What better way to get to know someone than ask them the first and last time they did… well, a lot of things. We ask Cocknbullkid Anita Blay for a few of her firsts and lasts in preparation for the release of her first album. See what we did there?
Instrument you learnt to play?
First: It was a guitar.
Last: A piano. Or the panpipes actually. I bought some panpipes from a market and I decided to try to learn them. I don’t know why. They’re quite simple but I still haven’t mastered them yet. I don’t know if I can pull it off!
Time you played live?
First:Maybe 2003. So that’s like… nine years ago, at Joe’s Cafe. There were loads of different artists performing. It was when I was part of this studio in North London and we’d put on showcases there.
Last: Last night at Heaven. That was really good. Metronomy were very, very good.
Song you wrote?
First: I think I wrote it with my cousin and my brother when I was about seven, and I think it was called ‘Every Step I Take’. It was awful, obviously.
Last: It was called ‘Don’t Call Me Babe’, for another artist. I’d actually been writing it for Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud.
Time you entered a recording studio?
First: It was about ten years ago, a studio that I ended up working at in North London. I first started recording there, learning how to use equipment and stuff. I was there for about three years.
Last: Last week. I had to do a thing for an advert. A pitch for an advert, I think.
Record that inspired you?
First: I think it was ‘Never Say Never’ by Brandy. I used to love Brandy. I listened to her loads when I was younger. I played that to death. I knew all the words to every song.
Last: Maybe the Beach House album. That’s good. I listened to that loads as well. ‘Teen Dream’, I think it’s called.
Musician you met?
First: It must have been my music teacher at school.
Last: Devlin. I just met him about an hour ago, he was doing an interview.
Gig you went to?
First: When I was younger, I used to enter all of the Capital FM competition things to win tickets to go and see your favourite band. I think I won one to go. It was like a roadshow thing and 5ive were playing and Another Level. Atomic Kitten maybe. So that’s my earliest memory of going to see a live music event.
Last: Last Thursday I went to watch The Shoes. They’re a French duo - they play electronic music. And Man Like Me, they played at XOYO. It was a good night. They’re one of my favourite live bands.
First: With my cousins and my brother at about seven.
Last: It was with The Shoes. They sent me some tracks that I’m going to write to. I’ve started doing some vocals for them.
Format you bought music in?
First: Probably the cassette. Definitely the cassette actually.
Last: An mp3. It was an iTunes download, I think.
Cocknbullkid’s debut album, ‘Adulthood’, will be released in May 2011.
Taken from the April 2011 issue of DIY, available now. For more details click here.