Ep23: Catherine Anne Davies (The Anchoress) on aiming for 40% happiness
Welcome to my conversation with Catherine Anne Davies, recorded on 10th November 2020.
Get the new Anchoress album here and scroll down for more links to Catherine’s work.
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In this conversation, we discuss:
- the importance of sheer bloodymindedness in a creative career
- why everything we were told when we were starting out in the music business isn’t true any more – and why that’s exciting
- how the Manic Street Preachers helped Catherine to university
- “five-star loneliness” – the truth about touring
- the importance of collaboration, and why making her recent album “In Memory Of My Feelings” with Bernard Butler (see episode 22!) was like taking a holiday
- stage fright, performance nerves and “productive anxiety”
- why boundaries are essential for artists
Explore Catherine’s work:
- Listen to “Show Your Face” by The Anchoress, with guest guitar by James Dean Bradfield
- Listen to “In Memory Of My Feelings”, the collaborative album by Catherine Anne Davies and Bernard Butler, then get a copy
- Listen to “Doesn’t Kill You” by The Anchoress
- Listen to “Dylan and Caitlin” by The Manic Street Preachers
Find out more by visiting Catherine’s website and following her on Twitter.
Propelled by the Manic Street Preachers’ lyric “libraries gave us power”, The Anchoress (aka Welsh producer and multi-instrumentalist, Catherine Anne Davies) is a voracious devourer of words and music.
From her early roots as a classically-trained flautist, to her current obsession with vintage synthesizers, Davies has spent much of the last four years developing her writing and engineering skills to become one of the most interesting up-and-coming songwriters and producers in the UK and has collaborated with a variety of artists including the London Philharmonic, Nitin Sawhney, Ed Harcourt, Bernard Butler, Liam Howe and Paul Statham.
The second Anchoress album, The Art Of Losing, will be released in March 2021.
Photo credit: Isabella Charlesworth.
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