Interview: Erin K
Erin K was an artist who made her name on the London alt-folk scene after deciding to experiment with music, and has subsequently risen to fame in Italy - all this despite the fact she was born in Texas.
All these contradictions in her career may be nonsensical for most artists, but anyone who has heard her intriguing and addictive new album Little Torch will know that she is an artist that makes sense by not always making sense.
We caught up with her to try solve the conundrum.
Hi Erin, for those not in the know, give us a quick intro...
Hello Yorkshire Times! I am Erin, an American-born, London-raised visual artist-turned-musician, performing mostly across Italy these days with my Italian-based all-girl band. I feel like I've used enough hyphens there!
Your new album is called Little Torch, tell us about it...
This is my first album and recorded mostly in Livorno, Italy, with the help of an Italian producer called Andrea Appino. We brought together some very talented Italian musicians to record these songs and I feel it's an honest representation of both the playful intimate sides of my work.
We have heard lots of Kate Nash and Lily Allen comparisons. How do you
feel about that?
Flattered. I never intended to go into music and I would say both of these artists were most likely direct influences in the early days of writing. I'm drawn to them lyrically and feel a sense of freedom with my own writing when listening to these women.
If you had to pick your own comparisons, who would they be to?
Haha, let's just say the above. I'd add Susan Vega, Michelle Shocked, Laura Marling, and the Moldy Peaches
Define your sound in five words...
Unusual. Playful. Story-telling. Intimate. Derranged.
If someone is new to Erin K, which song should they listen to?
My personal favourite is "I Just Ate Shit" but it's probably best to listen to "No Control". It's a newer and more developed style for me and perhaps more in keeping with what's to come...
You strike us as an act who would have an interesting live show - tell
us what we could expect?
Expect talented girls on drums, bass, and guitar with 4 part-harmonies and a bubble machine.
When can we see you on the road in the UK?
Soon! I've been back just a few weeks, having spent the past 3.5 years in the States. I'm quickly organising a project here and will be touring with the next album.
You have had huge success in Italy, how has this altered your global ambitions?
I wouldn't say it's altered much, but maybe prepared me for a range of different stages. We played to audiences of over 3 thousand on the last tour opening for Zen Circus. This is definitely something I never thought would happen. I have to keep pinching myself. Onwards and up I say!
Lastly, if there is one stage you could perform on - which would it be?
Impossible to say. Royal Albert Hall? It would depend on the content. The crowd makes the gig for me and it's not so much about the stage or location.
Interview: Erin K, 18th May 2017, 15:37 PM