RGM Introducing – We interview UK artist Anu

What made you decide to become an artist?

I don’t feel that I decided.  I feel like life decided it.  My debut EP was not planned.  I went looking for a producer to record some simple cover songs, as it happened Edd Sargisson couldn’t play a cover song to save his life, so we started jamming and almost immediately songs began pouring out of us.  

Introduce us all to you and your musical history?

I started singing Karaoke when I was 16yrs old when I was 18 I did a music course in Manchester. After that I got into the recreational use of drugs, traveling, spent most of my 20s & 30s studying various forms of meditation and therapy, and forgot all about singing until very recently. I have had no vocal training and have very little experience in music or the music industry.  

Who is inspiring you at the minute on the UK unsigned scene?

I have only recently started paying attention to unsigned artists, since the release of my EP last week but I am absolutely amazed by how many talented and epic artists there are out there with very little limelight being shone on them, I am listening to some unsigned playlists on Spotify and I just can’t believe the talent out there. 

What would you like to see more of in UK for artists?

One of the things I have tussled within these early stages is promotion companies, agents, and avenues.  There are SO MANY scammers out there taking advantage of the hopes and dreams of young talented artists (some not so young).  I would like to see some kind of organisation developed that helps separate the genuine promoters from the garbage, helping to protect artists.  There may be something like this already? I don’t know. 

What useless party trick /talent do you have/? 
I don’t waste my time with anything that is useless. I play Djembe to Dance music really well but its definitely not useless.  😊

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about? 
When I was 23yrs old I walked from London to Santiago De Compostella in Spain on a Pilgrimage of Love. It took me about 3 months and was the most amazing journey of my life.  I also have 5 cats all with pretty long hair 😀 

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? 
I don’t sign up for anything.  I don’t watch TV nor do I read newspapers.  I question everything. I don’t believe anything I am told, only what I can see with my eyes and hear with my ears and experience with my own being.  I think sometimes conspiracy theories are just a way of filling our heads with the idea that there is some external forces that are preventing us from living our lives more fully and claiming our freedoms when the truth is freedom is in our own hands.  I also think there are a lot of sheep out there pretending to be parots, this is also sad.  

What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Talent is not a replacement for hard work.  There are so many talented musicians out there, if you are not up for putting in the hours then don’t bother. 

Name a four-piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
No idea, I don’t know enough about music to answer this question, definitely have Jeff Buckley on vocals though. 

What’s your biggest achievement as an Artist?
Releasing my debut EP. 

What makes you stand out as an Artist?
My music comes from deep in my heart. 

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most in the industry?
Scammers masquerading as promotion agents. 

I hear you have a new EP out, what can you tell us about it?

During the second UK lockdown period, I moved into the middle of the English countryside with the vision of starting a community named ‘Wild Heart’ and instead ended up living alone for a year and recording my first EP, In this heart.  

Six months into my living at ‘Wild Heart’, it was Full Moon March 2021, I met her online, Ellowen.  I knew from the first instant that she was a muse, a witch, sent by life to open me to love.  This EP was first conceived with a Facebook message to her saying ‘I just saw your image and got shivers up my spine’. The following week I posted on a musicians facebook group looking for a producer who played piano.   I was contacted by Edd Sargisson, a young genius producer who works out of his parent’s garden shed.  I was initially just looking to record covers but early on we started playing original sounds and we very quickly wrote our first song.  Over a 5 week period in Spring of 2021 we co-created & recorded this EP.  All songs on this EP were written out of inspiration triggered by my contact with Ellowen.  During the Summer of 2021 I stencilled a heart on the bonnet of a really cheap but reliable Peugot 106 and I drove to Berlin for 1 month metaphorically in a heart!  There I met photographers, a cover artist and musicians all who supported me on the journey to completing this release.   ‘In this heart’ is a concept album written from within the experience of inhabiting & following my heart.  It is an expression of deep love and vulnerable sensitivity.  
Conceived and given birth on the full moon.  

Talk me through the thought process of the EP?

There was no thought process.  The whole creative process was an act of embodying love and surrender.  We had no idea what the songs would be, we were just channeling them out, midwifing them.  

What was the recording process like?

The recording process was pretty straight forward although we did have a few EPIC retakes. I think on one song there was a line we did about 72 takes on to get it how we wanted it.  The good thing about myself and Edd is we both are committed to developing the best possible sound and so are totally willing to stay put until the job gets done, also knowing when it’s time to go home and try again tomorrow! 😊

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?
The biggest learning curve was finding strings for one track and working with session musicians.  It took 5 weeks to write and record the EP and then 8 months to get the strings right on one track!!

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not this time no. 

What are your plans for the year ahead?
I am planning to learn Keyboard myself so I don’t have to rely on producers for writing music, I also would like to learn Synth.. I am planning to work with a few other producers this year and see how much more music I have in me.  I think once I have released a second EP or album I will start to feel more like an artist, at the moment I feel a bit more of a pretender.  

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

So much more…Watch this space.. www.a-n-u.art