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An interview with Kerry Andrew

Are there any composing/musical projects that you’re particularly looking forward to? 
I’m really hoping to get stuck into making a second album in my alt-folk You Are Wolf guise in 2017, with the theme of freshwater and British folklore… 

Do you have a particular process that you follow in composing? Are you systematic or sporadic?! 
I splurge ideas, working from the words if I’m setting a text. This usually involves sketching and doodling and making pretty plans on paper. Then it’s a mix of singing and improvising parts into Logic, refining them as I go, handwriting everything and finally whacking it on Sibelius. I work best in the mornings, and womanfully try and keep the internet off until lunchtime.

Are there any artists you particularly admire?
Plenty. Usually the ones who have several strings to their bow, who are constantly exploring and working in several media. Meredith Monk, Bjork, Laurie Anderson, Camille, tUnE-yArDs, Damon Albarn, Tom Waits and others. 

Which composer, alive or dead, would you most like to talk to, and why?
Aside from any of the above, I think I would like to hang out with Olivier Messaien, though I think I would probably bug him by being so excited.

What styles/genres of music do you most enjoy composing for?
Everything bleeds into one for me. I’m most interested in experimental vocal music, traditional music, community music, experimental pop and theatre.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am trying to use a lot of my spare time to write a second novel, as the first now has a publication date! Otherwise, you’ll usually find me in Brockwell Lido in South London, swimming in freezing water throughout the year and attempting to recover in the sauna afterwards.