Sep 22, 2010

Featured Artist interview: Anjelka (E36)

Every week we will post to this section brief interviews with artists featured in our podcast. And here we go with one of the talented R&R World newbies - Anjelka

1). Who would you like to meet/play on the same stage one day?
- Well, I really do enjoy listening to a lot of different bands and singers from various genres, but when I was little like 3 or 4, the person who made be want to become a musician was Bill Haley. So for a long time I was very into early Rock 'n' Roll, and I gradually moved on to liking music from the from the '70's onwards, but I have never lost my love for that early Rock. My favourite bands are the Kinks, the Eagles, and Bread. The bands I'd most like to meet are the Kinks and the Eagles, then in terms of singers I would love to meet or perform with Buddy Holly, Billy Joel, Neil Young, and Katy Perry. (Yes I know Buddy's dead, but you did ask).
2). Tell us a funny story that has happened to you either at a live gig or in a practice...
- Well, some of my songs are intended to be a little funny, I haven't had a lot of funny things happen to me in relation to my music. I guess the funnniest thing is that a lot of people can't pronounce my name, so I've been called all sorts of things.
It is spelt Andelka but pronounced Anjelka, that's why I sometimes change the spelling.
3). What place in the world would you most like to visit with a gig/concert?
- I'd really like to go to a gig in New York.
4). What single song influenced you the most, or sticks out to you the most?
- I'm a songwriter so lots of songs stick out to me, this is really a question with two answers for me. There are the writers and the songs themselves. My favourite songwriters and the people who have inspired me are Ray Davies of The Kinks, Jim Steinman, Billy Joel, Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Buddy Holly and Per Gessle of Roxette. Ray Davies- I love his lyrics and that dirty guitar sound. Jim Steinmann's songs "Two out of 3 ain't bad" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" and they are just magical.
Some of my favourite songs are:
"For the Longest Time" by Billy Joel, "Lola", "You Really Got Me", "Dedicated follower of fashion", and "Waterloo Sunset" by the Kinks, "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, "Hot n Cold" by Katy Perry, "Head over Feet" by Alanis. "Best of my love" and "Learn to be still", "Love will keep us alive", "Take it easy" and "get over it" by the Eagles. Also "Listen to your heart" and "it must have been love" by Roxette. And Shania Twain's "That Don't Impress Me Much!" Also "Everyday" by Buddy Holly.
You probably think this answer is too long, well then the song which has probably most influenced me overall is Don McLean's "American Pie"- that was my granddad's favourite song and it's about Buddy Holly's death and it's just wonderful.
5). When are you going to retire and if yes - what you're going to do then?
- I'm never going to retire. I started writing when I was 12 or 13 and I think I will continue to write my whole life. But my life is a little different because my music has has to take a backseat for a little while as I concentrated on my academic studies (just finishing a masters) and I may be starting a doctorate next year. This probably sounds a little weird, but I want to pursue both my creative and academic work. I really would love to write for other artists. ly would love to write for other artists.

Listen to: Anjelka - Lost In The Moment (take My Heart And Chuck It)

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