Anna Silvers Music

Can you tell us a little bit about who you are?

I’m Anna Silvers and I’m a musician from Shropshire / Telford / Wolverhampton, but my family is actually originally from Liverpool so I’ve kind of come back to my roots by going to live there now. I love it.

Liverpool has Billy Fury and The Beatles but then you’ve got other bands like The Wombats and people like that have also come out of Liverpool. I’m really excited to be living here.

What’s your story?

I’ve always loved performing, when I was younger, I used to dance around and dress up with my granddad, it probably wasn’t as fun for him as it was for me. I remember going on car trips to the caravan in Wales since we used to go there quite a lot and the whole way there, I’d make them play “In the Jungle” on repeat. So, they probably don’t love me for that either, but I feel that was when my interest started and how I became so creative. My grandparents were always so creative and thinking of new things to keep me entertained.

As I got older, I couldn’t see them as much because my mum used to live in Wolverhampton but we moved to Telford. I used to get quite bored because it went from having that creativity around me all the time with dressing up and stuff; to going to Telford where it’s just me and my mum.

She started dating my stepdad who taught me bits of keyboard and he gave me a guitar with plastic strings. And I thought, “I’m going to learn this, but the best way to learn it is probably not to look at covers. I should probably write my own stuff.”

So, I remember getting a book and looking at how the chords are made, trying them and writing them down, and then just writing my own little songs when I was about 16.

That’s how it all started, I didn’t feel too confident with it and I was just doing it to entertain myself. Then I went more into the acting route and I did Performing Arts at Shrewsbury College. I was in a few musicals and I think that helped me gain the confidence to then go back to the music, which was what I really wanted to do. A special mention to Cameron Williams (bass) and David Griffiths (keys) for supporting me as I started getting going more, which really helped push and give me the confidence to get gigs.

I’ve come to Liverpool now to study because I want to write songs and get messages through to people. Not like music therapy but on a broader scope. I’ve seen how it can connect with people. From doing gigs and different experiences, I’ve personally felt touched and I now carry that forward.

And so that’s what I really want to focus on.

Could you summarise your ‘message’ in a word or in a sentence?

I would say, it’s a bit cliche, but I’d say “enjoy life”. I know being here now, I’m enjoying life and I feel so much more relaxed even though I’ve got a pile of work to do and I feel so much more creative and I’m finding my purpose.

Whereas when I was at home, worrying about the future and stressing about if people are going to like my songs and stuff and this, that and the other; I wasn’t enjoying life. And now I am. It’s all just fitting in.

What do you specialise in and what motivates and inspires you?

One experience that always stays with me. I’ve told this before when I was on BBC Shropshire, but I just loved this story because I carry it with me.

I remember going to this one gig and I’m an overthinker, I was panicking about my set wondering “Are they going to like it? Will they like me? Will they like my stuff”. Something in my gut or from above was telling me to put one of my early originals called “Isn’t Real” in. So, I put it in and as I was playing it, I remember thinking “Are they bored? They’re not going to like it”, and overthinking.

But when I finished, there was this one woman. I went over to speak to her because she was crying and I found out she got cancer. She said that she needed to hear that song and at that moment; I realised it doesn’t matter if the room is filled with people and no one’s listening because it connected with that one person and she needed to hear that.

I try not to overthink now and follow my gut. I want the messages to relate to different sets of people.

I love the 60s and stuff like that and I kind of want things to go back to how they used to be. It’s very much welcoming and everyone is really excited to see each other and happy and pumping each other up. This is the message I want to hear for myself and for the world.

The way the world is, because of all the stresses and everything, people don’t have time to listen to you or your stuff or they get really bogged down in their own stuff and they can’t see forward and they can’t have fun anymore.

And it’s all just work and then. So, I’m really lucky doing this because I can turn what I love into work. I just loved that vibe. Or like the 60s or everyone is just up and going and having fun and encouraging each other, and I think it’s very different to like today’s vibe where everyone is focused on work.

What would you say ‘lights the creative fire’ in you?

It’s different things at different times. Going to gigs and seeing other people, inspire and motivate me. But then that also has the opposite effect because I need to listen to my own advice to just chill, live my life and not panic about getting there. It’s a fine balance…

But it inspires me to get that message out.

