Interview: cocknbullkid

By on Wednesday, 10th November 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Roll up, there’s a new artist to be on the look out for, and she goes by the name of cocknbullkid. She’s also known as Anita Blay, a 25-year-old from Hackney and will be making some pretty significant splashes in the months to come. She’s on tour with Marina and the Diamonds and Kele right now, if that tells you anything. Plus, her highly anticipated album ‘Adulthood’ will be coming out soon too. But read below and find out for yourself of why she’s one of the coolest artists coming out of the UK these days.

First off, you’ve got a new single coming out soon called ‘One Eye Closed’. Can you give us a little background on what that’s about and where/when it was recorded?
I recorded it in Manchester with a guy called Joe Cross, who also did the Hurts stuff. [Editor’s note: Cross is also 1/3 of Performance.] It’s about a boy I was a little bit obsessed with. It was my way of saying we’ll be together eventually – I’m aware this sounds slightly stalkerish. We’re good mates now and I don’t feel as manic about it.

It’s funny because Joe and I spent ages trying to get something we were excited about and nothing was coming. Mentally, I had ‘given up’ and thought, “Oh, I’ll just write something and pitch it to a girlband”, and then the song sort of wrote itself really quickly. It’s not how I usually approach things but I love seeing what results you can get by just changing your methods a little.

Secondly, you’ll be supporting superb acts like Kele and Marina and the Diamonds on an
upcoming tour, how do you feel about that? Are you a fan of both artists?

Yeah, definitely. I knew Marina from a few years back when it was just kicking off for her so it’s great to be back doing this together. I think she’s a good pop artist, she’s great live and I like that she has an agenda. I think artists should always have one. I really like the tracks Kele has released, especially ‘Everything You Wanted’. Really love the sparse production on that one. Will be excited to see what the live set up is like.

You recently dropped the pronoun of your name. Can you tell us how you came up with name of cocknbullkid in the first place?
It was a tongue in cheek way of calling myself a bullshitter. All my favourite songwriters were always storytellers. The lines fact and fiction became blurred, and I always liked that. In a lot of my earlier stuff, the songs were quite narrative led.

How would you describe the musical transition of your work? What, if anything, do people need to know about your sound before listening?
The transition I guess was just learning how to write a pop tune- and I’m still learning. I’m fascinated and have become quite obsessed with writing the perfect pop song, it’s the sort of thing that keeps me wanting to write more and more. It takes discipline and a good ear to write a good pop tune.

The album has a sound, but it pulls from loads of different places. I’m not sure if there’s much people need to know before they hear it, it’s important to know what people feel after they’ve heard it.

Can you provide us a little information on what your upcoming album ‘Adulthood’ is about?
Literally it dates back from when I first began writing till now. It feels quite apt that it’s being released in the year I am 25. The time where I’m officially ‘adult’ out of that grey, ‘not a girl not yet a woman’ period. I have always found the concept of adulthood a curious one because you don’t know how to feel or how you’re meant to feel just because you pay taxes now and are legally allowed to drive a car. It’s about perception, isn’t it? In many ways I know I’m different from the 15-year old angsty teen I was 10 years ago but in many ways I feel exactly the same.

Finally, what kind of plans do you have before the album is released this spring?
Complete the Marina and the Diamonds and Kele tour. Do my first headline show in London on December 6th at XOYO, hopefully we’ll do a few more headline shows around the UK. Shoot the video for the second single ‘Hold On to Your Misery’, then the album….

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