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Anna Pancaldi Interview

26 April 2016 | London Calling

Anna Pancaldi burst onto the acoustic scene last year with her fiery debut EP 'Black Tears'. She's just released her second, 'Dear Joey,' to huge acclaim and we snuck in to chat with her before a headlining performance at St Pancras Old Church.

Nestled in the beautiful St Pancras Old Church, I was blown away by the acoustic soul sounds of the hugely talented Anna Pancaldi on Thursday 14th April. Anna opened the set with one of her most popular songs, Runaway, to huge applause and cheers from the crowd. It is clear that her song writing talents are well paired with her beautiful tone and musicality, with a clear connection to her lyrics. Being a ‘sold out’ event I was surrounded by couples holding hands and embracing with all eyes (and ears) captivated by her talents. Breaking from tradition, halfway through the concert, Anna came away from the microphone and sang to the crowd in the centre of the church for a truly magical moment, topping off the evening in complete darkness as she sang her final song a capella. I was lucky enough to steal Anna away from her guitar before the show began to learn a little more. And what a genuine artist she was!

 

London Calling: How does it feel to be playing in a venue as intimate as the St Pancras Old Church?

Anna Pancaldi:Super excited to be playing here, I have supported other artists here and watched so many shows and remember coming to see James Bayler play here a couple of years ago, another artist that I absolutely adore, so to be coming back now and headlining my own sold out show is just massively exciting. I’m buzzing!

 

LC: Do you prefer intimate venues like this?

AP:Well you know what, one day, when I get to play to 20,000 people I wont complain, but I think you’ll always, no matter how many people you play to, want to come back to a small intimate audience, where you can come off the microphone, which I am doing later, and just stand amidst people. I think it is really, really powerful and can create something very special – hopefully I will tonight.

 

LC: Can you share what has been your most memorable moment to date?

AP:I think, it was on Tuesday when this new EP got to number three in the singer songwriter iTunes chart! So unexpected and my motto is “work for everything and expect nothing” and for that to happen on Tuesday was just so overwhelming. So unexpected and such joy that my music is connecting with people. You know, you create something that you truly believe in it and when you put it out to the public, they’re pretty honest whether they like something or don’t, so I’m happy!

 

LC: So, tell us the story behind the Title; Dear Joey, - who is Joey?

AP:Joey is my big bro and I wanted to dedicate my next two EP’s to my siblings, for the people who I love the most and they are huge supporters of what I do. They’re almost like letters really written to them, hence the comma after Joey.

 

LC: How do you think your sound has progressed since your last release Black Tears?

AP:Yeah, I think there has been a real progression. I am so proud of this EP, I loved the first one, but I think whenever you do something for the first time, you’re learning huge amounts. So actually having to release that first one and now to do the second one has been a lot smoother and I think my sound has developed along with my confidence.

Anna performing at St Pancras Old Church

 

LC: You choose not to be released through a record label, why is that?

AP:It is such early days for me, I have really wanted to build a career for myself, you know, and I think you have to learn how to exist in this industry on your own and how it works. People can be very expectant of having other people do things for them rather than creating a career for themselves, and that isn’t something I expect. I wanted to grow to this point on my own and learn how to do it myself.

 

LC: Can you share your key musical influences in your life?

AP:My parents literally brought me up on the best, on everything from Harold King, Jeff Buckley, Carly Simon, Mike and the Mechanics – all sorts, so great, great music!

 

LC: What advice would you give to the next generation of artists, looking to follow in your footsteps?

AP:I would say, if it’s being an artist and a singer/song-writer and that’s what you want to do then put everything into it! And by that, it means, sacrificing and whole-heartedly committing to it, you know? It’s really easy to want to have a career in music, but you have to work hard for it. Work bloody hard and don’t expect things from other people. Carve your own career and success!

 

LC: So, being London Calling, where would be your hot places and secret hideaways to explore in the Capital? 

AP: Well, I live in East London, so these are little small places like, Columbia Road Flower Market and Broadway Market I love. There’s an amazing cake place there called ‘Victoria Yum’ that give you exceedingly large slices of cake! Which I adore! And do you know what, I haven’t been in London for a while, so after this week I am really looking forward to just having a few days off and actually beinga tourist in my own city.

 

Visit Anna’s website here, follow her on Twitter, and listen to her music on Youtube.

Check out London Calling’s Instagram for pictures of the night!

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