I’m absolutely in love with my cats. I took a cat in off the street and she had five kittens which I was really happy about, but my mum wasn’t. We kept some, my aunt had some and I got to basically watch them grow up. When the kittens came out, I had to pick my cat and I just instantly knew. I felt a connection and I was like “That one”.

One time, he broke his leg and we had to be isolated in a room together for 5 weeks whilst I helped nurse him back to health. I took him out in the mornings as he got better on a little lead, which is fun. And so, I feel really connected with him, but I also feel the responsibility to look after him and that motivates me. It’s like having a kid, but fluffy.

Other people around me as well. I’m currently sharing a flat with two other girls and one is called Danita. She does production and R&B music. I wanted to collaborate with her because she’s really good. I decided, OK, I’m going to look at that because her songs are cool. So, I looked at an R&B track and I tried to do one in a similar style.

So, I think exploring working with other people and pushing your comfort zone.

What’s your dream?

I’d like to do the performance and everything, but I think songwriting is the most important to me. I’d love to be able to get my songs out on a global scale and for people to hear them and get the messages from them. Not just hear them but to listen to them.

I’d love that. It’s going to be hard work but I think it’s going to pay off.

My mate, Lorna, goes to Leicester and she’s doing a film course. She’s got me to write a song for one of her projects. She’s putting the song with the film.

She’s written a script for it, but then she’s also going to give it to the art department and get the art department to do something to go with it and her whole concept is “art inspires art”.

And I think that’s really important and I want to get the message “Don’t doubt yourself” through. Like I was doing when I did that gig because you could be inspiring a whole new generation and helping them find what they love as well. So even if you think “it’s not that good”, it’s still clearing stuff out of you and it will be inspiring and important for somebody else.

How did you overcome challenges on your journey?

The main challenge is the one I set for myself because I’m quite a perfectionist and I’m quite hard on myself. But someone said to me,

“You can’t do that because it’s not about not having that perfectionism there, even because that’s always going to be there. It’s learning when you’re doing it and how to deal with it”

I got it described to me is you’ve got a washing basket and each time you’re having a thought about it, you put it in the washing basket. Then no matter how much you take out the washing basket, there is going to be stuff back in there so you’re never going to totally get rid of it. You can learn how to deal with it.

With music, it’s hard because you need to make a living from it if you’re going to do it as a profession. But at the same time, for me, it’s more about writing songs for people, not for the charts.

So, it is going to be challenging for me in that area, I think but I think it’ll be OK.

If someone wanted to go on a similar journey but didn’t know where to get started. How would you advise them to get started?

There are a few different things they could do. First, listen to music of all different genres. Even if you don’t like them because there’s stuff you can pick out of every single genre. Then notice which bits of the songs that you enjoy the most and get the most joy out of. And then go to live gigs to experience it as well.

You can then focus on that and decide what you want to do with it. Because you’ve got to enjoy it, I think if you don’t enjoy it then I don’t think other people are going to enjoy it either.

You could be talented at it but it’s not what you want to do. You have to find what you want to do. What sparks inside you. For me it’s the lyrics, the writing and the songs. But for other people, they like the beats and getting people up and dancing.

Then this is when collaboration comes in and you can work together to make beautiful pieces.

I was probably better at acting than I am at songwriting and everyone wanted me to do the acting and I’d have enjoyed it, but it wasn’t what I really wanted to do and didn’t spark inside me.

What’s a fun thing about you?

I’ll give you 2 things.

I remember playing football on the beach in Swansea, I went to kick the ball to my uncle and everyone gasped. And I was like “what, what you on about?”, when I looked down, I realised I’d kicked a rock and the football was sat there next to it because I wasn’t paying attention. I didn’t feel the pain but when I looked down, I felt it.

And then the second thing. When I was younger, I loved Billy Fury who is Liverpudlian. I didn’t actually know he was from here until I came here and saw his statue on the docks. And I was like “what is that doing there?” and then I realised he was from Liverpool.

Because I loved him so much when I was younger and this song called “Wondrous Place”, I was particularly obsessed with him. I made my nan cut my hair so I had a quiff.

And that’s just something no one should ever do, so that’s my advice.

My socials are @annasilversmusic on Instagram and the same for Facebook.

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