Who, What, Why

Who What Why : Anika Krause

12th February 2018

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Who are you listening to at the moment?

Since I moved to London I listen a lot to Rex Orange County, SZA, Frank Ocean, Kali Uchis, and Erykah Badu. They all inspire me to write songs and go beyond the limits I set myself when I compose. Before I got here I listened a lot to singer-songwriters which is always nice when you need a quiet minute to yourself but it didn’t get me anywhere with my music. For example, SZA really taught me to play with words and get a rhythm into my lyrics. Rex Orange County is a fascinating artist; when I listened to his album „Apricot Princess“ for the first time I was surprised by every track because there is a musical turning point in each song. So, at the moment I am stuck on that but every now and then when I need something else I listen to German rap, especially to Casper, RIN, and Trettmann.

What do you love about London?

The energy that is flowing through the city. I feel like London is dirty and busy and chaotic but at the same time I just love the atmosphere. Sometimes I am still so amazed when I get off a loud and busy road and walk into a park that is right next to it and all of the sudden it’s so quiet. Also there is so much culture going on that I don’t have to worry about getting bored. A lot of people say it is hard to pursue a career as a musician/artist in London because there are so many artists here already. Of course it’s a tough business but I don’t feel that kind of competition in London and especially not at BIMM. I feel like it’s more about team work, inspiring others, and being inspired. For me, this is the perfect environment to grow as a musician.

Why Vocals?

When I sing I can express feelings and thoughts that I can’t express when I am talking. To me singing is a kind of meditation; I get into my zone and I become peaceful. I had singing lessons for five years and always dreamed of being a singer, and last year I thought I should give it a go and just move to London and study music. Maybe it is also the support of my friends and my family that gave me the confidence to turn a dream into reality. I also play guitar and piano but it’s not the same feeling as when the tone comes out of your throat and unifies with everything that surrounds you. I am my own instrument and I can carry it all around the world – it’s fascinating.

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Author

Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.