Chatterbox: Anna Aarons chats hiccups, Amy Winehouse and daily to-do lists.

Hey, thanks for talking to us. Could you tell us something about yourself that nobody knows?

Thanks for having me 🙂  Something you wouldn’t know until you meet me is that I hiccup everyday. But I’m glad that’s out there now, so if you ever meet me you know the answer to ‘have you got the hiccups?’! 

What influences have gone into your sound recently?

Anyone who already knows me will know my main influence is the late and great Amy Winehouse – the most direct influence being taken from ‘October Song’ on her album, ‘Frank’, inspiring my latest single ‘Since You Went Away’, with the Sarah Vaughan references in both songs. I was actually at a Hil St. Soul gig when I had the inspiration to write Words – the groove of her music made me realise I wanted to put that horrible situation that I sing about into a groovy, soul/funk tune as it allows for the attitude I wanted for the song but for the subject matter to become dominated by a funky, soul-filled bass line.

What are you currently working on?

My recent singles were a big passion project that I started I think in 2018 so it’s been so great to see them out there and linked by my talented sister’s artwork, as well as having been so well received. So, currently, I am now just working on ideas for future releases, jotting down some lyrics and trying to up my guitar skills to help with the writing. I’m also working on a tune with a musician friend who has written a lovely summer tune – quite different to my usual stuff but he asked me to sing his track and it’ll be perfect for the post-Covid world we will hopefully enter soon!

What are your plans for this year, has the current state of things affected those?

I had lots of plans for this year including the single releases, starting busking again and hoping to find more venues to play at. The extra time that Covid lent us has been great for music promotion and meant I could really focus on the releases, but all my other plans did completely get put on hold and I’m finding it difficult to even try to make plans ahead as everything still seems uncertain. I have just been booked for my first gig since before lockdown though – I’ll be performing outside at Wembley Park on 9th and 22nd August so you can catch me there for some live music!

Any top tips for getting through this difficult time?

Take it day by day! It’s hard to keep motivated sometimes but I’m just making daily to-do lists (which sometimes include ‘bake a cake’) and finding new things to set my mind to. Also treating myself to chocolate buttons every Friday has been something getting me through most weeks!

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