Tempelhof Sounds – In conversation with Bow Anderson

Scottish singer-songwriter Bow Anderson wasn’t generally destined to be a singer, but a freak accident drove her into tunes and made her pursue her enthusiasm as a career. Now, Bow has released a number of acclaimed singles – some even went viral on TikTok – and there is no halting her. This weekend, the singer will accomplish at Berlin’s Tempelhof Seems Competition. KALTBLUT caught up with Bow the week just before her display and we had a dialogue about her songwriting method, her TikTok fame and her leg harm, which she obtained on the Workforce GB trampoline crew.

Read the job interview below, as nicely as KALTBLUT’s manual to Tempelhof Sounds below.

KALTBLUT: You’re playing at Tempelhof Sounds currently. What can we be expecting? What’s your exhibit gonna be like?

Bow: There is a lot of new music it is not released yet, which I’m thrilled to participate in. And there are some classics, like my first single “Sweater”, which received me in which I am now. I’m definitely excited. I’m also taking part in “20s”, which is exciting. A large amount of folks have messaged me asking if I’m setting up to enjoy the tune and I was like possibly? Need to I surprise men and women? But yeah, I’m really excited.

KALTBLUT: You’ve just explained you’re participating in a few of new tunes. Do you commonly test out your new tunes stay prior to they’re unveiled?

Bow: I guess so. It is definitely interesting to engage in reside, since at times their favourite song will be something you would not have anticipated. That comes about fairly a large amount, and I’m constantly really shocked. It definitely aids in the direction of preparing what I’m gonna do.

KALTBLUT: Who are you psyched to see at the festival? Are you heading to be there all weekend, or just on Sunday?

Bow: Just on Sunday. Holly Humberstone is taking part in. I’ve liked her given that the starting. She’s excellent. I made use of to be like, oh, bloody hell, have you heard of Holly Humberstone, and no a single knew her, and now she’s blowing up. And I genuinely want to see Griff, she’s bought some sick tunes.

KALTBLUT: Your song “20s” went viral on TikTok. Did you expect that?

Bow: You know I did not prepare to launch “20s”, I just set it on TikTok, just like I commonly place some demos on there occasionally. I uploaded it on Christmas Eve and imagined practically nothing of it. It actually resonated with persons, and I was in denial however considering I wasn’t gonna release the tune, but then I did. I wrote it from a position of feeling a bit pressured in your 20s and trying to do 100 diverse matters. I considered it was only me sensation like that. I  was kind of making use of this as therapy, in a way, to vent, but then I realised that it designed me experience snug since other people felt that way as well. The energy of TikTok is mad, although. I was on tour with Tom Walker, and the sum of people that realized me from TikTok was insane. I’m like a tiny granny too, I’m not that into technological innovation, and I’m wondering, how does this operate? How do these folks know me from TikTok?

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KALTBLUT: Do you experience a lot more pressure now possessing to retain that momentum by releasing far more songs that could do the job nicely on TikTok?

Bow: Often I compose loads of music, place all the things on the net and see what resonates. That is not how it utilised to be. There’s just a great deal of audio, a ton of fantastic songs, too, and you are striving to hold up with the rate, and that’s not why tunes was terrific. 

I’m not that into technology, and I’m pondering, how does this perform? How do these individuals know me from TikTok?

KALTBLUT: “20s” naturally resonates for the reason that it’s also a minimal little bit about the pandemic, I imagine. Do you experience that you now have to regularly launch private songs that resonate with folks to kind of get that momentum? 

Bow: I generally produce from personalized practical experience in any case, I consider it was just really distinct. But I also believe you can not force something, as you really do not know what is likely to resonate. I didn’t publish “20s” contemplating, oh, this is going to seriously resonate with people today and men and women are heading to hear to the lyrics. I just wrote it since I was really pressured to get it out on paper. I assume as prolonged as you’re legitimate to yourself, you are owning fun, and you create from a actual position, individuals will see that. But it’s also just about trying not to believe about it too a lot for the reason that as a artistic man or woman, as before long as you overthink it, you are not having enjoyment, and it ruins any kind of very good new music because you are in your head.

KALTBLUT: And as you previously reported, your tracks are very own. How does it sense to set every little thing out there? I imagine it is like placing your diary out there in the planet.

