There's nothing more crucial to say about Anna Pancaldi, past the fact that if her name isn't in your Apple Music or Spotify library right now, it needs to be there. Just ask Dermot O'Leary, BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson or one of her other 6,000 followers.
Two sold-out headline shows in London later, as well as a US tour with Bryde (including Rockwood Music Hall, NYC and Hotel Cafe, LA) and two EPs charting at #3 and #6 in the iTunes singer songwriter chart, we finally get the chance to sit down with one of our most exciting breakthrough acts of 2016 to talk what's around the corner for Anna Pancaldi.
For one thing, she's damn hard to pin down. Scurrying up and down the country, east to west across London on a daily basis, Pancaldi's considered a flagbearer for the thousands of unsigned independent artists based in the capital, all trying to make the crucial leap to playing shows all over the globe. Her recent commitment has been recognised with not one, but two nominations at this year's inaugural Unsigned Music Awards at the Troxy theatre next month, and this week she celebrates by dropping her brand new single, Keep On Keeping On.
Produced by James Kenosha (Rhodes, Gavin James), Anna's brand new single is a stand-out offering, the maturity of her voice and writing easily traceable from her debut EP Black Tears. With a tone oozing intimacy well beyond her years, we recognise unmistakable rasp soaring effortlessly into her hauntingly beautiful higher range. And if you think it sounds great on the record, you'll relish the opportunity to hear it bouncing live off the cold stone walls of St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch this Wednesday, where Anna plays her final headline show of the year. A last flurry of tickets has been released exclusively in line with today's launch, which you can grab here: https://billetto.co.uk/anna-pancaldi-single-launch
The official music video for Keep On Keeping On dropped on YouTube this morning...
Anna - great to have you back on Nouvague! We're extremely excited about your new EP Sweet Charity - what can we expect to be different from your previous releases?
I am extremely excited too hehe! The single comes out TODAY and the EP follows in March 2017. This EP is the most proud I have been of a body of work and to be able to say those words is nearly impossible for me! The songs have a much bigger sound sonically and I feel so much more confident in who I am as an artist and a singer and I think you can really hear that in these songs this time. I genuinely can't wait for you to hear this.
Tell us about your new single 'Keep On, Keeping On' ... sounds like a very personal title?
It's about the sadness of leaving childhood and the juxtaposition of walking the streets of where you grew up where everything looks the same the same outwardly, but yet our lives couldn't be more opposite.
Favourite piece of clothing?
Well, I think you know the answer to that, my hat! I am lost without it! I like to joke that my hair is attached to it, so that's why I can't take it off!
You've just come off the back of a successful US tour - what excites you the most about taking your music across the pond?
Seeing the reaction, I really had no idea how people would respond to my music and I was met with such support and love, really very overwhelming! Also, I want to tour all over the world as playing live is what makes me come alive as an artist, so I've got my work cut out!
With a management based overseas, it must be hard to manage the time difference and varying music cultures! What one piece of advice would you give to unsigned artists on managing their career successfully?
Educate yourself; that is the most important thing! We all self-manage at some point in our careers and that is an imperative learning curve in how to stand on your own two feet, how to build your business and that what it is, a business too. We must engage in both parts in order to create the most fruitful career for ourselves. For you are the artist, songwriter, performer, but business woman/man too.
Single Artwork: © Leigh Tuckniss 2016 | Press Photo: © Jake Milligan 2016
If you could have written one track by another artist, what would it be, and why?
It would have been 'Lover You Should Have Come Over' by Jeff Buckley. What beauty.
We're looking forward to another mesmerising night of music at St Leonard's Church in Shoreditch this week - is there a reason you prefer to perform in religious buildings? What makes the experience so special for you?
I love churches, in London we are spoilt with a plethora of music in all sorts of music venues every night, but what I love about churches is that for a moment you almost don't feel like you're in this crazy city, they're transportive. Churches can't help but create a beautiful ambience and the natural acoustics are wonderful too. I want to create a moment people remember, these shows are my everything and so that is my hope for the people who lend their ears to listen.
The video for 'Keep On Keeping On' dropped today. What was the inspiration behind the story?
I wanted to go for something a little more abstract with this one and went over to Paris to film which I loved. The content is a little darker this time round and really what it signifies is the passing of something very precious.
Favourite flavour of ice cream?
Salted caramel, ohh so yummy! We used to go to an amazing Italian place called Ice Dream after school when I lived in Cape Town, brings back many happy memories of some of my younger years.
What can we expect from Anna Pancaldi in 2017?
A lot more music and touring and continuing to build what I have made. I'm excited!
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Anna launches her new single 'Keep On Keeping On' at St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch this Wednesday 12 October. Last few tickets are available here: https://billetto.co.uk/anna-pancaldi-single-launch
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