#08. Ten Questions With… Sharon Van Etten

Sharon first came to my attention through just looking through the instores that are taking place in record shops. After Anika from AnikaInLondon has mentioned Sharon on her blog I will go to check her out.

Sharon who comes from Brooklyn has some brilliant folkish songs and she has an amazing voice.

Sharon has currently embarked on a 6 date tour of the UK which will end this saturday at The Borderline in London.

I was delighted when Sharon kindly took the time to answer the 10 questions:

Q 01. What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?

a piano. i got lost under it in the house i grew up in in nutley,
new jersey.

Q 02. What was your favourite gig you have headlined or supported at?

it has been tied between three. Meg Biard, Beirut, and Great Lake Swimmers. All beautiful people all amazing people i played for as support and have learned so much from.

Q 03. If you were to collaborate with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Vashti Bunyan. I dream of singing with her one day – and Sibylle Baier… Also Jessica Larrabee from She Keeps Bees… and Leah Hates of Scary Mansion… and Diane Cluck – my favorite singer of all time.

Q 04. Favourite song to sing live and why?

That changes. But I guess it is the song Keep – my father’s favorite song. I sing it to him every night whether or not he is there. The tough part is when he is there, he is usually sitting right up front and I can see him tearing up…

Q 05. Favourite music venue and why?

Zebulon (in Brooklyn) because they were the first to take me under there wing and ask me back and consistently. Total lovers of music (of all kinds) and no pretention. That is so hard to find in new york. Beautiful people.

Q 06. Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?

Really it is all about the people in my life. Usually have to do with lovers, whether they be mine or a friends or a character in a movie or novel – sometimes i write about things i should’ve done…. but I guess they’re all love songs. I am an utter romantic at heart…

Q 07. Describe your music in 3 words?

sad prairie folk

Q 08. What tips do you offer to any one wanting to become a singer or start a band?

trust yourself, be honest in your writing, and let everything around you inspire you

Q 09. Who is your favourite singer or band at the moment?

Diane Cluck

Q 10. Goals for the year?

Be a better writer.
Have more patience.
Learn how to relax.

To hear music by Sharon go to: www.myspace.com/sharonvanetten

To go to her Official Site go to: www.sharonvanetten.com

Sharon releases debut album Because I Was In Love 1st June 2009

If you want to catch Sharon on tour here are her forthcoming dates:

20/05/09 @ The Cluny w/ Great Lake Swimmers – Newcastle
21/05/09 @ Twisted Wheel w/ Great Lake Swimmers – Glasgow
22/05/09 @ Glee Club w/ Great Lake Swimmers – Birmingham
23/05/09 @ Rough Trade East (FREE ENTRY) – London
23/05/09 @ Borderline w/ Great Lake Swimmers – London
11/06/09 @ Northside Music Fest – at Union Pool – L Magazine Showcase – Brooklyn
12/06/09 @ 92Y Tribeca w/ Stars Like Fleas, Twi the Humble Feather – New York
16/06/09 @ Mercury Lounge w/ Laura Gibson – New York
03/07/09 @ Sycamore – Brooklyn
16/07/09 @ Monkeytown w/ Speck Mountain – Brooklyn
14/08/09 @ Union Hall w/ Alela Diane – Brooklyn


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