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Anna Coddington - Anna Coddington Interview

24 Sep 2015 // An interview by Ria Loveder

Ria recently interviewed Anna Coddington for muzic.net.nz. Here's what Anna had to say:

You’re touring alongside fellow kiwi artists Lips, what made you guys want to do a tour together?
Steph and I have been friends for a long time but she’s lived in the US for the last 8 years or so. Lips (Steph and drummer Fen) were here on other business and had a gap. The opportunity presented itself and we took it!

What is it like being able to collaborate with them for live performances?
It’s SO GOOD! They are both musical badasses so it makes my job easy. Steph plays 3 keyboards (at once), and Fen plays drums and samples and they both sing. So me and my guitar are just sprinkles on top really...

Slate is your first new release since the Bird In Hand album, what was the inspiration for Slate? And how do you think your new material differs from Bird In Hand?
I think my new material is an extension of where I started going with Bird In Hand. I’m very much song-focussed. I love writing songs so I just try to let each song be what it wants to be. The inspiration for Slate was wanting to move forward and needing to let go of some shit from the past to do that.

Your music video for Slate was directed by Aidee Walker (who used to be in your band Handsome Geoffrey) and was shot on Bethell’s Beach, what made you choose that location? And did you have much say in what the content and atmosphere of the video would be?
The great thing about Aidee is she is incredibly talented and also one of my best friends so I really don’t feel like I need to have much say in the videos. I really trust her vision and judgement, and I’m not really a visual person anyway. I have input here and there but mostly I just let her have the creative reigns in video world.

What message where you hoping to convey in Slate?
I don’t really think in those terms- “conveying a message”. I just like to report my experience and let people take from that what they will. Everyone experiences the same spectrum of emotions so I figure if I just be honest to myself it will ring true for some other people and the song can then be about them, not about me.

Do you have a set date for when your next album is to be released?
Nope. But I’m hoping for the first half of next year.

What is the next step after you have finished this tour?
ALBUM. Aaaaaallllbbuuuuummm.

Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions, Anna!

 

About Anna Coddington

Anna Coddington began her musical life in Raglan at age 11 as her father Peter's protigee on an enormous chromed out drum kit. At 15 she formed Hamilton's most loved/most hated band Handsome Geoffery with two of her best friends. They were both drummers too so Anna made her little brother teach her Stairway To Heaven and some Nirvana songs on the guitar, Janna learned bass, and Aidee got to stay on the drums (lucky). They quickly realised they were quite shit as a covers band so Anna wrote some of her own songs that they could stuff up as much as they wanted. Handsome Geoffery were great. They won the Rockquest in 1998 and got a Jimi Hendrix stratocaster which they sold through the Rockshop- a move Anna sometimes regrets.

Handsome Geoffery would later dissipate and be reincarnated as Duchess. Jonny Corker took Aidee's place on the drums but she didn't mind because she got to play keyboards, which was pretty amazing. They released a self titled EP in 2005 through Rhythmethod and got 2 video clips out of it for You Buried Me Alive and the new one Raglan City, which you may see on telly from time to time. Duchess are also great but have sort of been on a long term hiatus.

Anna spent most of 2005/2006 on tour with Anika Moa and Bic Runga as a backing singer. She enjoyed this very much but upon her return from a UK tour with Bic Runga found herself twiddling her thumbs in Mt Albert (long story) and feeling a little despondent. This was a sign that the time had come to make some more music. So that's what she's doing. Armed with a brain full of songs she wrote on tour and since and a selection of guitars, she has been recording some demos at home and playing some cracker live shows. She has also been playing drums in Tim Guy and the Tutaes, which features Anika Moa on bass and Madeleine Sami on backing vocals and percussion. They are pretty amazing.

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Releases

Luck/Time
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Cat & Bird
Year: 2011
Type: Album
The Lake
Year: 2008
Type: Album

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