For the release of her “Hard As Hello” EP in early 2014, Kimberly Anne held a release party at London’s Social. Such was the demand from the hundreds stuck outside, that she had to perform twice on the same night to ensure everyone went home happy. It’s the personal touch that makes Kimberly stand out, not only as a person, but in her music.
Following the release of her “Liar” EP in August 2014, Kimberly spoke to Wriggy about her latest release and her plans for the future.
It’s no secret that Kimberly had an unconventional way of getting into music, as she explains: “Originally, I wrote poetry and I performed it at poetry nights in South London. I was learning the keyboard at the same time, so I’d take my keyboard along, play some chords and sing a few repetitive lines in the middle.
“One day, someone sort of tapped me on the shoulder and was like: ‘Do you reckon that you’re just a singer-songwriter?’ I was like: ‘Oh, yeah.’ It wasn’t the most natural thing at the beginning because I thought I was just a poet and an actress, but I got into telling stories through music.”
Throughout her music, Kimberly Anne has had a DIY approach, using items and furniture that she found around the house as instruments: “At first, I didn’t have a drum kit and I couldn’t get my hands on one. In my initial demos, they were actually quite DIY, as I was recording with IKEA tables and stuff.
“What I found from going through that process was that I couldn’t replicate some of those sounds in the studio. They just didn’t sound the same, so we kept in some of the quirkiness. It got me excited and it put me in a bit of an experimental sort of journey.”
She continued: “On one of my singles called ‘Hard As Hello’, we have a two second sample of a SEGA Megadrive Sonic game. On ‘Liar’, a lot of the drum fills are actually my drummer playing on an empty water cooler bottle. We like to have a bit of fun in the studio. I think that’s the way it should be.”
“Liar” is the lead single from the EP of the same name, which was released on August 22nd, 2014. Kimberly describes the EP as “a musical playground”. “I got the opportunity to work with some really cool producer”, she explains, “It was a good chance for me to explore where I wanted to take my music before putting the album out. It was a chance for me to show people a reflection of what the album’s going to sound like.”
One of the tracks on the EP, “Almost On My Feet”, was written and produced within four hours using a home demo set-up: “I don’t normally write like that, but it’s actually been really valuable. It taught me to just accept what happens in the moment and to not always try and achieve perfection.”
Speaking about her forthcoming debut album, which is set to be released in the first half of 2015, Kimberly said that she hopes “people feel like they’ve heard a girl’s honest story. I just want it to be a genuine record.
“I’m an acoustic pop artist with a dash of indie for good measure and I hope I successfully get across an album that is a little bit more adventurous. I want it to be more exciting than just a straight singer-songwriter, girl with her guitar record. That’s definitely not all that I am.”
Prior to the release of her album (apart from “learning how to cook”), Kimberly is releasing a number of collaboration tracks. While she is playing her cards close to her chest, she did reveal that she has teamed up with D/C (Dan Caplen) – a fellow South Londoner who recently joined Kimberly on stage at her London headline show.
She explained: “The whole point of the collaborations process was that I wanted to go work with people that I’ve just known about for the last couple of years and that I’ve really been feeling. I just want to get in a room with them and just make something. D/C is just brilliant and I think he’s going to do so well. I just had to be in a room with him. I wanted to see what we created.”
She added: “The rest of the collabs are quite different, so they’re not all in that realm. D/C’s quite soul/electronic, but there’s a vast range of genres that are going to be involved.”
Kimberly Anne’s “Liar” EP is out now on Polydor Records. Catch her on the Communion New Faces tour, which commences in November.