Tuesday, 23 December 2008

'Music Lives On The Internet' - Interview #11

Today, our featured blogger is Anika, author of http://anikainlondon.wordpress.com/. Anika is a keen music blogger and a fantastic photographer who I quite often have the pleasure of running into at gigs in London. Anika can usually be found in the front row (slightly to the left of centre) poised with camera ready to go. She has great energy and enthusiasm for music.

Name (or pseudonym for the shy):

Blog Name:
Anika In London

What is your blog/website about?
The music I love, new bands I find, gigs I go to, thoughts, I sometimes post scans of my drawings too.

What started you blogging?
When I moved to London for uni I started going to loads of gigs, so I thought I'd start up a blog of my thoughts and to also show some of the photos I take at all these shows.

First record you bought?
I bought a whole bunch of vinyl LPs in one go, one of them was Elliott Smith's Self Titled, one was The Faint's 'Wet From Birth'... and a couple of others. The first CD was one of the Travis albums.

Last piece of music that got your heart racing?
'London!' by Frida Hyvönen. It's so much fun and over the top, and it's about London which makes it even better.

Last gig that made you say "Wow"?
Lots of the gigs I go to make me say wow. When I saw Alessi's Ark last week she really made me say wow. She's very, very talented and I can't wait to hear her play again. Before that, I'm From Barcelona and Soko made me say wow.

Where do you find out about new music?
Blogs mostly, and by checking out what bands are playing in London and having a listen.

What would you like to see more of in the music world?
Free shows!

Favourite music venue?
I love The Borderline (London) because it's cosy and in walking distance, but the lighting makes it really hard to take photos, besides that I love it. Oh, and St Giles (London)! It's epic. But the pews are uncomfortable.

Favourite music store?
Rough Trade East. It's nice and big and full of cool stuff and the staff are all friendly and they host some fantastic instore gigs. I also love Pure Groove because they do lots of instores too.

Which blogs do you read?
Lots! This blog, Adam's blog (A heart can stop a bullet), CrazyBobbles' blog, I recently discovered this really cool blog called Let Me Like It (http://letmelikeit.blogspot.com/) which features lots of great musical tips. My favourite thing to read (when ever she posts) is Heather D'Angelo's blog (http://www.hellopoindexter.info/). She's 1/3 of the band Au Revoir Simone. I love the band and her posts are really interesting.

What songs would you include on the soundtrack to your life?
From this year I would include An Eluardian Instance by Of Montreal. Also, The News From Your Bed by Bishop Allen, Between the Bars by Elliott Smith (for depressing times!), Winning by Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton, With Arms Outstretched by Rilo Kiley... and lots of others.

In 10 years time music will be....
Probably not that much different.

If you could have 3 musicians over to your place, they would be...
Emily Haines, Chan Marshall and Kevin Barnes.

If I asked you one more question what would it be and what would be the answer?
Errrrrrm... musical tip? and the answer would be Ema and the Ghosts. I think she's great and everyone should listen to her.

A big thanks to Anika for taking to the time out to take part in this interview. Be sure to check out her blog (http://anikainlondon.wordpress.com/).

Of Montreal - An Eluardian Instance - Bandstand Busking

If you're interested in reading the interviews I've carried out so far in the 'Music Lives On The Internet' series, here are the links:

Interview #10 - Danish Poet
Interview #9 - You Ain't No Picasso
Interview #8 - Consequence of Sound
Interview #7 - Nine Bullets
Interview #6 - The OCMD
Interview #5 - Lonesome Music
Interview #4 - Count Me Out
Interview #3 - The Middle Distance Runner
Interview #2 - Blend Apparel
Interview #1 - Stress Management


Cookiemouse said...

Merry Christmas!

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