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Anna Mieke: “There’s a barge in Paris I’d like to play on one day. That’d be fun, floating down the canal on the roof”

Anna Mieke‘s debut album ‘Idle Mind’ was one of Ireland’s most successful indie releases last year, a subtle debut with distinctive vocals and a mellow, enchanting backdrop.

Since, she’s been touring internationally, discovering a penchant for playing in unusual spots such as a piano amphitheatre at Edinburgh Fringe, and a puppet theatre.

She’s recently released a video for ‘Warped Window’ from the album, in collaboration with brilliant Irish filmmaker Myles O’Reilly, and is working on a follow-up album with a far dingier tone…

Is it different producing a video for a song that’s been part of your repertoire for quite a while?

I’m not sure! I haven’t produced a video for that many of my songs to be honest, so each time I have done, it’s all been fairly exciting. You’d think that the fact I know Warped Window so well and have played it so many times would make it easier to get in one take but for some reason, when filming the video, I kept messing up the first line and getting the lyrics wrong.

This performance also felt quite different to how I usually play it, as we’d decided last minute to use a saxophone instead of a synth. That, and having an audience of pigeons, sitting and watching from the rafters of the warehouse. They were a rowdy crowd.

How was working with Myles?

Ahhhh Myles is just the easiest of people to work with, as well as being very talented at what he does. He has the ability to just fade into the background, so you forget he’s there at all. He has a brilliant combination of spontaneity and enthusiasm about him, and is a good one for seizing opportunities as they come up. From the get-go, he was enthusiastic about the space I’d found, and also fine with just turning up and seeing how things panned out, without a definite plan.

It’s been a year since the record. Are you pleased with how it’s all worked out, looking back?

Yes! It’s definitely tough, releasing something independently, and no doubt there are contacts and networks that I didn’t have access to as a result, but I’ve also learned a huge amount having done so, and retained all ownership and rights to my record, which feels good.

Financially, it was very hard at times. I went through a period of working 8am- 6pm in two different jobs, and then working at night on music/ album admin. A very, very stressful time, but I had been expecting that and had planned it all out – having an end in sight made it a lot easier and motivating.