London-based gay singer-songwriter K Anderson creates raw, no-holds-barred music framed in such a way that it feels like a forthright (and much needed) conversation. Like other brave, well-traveled artists before him, Anderson sets himself apart from his peers with an uncommon honesty.
Anderson’s “14 Year Old Me” is a quite vocal apology to to the singer’s younger self. Smoothly listenable, it has been featured several times on BBC6 Music, with host Tom Robinson including it in his personal selection mixtape. Anderson released a music video for “14 Year Old Me,” and the visuals are as human and basic as the message in the single.
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News spoke with Anderson about the life of an artist and the work that goes into such a powerful anthem.
Hometown: I was born in Dumfries, Scotland, but I grew up in Adelaide, Australia.
Single or taken: Very much single
As a singer/songwriter, what does a typical day look like for you?
Wake up, cereal, pick apart the details of my life with a guitar in hand. Ha ha. No, it's a lot more than that. At the moment I am doing a lot of recording, getting ready to share new tunes with the world, so I feel like I'm missing my vitamin D and have forgotten how to socialize properly. But this will all change when I'm back in promo stage, playing gigs and telling the world about my music.
Did you have one “moment” or time in your life when you knew immediately you had to pursue musical passions?
It’s totally lame, but I think that Jem (that old '80s cartoon) was the real reason that I wanted to sing. Of course, in real life it's not as easy as tugging on your earrings and commanding a hologram to do all the work for you, but it can be very cool.
What was the first album you ever bought?
This is a tough one. I bought a lot of singles before I graduated to a full album, so I'm not really sure what my first was. I do remember being slightly obsessed by the first Ace of Base album when it came out. Man, I play that cassette so much!
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?
"A Case Of You" by Joni Mitchell always makes me quiver slightly. Hmmm … I might listen to that now.
Who is the musician/writer/producer you’re dying to work with?
Producer-wise, I'd love to work with Bjorn Yttling from Peter, Bjorn and John, as I love his arrangements and approach to production. Musically, I think I'd have to say Cyndi Lauper - her voice is such a thing of wonder, and I think she'd be pretty fun to work with.
What’s a little piece of trivia we don’t know about you?
I have a birthmark on my right calf.
What would you like to see change in the LGBT community?
I'd like the Ls and Gs and the Bs and the Ts to get along more. Everyone seems to have fallen out, and it'd be nice if there were more spaces where we all came together.
What do you like most about the local LGBT community?
Having said all of that, I think that Social Media has really helped mobilize people, and given them the forum to confidently address and enter in to a dialogue about all the weird and petty things that are happening to LGBT-brethren in other parts of the world. I'm glad people aren't just sitting by apathetic.
What sorts of things do you do to enrich your social life outside of music?
Outside of music I don't really have a life! One of the great things about creating music is that, when performing, it can be a very social thing - talking to the other musicians, talking to audience members, and enjoying other performers. If someone wants to take me out for a drink, though, I am totally up for that!
If you could host a dinner party and invite three people (dead or alive), who would they be and why?
I'm going to cheat by adding one person and invite all four of the Golden Girls. I'd make a vegan cheesecake and we can put the world right one mouthful at a time!
Listen to K Anderson’s music at SoundCloud.
K's music video
K Anderson’s music video for “14 Year Old Me.”