Creative process pays off for Coddington

TARYN UTIGER AND FAIRFAX
Last updated 15:12 26/09/2013
Naked and Famous
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: Anna Coddington has a new single out and plays the Playhouse tomorrow night.

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New Zealand musician Anna Coddington is about to become a mother, but before that happens she is hitting the road for a tour of New Zealand, celebrating new single Make You Mine.

Coddington will be playing at The Playhouse tomorrow night, joined by Mike Hall. It will doubtless be the last time for a while; she gives birth in December.

"I'm having a baby, so it's kind of like I am taking him on tour with me," she says. "He's there and he's definitely listening."

However, she says she'll be back "at some stage" for another tour. "But I've got to be mum first, so now is the perfect timing."

Coddington describes her music as well-crafted melodic, textural and beat-based pop, and is a firm favourite around the country for her intimate shows.

For this tour, she's bringing a drum loop set-up with her, part of her focus on diversifying her musical talents and becoming a better songwriter.

"I've really made the effort to get better at my craft. I've put a lot of work into practising my song-writing skills, my singing and my guitar."

That focus has resulted in a number of new songs. "I've been trying really hard as a songwriter to experiment with the process of creating," she says. "I used to just write from the guitar and start that way, but I decided to try different ways. Sometimes I sit down with a drum beat and start the process from there. Sometimes it's the bass.

"I used to think that everyone wrote a song in the same way. But everyone does it differently and it's really good to experiment and see what differences come from that."

Whatever Coddington has been doing has worked - she has just been nominated for the prestigious Silver Scroll Award.

"I've always looked up to that award as ‘The One'," she says. "It's not a commercial award based on album sales or anything, and that's good for a musician like me. It's about singing and songwriting. It's great timing for my tour too."

Her 11-stop tour showcases electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drum machines and vocal harmonies. Concerts will feature tracks not yet released, alongside some new versions of old favourites.

"I'm really proud of the progress I have made as a musician in the last few years."

  • Anna Coddington, The Playhouse Cafe, September 27, 8pm. Dinner from 6pm. Tickets $20 from undertheradar.co.nz

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