Behind the Beat: Anna Pancaldi

14 April 2016

In this week's 'Behind the Beat', we catch up with the sweet and soulful songstress Anna Pancaldi, ahead of her sold-out headline show tonight at St. Pancras Old Church for the release of her new EP 'Dear Joey,'.

The London based singer-songwriter dropped her second EP - production by Rhodes' regular collaborator James Kenosha - earlier this week, and already sits at an impressive No.3 in the singer/songwriter chart on iTunes above Ed Sheeran. For Anna, there's no question that these are exciting times. 6 Music's Tom Robinson has given her the airwaves' stamp of approval, and earlier this year Anna's track 'A Little Bit Of Love' was chosen to feature in a new commercial for Levi's, in which she also starred.

As for the music, it's haunting and atmospheric word painting is surpassed only by the sheer distinctive tone of Anna's voice. Powerful, intimate and warm all in the space of the single 'Runaway' - a sign of both the singer's technical versatility, but also her ability to churn out songs that show off the facets of her voice in the best possible way.

And if you don't believe that was a reason enough for us to want to find out more, you can listen yourself right here:

I sat down with Anna earlier this week to talk about all things 'Dear Joey,'...

J: Anna! We are super excited for the launch of your new EP 'Dear Joey,' next month! The record is brilliant. Why did you dedicate the EP to your brother?

A: Thank you! I am really proud of this one, so I can't wait to set it free so to speak! I wanted to name and dedicate my next two EP's to my siblings, the people whom I love the most. The songs are almost like letters written to them and so I begin with 'Dear Joey,'.

J: The sound is distinctively different from the success you had with 'A Little Bit Of Love', which was used on a Levi's campaign last year. Why have you opted for a more 'up close and personal' feel?

A: I wrote that track specifically for Levi's, so it's very different to the music I release, but it was so fun to make something in a completely different genre and I am so grateful to Levi's for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

J: You've been incredibly busy this year as you're self-managing your act. What are the biggest challenges for a DIY artist right now?

A: I think at times, it can be to just get heard. Sometimes people love that you're doing it yourself and want to feel like they've discovered something new, but then sometimes people might not feel you have a lot of worth if you don't have representation. But there are ways to work around it and focusing on the business/networking side of things is imperative for an artist and that makes the world of difference.

J: Who are your biggest influences for this record?

A: The things in life that have impacted my life the most.

J: Why have you opted to stay away from the label route, and is it something that you'd consider in the foreseeable future?

A: It's very early days for me, I released my debut EP 'Black Tears' not even a year ago, so I am being careful to put together the right team that are able to build my career with me. I am totally open to it, but it has to be the right deal and at the right time.

J: Favourite food?

A: Yorkshire puddings and custard, not together! haha

J: Are you touring the UK this year? Where can we expect to see you do your thing?! 

A: I am hugely excited about my launch for my 'Dear Joey,' EP at St Pancras Old Church in London on April 14th. I've just got back from Europe touring with Jake Isaac last month, America in June and July, so the UK is a little sparse, but I am looking to do a proper UK tour in Autumn!

J: What's your biggest achievement as an artist to date?

A: I think reaching no.3 in the itunes singer-songwriter this week with 'Dear Joey,'! It was totally unexpected and I am just so thrilled that the music that connects with me, connects with others. It seems a pretty obvious thing to say, but isn't necessarily easy to achieve.

© Anna Pancaldi 2016.

J: What's your biggest achievement as an artist to date? A: I think reaching no.3 in the itunes singer-songwriter this week with 'Dear Joey'! It was totally unexpected and I am just so thrilled that the music that connects with me, connects with others. It seems a pretty obvious thing to say, but isn't necessarily easy to achieve.

J: We recently met at the inaugural FastForward conference in Amsterdam. What was the benefit of that experience for you as an artist?

A: It was fantastic, I had two days to meet people from all aspects of the industry from labels, managers, bloggers. I also learnt a lot too, especially about the block chain! I couldn't recommend it more highly and anyone who manages to get a ticket next year is lucky!

J: Film night or cocktails in town?

A: Cocktails and catchups for me! =)

J: What can we expect to see from the Anna Pancaldi camp for the rest of the year?

A: Touring in Europe and America and then recording the next EP, it's all crazy busy, but I love it!

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London based singer songwriter Anna Pancaldi's new EP ‘Dear Joey,’ is out now on iTunes: Anna plays her sold out London show tonight at St Pancras Old Church to launch her EP 'Dear Joey,' available on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dear-joey-single/id1079035747

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