IndieLondon meets... Annie Dressner
Compiled by Jack Foley
IN A new series of interviews, IndieLondon is encouraging artists to promote themselves (find out more). Here, we meet singer-songwriter Annie Dressner.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself? I am a singer/songwriter from New York City and moved to the UK a year and a half ago. I really like bagels and when it is sunny outside.
Q. What style of music? I guess I would usually say “singer/songwriter” but then sometimes that is a bit too vague. I am really bad at describing it but some people have compared me to Jenny Lewis, Devon Sproule and Kimya Dawson – so that kind of music? Kind of? It isn’t jazz or metal.
Q. When were you formed/when did you start? Well, it’s just me really – my first ever gig was in July of 2009. I had started to go to open mics some months before that. I started to write songs some years before that but not in a very serious way. I started to try to do this professionally in 2009.
Q. Who/what are your influences? I have listened to a lot of Belle & Sebastian (but am not sure that it is evident in the music) – I love them! I think my main influences are Simon & Garfunkel, Carly Simon and James Taylor as I spent a lot of time listening to them. Again, I am not saying that I sound like them (though that would be cool).
Q. What and when are you releasing? My debut album, Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names, came out July 2011. My newest project is my EP, East Twenties, which will be released on April 8, 2013. I am very, very excited! My EP release show is in London on April 9, 2013 at The Slaughtered Lamb. If you’re interested, here is a ticket link
Q. What inspired the song/album? The EP is made up for four songs, all of which were influenced by love and loss. The title, East Twenties, came from where I grew up – in the East 20s in Manhattan, New York City. A lot of what is in these four songs reminds me of my time in and around that area of NYC.
Q. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself: I can tap dance.