Interview: singer-songwriter Anna Calvi on Nick Cave, the NHS and karaokephobia

Interview: singer-songwriter Anna Calvi on Nick Cave, the NHS and karaokephobia

First record you ever bought
Aladdin Sane by David Bowie.

Last extravagant purchase you made
A U67 vocal mic.

First film you saw that really moved you
Bambi when I was five.

Last lie you told
I don't remember.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Romeo and Juliet.

Last time you cried
A week ago.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Hide under the covers.

Last great meal you cooked
I don't really know how to cook great meals.

First crush
River Phoenix.

Last book you read
Rites of Spring: The Great War and the Birth of the Modern Age by Modris Eksteins.

First great piece of advice you were given
My parents taught me how to listen.

Last time you were starstruck
Probably when Nick Cave picked me up and twirled me round.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
I'd start with the NHS.

Last meal on earth: what would it be
Pasta with tomato sauce and vegetables, followed by apple crumble and ice cream.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
I have never, and will never, sing at a karaoke. It would terrify me!

Last time you exploited your position to get something
I only do that if I need new clothes.

First time you realised you were famous
I don't really feel famous

Last time someone criticised your work
I don't read about myself online

First three words your friends would use to describe you
I asked one of my friends and she said ‘caring, funny and thoughtful’.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
I bought a silk shirt for a lot of money even though I knew it was much too big for me.

First concert you ever attended
Silverchair when I was 14.

Last time you bought someone flowers
My mother on her birthday.

First object you’d save from your burning home
My guitar.

First job
Working in a teddy bear shop.

Last person you fantasised about
It's not really a fantasy if you say it out loud.

First word you spoke

Last crime you committed
I stole an orange from a supermarket when I was ten.

First song at your (potential) wedding
I don't think I believe in marriage. 

Last song at your funeral
’Holy Holy’ by David Bowie.

First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
Probably my father.

Last thing you recommended to someone
I recommended a fellow musician that they should get a baritone guitar, because they sound amazing.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
I try to remember my dreams.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
I have insomnia quite often, so usually I'm counting down from 500 to try and help me fall asleep.

Anna Calvi plays The Arches, Glasgow, Wed 5 Feb.

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Anna Calvi

Alternative rock from the London-based singer-songwriter.

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