Ones to Watch: Annie Rew Shaw
“A stunning performer and an incredible vocalist” – James Santer, BBC Introducing
I couldn't said it any better myself. This week's Ones to Watch is talented Hiive member Annie Rew Shaw. We caught up with Annie to hear all about her story and future creative ambitions.
Can you introduce yourself and your creative work/interests?
Hey! I'm Annie – a musician, writer and artist from Devon, based in North London.
I moved to the city just after turning 19 and quickly became involved in lots of different musical projects and collaborations, including 3 UK tours and performances at Glastonbury Festival.
I find creative inspiration in all aspects of life, but am particularly drawn to the complexities of human emotion and interaction. These themes arise in all of my work – from songs and poems to illustrations and photography.
What are you currently working on?
This year, I'm releasing new music under the name Austel – a brand new project that I've been working on with my friend, co-writer and producer, Adam Stark (mi.mu gloves, Rumour Cubes). Austel merges wistful, thought-provoking songwriting with haunting soundscapes to create an immersive, ethereal experience.
I'm also currently performing with bands Munro Fox and Lyla Foy, running a live music night called Live at the Picturehouse in Crouch End and contributing poetry and artwork to social enterprise Fearless Femme.
I've recently started writing for brand new online magazine Women's Music News, which is a brilliant project and draws attention to issues that I'm really passionate about.
What are your future creative ambitions?
I love creating music in all styles and genres and want to continue experimenting with and exploring different sonic landscapes.
Songwriting is a core element of who I am, but I'm also keen to push my own boundaries and learn more about music production and writing in alternative forms. My long-term dream is to build my own studio; somewhere to escape to but also share with other musicians and creative souls.
Another goal of mine is to create an immersive exhibition that combines different media - sculpture, poetry, music, technology - that displays physical interpretations of mental health and human emotion. It's something I'm slowly building in my head – I've got lots of ideas!
What advice would you give people aspiring to work in a similar creative field?
Keep going. There are so many obstacles to face, not least those in your own head, but believe in what you do and your creative vision. I thought I was ready to release a record when I was 16, but I'm glad I didn't, because I've needed the years of experience, challenges and personal growth to find a voice that I recognise as my own. Good work takes time.
Listen to your peers and mentors, and never stop asking questions. There is always more to learn.
Be kind to yourself. The road may look dark sometimes, but there's often light around the corner. You just have to keep walking.