A Chat With…Alanna Eileen

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Singer-songwriter Alanna Eileen is preparing to release her debut EP. With the Melbourne EP launch just around the corner, we had a brief chat with Alanna.

Your debut EP Absence is out January 18th. The EP was produced by Mark Myers (The Middle East). Can you tell us a bit about the recording process and what it was like working with Mark? The recording process involved traveling to Cairns and working at Mark’s studio. It was a really valuable experience. With the exception of acoustic guitar, Mark played all the instruments on the EP; he had an intuitive feeling for what would sound best.

You’re about to head out on a east coast tour, playing the Toff in Town in Melbourne on January 18th. What can we expect from your live show? The focal point of my live shows is my voice. The music I write is hushed, lyric-driven and melodically simple. I am interested in investigating the role of silence in music: the space between two notes. In that sense, I love shows that are intimate; they provide the best setting for listening and experimentation.

For my performance at the Toff, I’ll be playing material from my upcoming EP, accompanying myself on acoustic guitar. I also hope to introduce piano at later shows.

We hear you recently toured in the UK. How was that experience? I spent the first half of 2014 living in Ireland and performing in Dublin and London. It was an interesting experience. The highlight was singing at Whelan’s, a prominent Dublin venue. Audiences were very receptive, welcoming and attentive.

Can you tell us about some of your favourite Melbourne acts? I really love Lucy Roleff’s music. Toby Graham, James Teague, Magic Hands and Bird Traps are also amazing.

And Melbourne venues? Some Velvet Morning is a favourite of mine. I’m also planning a show at Conduit Arts in Fitzroy in March, a small venue I admire for the diversity of its exhibitions and performances.

What does 2015 hold for you? After launching my EP and finishing my tour, I’m planning to head to the US and Europe for a few weeks in June. Then, I hope to get to work on my first full-length album, for which I’ve recently started writing.

Alanna’s EP launch takes place at the Toff in Town on Sunday January 18th with support from Lara Travis and Noah Earp. Doors 8pm, tickets $10. More details here.

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