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07-01-2013 // interviews, 2012: 2012: Interview with Elenne May

The year 2012 is coming to an end (actually it ended a week ago, but I'm sticking with the intro..). It is that time of the year for Christmas carols, buying presents for our loved ones and reflecting on the year that (almost) lies behind us. For us music bloggers it also means writing year lists, pretending our opinions matter to the world. Which of course, they do not, but even bloggers have dreams. These last few weeks I’ve asked several of my favorite artists of 2012 to look back on what this year has brought them. For their own musical careers, but also about the music they’ve enjoyed themselves and, if any, what their plans for 2013 are. These are their stories (yes, I did just quote the A-Team intro).

My favorite Dutch release of the year is Elenne May’s debut album Misleadingly Soft. Her beautiful voice and great songs are a ‘one of a kind’-combination. Misleadingly Soft is suitable for any moment of the day, exceptionally fine by day, perfection by night. Just sitting in the dark, staring at the walls, taking in this album is among the best things I’ve done in 2012. Elenne May has answered the same 6 questions all the others did, read about her year & future plans here. While you listen to her fine voice, fine songs & be sure to check out the rest of the album.

1. If you had to name one moment, what would you consider the highlight of 2012?
Performing at Paradiso for the semi-finals of the Amsterdamse Popprijs, the Misleadingly Soft release of course and also, performing at NachteGiel on 3fm was very special.
I’ve had such a wonderful year, there were so many beautiful moments!

2. What are doing at the moment (November 2012)?
Well my debut album “Misleadingly Soft” has officially been released on the 15th of November in the Sugarfactory. This was something I’d been looking forward to and working towards for a long time. Right now I’m enjoying everybody’s reactions, talking to people about my work, hoping that it will spread and hang over the air as music should. I would like it to be part of a chain in people’s lives, the chain of memories and comfort. A link in the chain of music, part of the food chain, I hope she gets a fighting chance, room to grow and room to communicate.

3. Which great band/artist did you discover yourself in 2012?
I rediscovered PJ Harvey, her latest release is so different to all her other work. It’s so destructive and positive at the same time. A protest to her country and to each and every human being. An album about land and love, soldiers and dancers, beautiful!

4. What's your favourite album released this year?
“Let England Shake” by PJ Harvey

5. How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?
Out in the woods, away from all the fireworks, breathing in forest air, recollecting healthy and wise energy for a new year to come.

6. What are your plans for 2013?
To play lots of shows, my own shows, from living rooms to stages and café’s but hopefully also in collaboration with other Singer/songwriters and bands. I love working together with inspirational and creative people. I can’t wait for 2013!

Thank you Elenne May for your answers. You are on my “must-see-live”-list for 2013. Shouldn’t be too hard, and maybe that’ll even happen in my own living room (Elenne is doing living-room-concerts, sign up via her website).

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