Annie & The Make Believe are a London based folk/pop band playing sweet, heartfelt music that will have you tapping your feet. The band has been achieving success after success, with tracks gaining airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 and BBC Introducing London to name a few. Their debut EP Let’s Get Together Again consists of a dreamy five songs all filled will their individual sweet charm. Safe to say it’s been a string of highs for Annie & The Make Believe as of late!
They’ve just finished one of our favourite tours here at The Music Site, The Coffee House Sessions. Annie sat down with us to catch us up on their first Coffee House Sessions tour and what they’re up to for the rest of the year.
How was it to be on the Coffee House Tour, what’s been your favourite moment?
The Coffee House Tour was so much fun. It was great being on the road travelling around the country and playing music everyday. We really enjoyed playing at Bath Spa. The people were really lovely and Bath is beautiful.
How did Annie & The Make Believe come about?
I had been writing songs for awhile and always wanted to start a band. When I moved to London I started playing solo around the open mic circuit, and then met the guys. We started playing together as a band in 2015. In the beginning the band members kept changing, and so The Make Believe name came about.
You guys are based in London, such a fantastic music scene, what venues or gigs have you loved so far in your career?
London does have a fantastic music scene, with so many cool venues. I’ve loved playing at The Finsbury. We played our EP launch here and Single launch. It’s always buzzing and has so many great bands on.
How has this tour been different to your other shows?
I’ve never played so many gigs over 2 weeks! It was so cool to be playing to many different audiences around the country and to get involved with their media interviews. And the snow! Wow, I have never experienced that before. Driving through it was interesting…
What music have you been listening to on the road?
We made a playlist for the road. It’s got some Angus & Julia Stone, Cardigans, Fleetwood Mac and First Aid Kit on there. You can listen to it here.
And what music, or what things, do you draw your inspirations from?
I usually write from a feeling or thought that pops into my head. Lyrics always come first for me. I’ll then starting playing on my keyboard or ukulele and create something for there. I write from experiences in my own life and from people I have met. I’ve been inspired by many artists along the way, but I’d have to say the top ones would be Fleetwood Mac (which my Dad played all the time), The Cardigans, Angus and Julia Stone and First Aid Kit.
What’s after the Coffee House Tour for you?
I’m having a little time off at the moment to focus on writing some new songs! Then it will be back to the studio to start recording. We will be playing at Camper Calling on August bank holiday too!
Keep up with Annie & The Make Believe here. Watch the video for ‘Let’s Get Together Again’ below: