London-based singer-songwriter Anna B Savage released her new single, Dead Pursuits, last month. We ask her the BIG questions. 

Tell us three things about yourself?
The only thing I have ever wanted to do is sing - both my parents are professional classical singers.

The thing I'm most proud of is that when I was 26 I taught myself to whistle with my fingers in my mouth. It was my New Year's resolution for two years running. 

I have a blue mole on my face which appeared when I was 13. It's called a blue nevus. According to some people, that makes me a witch. I'll let you make your mind up.

How would you describe your music?
Meandering, melancholic, introspective, cheeky, feminist indie with an operatic twist. 

Who are your musical inspirations?
Oooof - just a small question there!

Ella Fitzgerald is my ultimate voice in the world. She's so effortlessly playful and on point, warm, engaging, cheeky, ugh... I could listen to her forever. Nat King Cole and The Beatles were the other things that were played all the time when I was a kid growing up. Them and, of course, BBC Radio 3 - classical singing parents.

As for me, discovering Owen Pallett was a huge moment too. His ability to weave in the classical elements and just his prowess with pop sensibilities left, and continues to leave, me breathless.

Nick Drake was huge for me as a teenager; I'd go to sleep listening to Pink Moon every night. Also, Stevie Wonder, who was my sister's favourite ever; and my sister is my favourite ever, so I'd listen to anything she did. As a result - lots of Stevie.

DM Stith was huge for me just after I left school. Again, it was that classical/indie/pop crossover thing that had me. My first ever time in a studio he was my main reference and our mantra was 'What would DM Stith do?'.

My most recent musical heroes: Ariana Grande, who I loved around Sweetener time. I saw her hosting the One Love concert and where previously I'd written her off as a pop star who I wasn't into, I suddenly saw a huge heart, loads of poise. Watched loads of YouTube videos of her - she's funny too. Sweetener and Dangerous Woman are huge albums for me.

Around the same time I went to see Moses Sumney, having been listening to his album on repeat. OH MY WORD. That voice! That ability! The runs, the joy, the worlds he creates! I saw him in London and it was the first time in my adult life I've felt like a teenager at a gig again. I had full-on goosebumps and I was buoyed for days after having seen him. Truly a gem.

Also, Mitski - Nobody is the most perfect pop song. It's so ******* complicated and it sounds so easy, and it's so ******* sad and it sounds like such a banger. She's a true master. I'm listening to the new Perfume Genius record at the moment and it's blowing my mind.

 

How have you been occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
Looking at birds out my window, mainly. Also reading a lot. 

What's your favourite song right now?
Bonzo by Meadow Meadow. 

Favourite lyric of all time?
"Baby, I'm hot just like an oven, I need your lovin'" - Marvin Gaye, Sexual Healing.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Millionaire - Kelis & André 3000.

Where can people find your music/more information?
I'm on all the social medias @annabsavage and I'm most active by far on Instagram. My website is www.annabsavage.com. My newest release came out in June on City Slang. It's called Dead Pursuits and hot damn: the video for it is incredible.