized in recent years is that I really love playing for small, intimate groups of people. At these smaller home concerts, people started lying under my piano because they thought it was cool. I started doing it for individuals, one at a time, and improvising just for them. Just getting a sense of who they are, talking to them first and improvising for 15 to 20 minutes.”

“I don’t tour as much as I used to,” Kater says. “I prefer to stay at home recording. I don’t like to leave Maui more than I have to.”

To, Kater has this to say:

“I didn’t win for 12 years in a row, so this was particularly a rush of all kinds of feelings. A part of me didn’t think it was going to happen and the next thing I know, I’m running up on stage collecting an award. Thirteen nominations is impressive enough, but there’s just something wonderful about a win.” Kater went backstage, where he stood “stunned.” The staff gently guided him through interviews and camera flashes, which was nice, because he was “semi in shock,” he said, laughing.

“They also had a vodka bar,” he said. “I definitely checked that out.”