Bow: It is a bit terrifying, but I handle it like when it is not out, it’s mine, and it is for me. But, as shortly as it is out in the earth, I experience like it is not mine anymore, but it’s for other men and women. I hope it tends to make other persons sense excellent or consolation in whichever sense. It’s theirs now.

I consider as lengthy as you’re genuine to by yourself, you are getting exciting, and you produce from a actual place, people will see that. But it is also just about making an attempt not to believe about it way too significantly because as a inventive individual, as shortly as you overthink it, you’re not having enjoyment, and it ruins any variety of superior songs because you’re in your head.

KALTBLUT: What I locate intriguing when listening to your music is that there’s these kinds of a large pool of genres that appear to impact your audio. Is that on goal, or does that occur organically?

Bow: I’d say it is a little bit of each. I love soul music, and my melodies can be pretty soulful at situations just simply because I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and even Bruno Mars, he’s the fashionable-day soul-funk man. I grew up on a large amount of that. So the melodies naturally occur like that. I also like Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, and Prospect the Rapper. I appreciate Gospel audio, Hip Hop and Pop. It the natural way comes together, and I just experiment and have pleasurable striving distinct matters.

KALTBLUT: Can you wander me by means of your songwriting approach?

Bow: I never actually have a specific construction. But fairly typically I’ll get principles or title thoughts when I’m doing a thing definitely random. I’ve been doing a spin class right before, they enjoy songs and I’ve been like, oh, that’d be a definitely great concept. I’ll publish them all in my notes. And at times, when I’m out and about and music’s playing with chord progressions, it triggers melodies, and I just voice be aware every little thing. When I go into the session, relying on how I’m emotion that day, I’ll feel about what I want to create about, I’ll from time to time look at principles or even a melody, and it just goes from there.

KALTBLUT: Your audio blew up appropriate in the pandemic, so there were being certainly no reside displays. What does it really feel like for you now that there is live reveals again?

Bow: Sure, it was odd. Through lockdown, I was sitting in my bedroom, and all these terrific issues ended up going on and I assumed this is the norm, this is how this performs. Then of course when we came out of lockdown, I realised that you get to do gigs, Television shows and all these options. I really like it. I know some artists really do not love the dwell-facet, which is absolutely understandable as effectively, but I adore it. I’m conference so many new persons and acquiring to see so several new locations and cities when taking part in music. Also, my band are my most effective mates, it’s just so enjoyment. I adore each individual section of it.

KALTBLUT: You had a really tragic incident when trampolining. Did that accident drive you more in the direction of songs?

Bow: 100%. It is funny. It sounds as if I was just in my backyard on the trampoline. I went to a performance college and did dancing, acting and singing and naturally since I was really poorly wounded, I could not dance. They explained to me to appear to sing, and that inspired me. I imagine which is when I found my voice. I fell in love with tunes. It was all I assumed about and all I needed to do. It was the only matter that felt proper. I believe that everything takes place for a purpose, and it was a tragic and awful injury, and I was in a genuinely darkish area, but it led me to something diverse.

KALTBLUT: Do you imagine your competitive sporting activities background has helped you in your audio vocation?

Bow: I assume so. I’ve often been quite bold, and I under no circumstances required to do one thing “normal”, I really don’t know why. It certainly designed me stronger. You have to have tough pores and skin in this market. 

KALTBLUT: What is subsequent for you now? Are you focusing on live demonstrates, or are you operating on new tunes?

Bow: I’m executing pretty a great deal of both, in fact. I have acquired really a great deal of festivals in the summer season, and there will be some new songs coming out, far too. I’m executing a whole lot of crafting at the moment.

KALTBLUT: How does that do the job when you are on the street?
Bow: It’s a wonderful improve. If I was in the studio just about every one working day, I consider I’d go a bit ridiculous. It’s pretty great to escape it, engage in stay and do something distinct. It triggers ideas and refreshes your mind.

Bow Anderson will be participating in on Sunday, 12th June from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM at Tempelhof Sound’s Echo Stage.

Follow @bowanderson on Instagram to hold up to day on her most recent releases and reveals.
Cover photo by Annie Reid.


Johanna Urbancik is the host of the On The Ground podcast, in collaboration with KALTBLUT and Refuge Worldwide. Pay attention to the podcast below.

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