Wed 30 May 2018

In Conversation: Anna Meredith & Lonelady

Wed 30 May 2018
18.45 - 20.30
River Rooms
New Wing

Bi monthly in conversation series profiling the work and influences of Somerset House Studio artists. For the third instalment, composer and performer Anna Meredith speaks with Warp records artist and Studio neighbour Lonelady.

One classically trained, the other an art school graduate inspired by industrial landscapes, Anna Meredith and Julie Campbell (Lonelady) share an unexpected talent for crafting danceable, experimental pop music.

Anna Meredith is as recognised for her work outside of the conventional concert hall as she is for her Proms, composing for park benches, beatboxers or, notably, massed body-percussion, with her award winning piece ‘Handsfree’. Her debut album Varmints has been described as electronic dance music, techno and avant pop in equal measures, garnering the coveted Pitchform Album of Week upon it’s release. Studio neighbour Julie is based within a former navy rifle range within the Studios complex, unusual, dilapidated spaces and landscapes inspiring and providing the recording location for much of her music. Her critically acclaimed second album Hinterland moved beyond the post-punk sound of her debut to explore more funk and dance-inspired grooves, earning her a Sky Arts nomination for Best Breakthrough Artist.

In 2016, Anna asked Julie to remix a single from her debut album Varmints and shortly after, Julie relocated to London to join Somerset House Studios.  In conversation with Studio’s Director Marie McPartlin, they discuss their careers, influences and daily life as part of the wider artistic community.