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

Having been part of the BIMM Marketing Team since 2016, Sarah has been working in Social Media Marketing since 2013. She Graduated the University of Hertfordshire in BA(Hons) Photography and Media Business and has a keen interest in the power of social media.