Inspired by the recent campaign with Day V Lately, we’ve been talking to some of our favourite music bloggers.
This time, we catch up with Annapurna Mellor of Flying with Anna about new artists and the best venues in London and Leeds.
What do you write about on Flying With Anna?
Lots of lovely things, mostly musical and along the lines of folk and alternative. I write a lot about new music as I think its great to support new artists and there are so many amazing ones about at the moment. I do gig and album reviews, features on various things and cover as many festivals as possible.
What prompted you to start a blog around that particular theme?
When I was 16 I went to Glastonbury for the first time and as a consequence started getting more and more into newer music and going to gigs around Leeds. After a while I found I knew a lot about new bands and set up my blog as a way to channel that. It’s more focused towards folk music because thats the genre I love and theres a lot of it going on at the moment which is very convenient for me.
Can you tell us who some of the bands/artists you’ve been championing recently are, and why?
I am currently in love with Rachel Sermanni, she’s a singer/songwriter from Scotland with the most beautiful voice and sweet quirky songs. I saw Matt Corby play Communion a few weeks back and was blown away, he has great things coming. I’m a big Summer Camp fan, and I’ve recently been writing lots about Louise and the Pins who I think are doing something really lovely and different. Also check out Stokes William, Roo Panes, Georgia Bruce and Laura Boyle!
Who would you say are the ‘local music heroes’ in your area?
Now I live in London and write a lot about the whole folk thing thats going on. In terms of that, I would say Mumford & Sons have achieved hero status. And Laura Marling too. I think its great for young bands making that sort of music, which in the past hasn’t been popular, to look at the success of these artists and others like Johnny Flynn too and feel like they could achieve what they have. The whole folk thing has really given me hope that bands can make music they love and be successful, you don’t have to go down the manufactured pop route anymore.
We’re looking for those stores and venues etc that you think do an outstanding job. Could you name the top three gigs you’ve ever been to?
Of all time… thats tricky! Glastonbury as a whole is the greatest gig on earth, but taking that aside…
1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the Old Vic Tunnels, London - the most incredible experience, true magic.
2. Mumford & Sons at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds - the first time I ever saw them live, it totally blew my mind and without that gig theres no way I would still be doing this. Really great venue too.
3. Arcade Fire at Leeds Festival - I’m not a big fan of Leeds as a festival but this Arcade Fire as a live band are incredible.
Any thoughts on who your artist of 2011 might be (or is it too early to tell)?
I think maybe too early to tell! I think these things often surface after festival season, last year I think Mumford & Sons won that game. But at the moment, I have high hopes for Summer Camp, Marcus Foster and Anna Calvi this festival season. And I’ve been waiting for about 3 years now for King Charles to get big, maybe this year will finally be the year! I’m hoping Edward Sharpe will play lots of festivals and if they do, the whole summer could be theirs.