Interview: Annie Dressner
I get a real sense of nostalgia and delight out of each listening. Her words are very haunting and truthful. ‘‘I can’t forget, the night that you died’’ is a line that has stayed with me.
How do you conjure up such lyrics?
I sing what I am thinking or feeling when I write a lot of the time. That is what was on my mind at the time...
When did you first start singing?
I can't remember not singing. It is and always has been my favourite thing to do!
Who has influenced or influences your music?
Well, I have listened to Simon & Garfunkel a lot, as well as Belle & Sebastian and Foo Fighters. Truth is, I like all kinds of music and I am sure that all of it has influenced me in some way.
I’ve got to askâ€¦who’s your favourite classical composer? (If you have one)
How do you motivate yourself to write, sing and record your songs?
Sometimes I just feel like there is a song that needs to come out (most of the songs you have heard). Other times, I just try to sit and write, but most of the time when that happens, it is not as good. For me, writing a song needs to come from some place of truth, whether it be a real emotion or event.
What advice would you give to young singers-songwriters?
I'm not sure that I should be advising, so-to-speak, but I guess just keep on chugging. That's what I am trying to do.
Will we see anymore of your childhood drawings for your future albums?
I think you have seen my masterpiece.
What’s the worst gig you’ve ever done?
It would not look nice for me to tell... but it sucked.
What would you be doing if you weren’t singing?
Now that you moved to the UK, what do you find different coming from the US?
People seem to speak a bit differently here. I can't quite pinpoint what it is though... the weather is noticeable.
"This is how it works
You're young until you're not
You love until you don't
You try until you can't
You laugh until you cry
You cry until you laugh
And everyone must breathe
Until their dying breath..."
Regina Spektor - On The Radio
Your favourite film, book and food?
Empire Records, Matilda, bagels.
If you could go back in time, which historical event would you want to witness and why?
What’s next for you?
I am currently working with another singer-songwriter on a project, so stay tuned for that! I am also writing a new album at the moment and plan to tour again this year. Exciting!
The idea of zombies makes me frightened. Argh!
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