// Alanna Eileen
Alanna Eileen is a Melbourne-based singer-songwriter. Originally from Perth, she writes introspective, lyric-driven songs with a gothic edge.
Q&A, with Alanna EileenDefine your genre in five words or less:
Raw, introspective, lyrical, folk.How long have you been writing and playing music? Was there a song or moment that first inspired you?
I have been singing my whole life. My father is a musician and I grew up in a musical household. Later, I began writing my own material, largely inspired by traditional Irish and English ballads, traveling, literature and artists like Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell.If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
The guitarist Robbie Basho, if only because I'd like to sing with him.What are your favourite venues?
I enjoy playing in quiet, intimate venues because I feel they are more conducive to listening.What are your top 5 favourite albums?
A River Ain't Too Much to Love by Bill Callahan, Pink Moon by Nick Drake, Blue by Joni Mitchell, Ys by Joanna Newsom, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning by Bright Eyes.What is your most memorable gig (playing or watching)?
Seeing the Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto when I was eighteen remains my favourite performance. For myself, playing at Whelan's in Dublin felt momentous, in addition to my EP launch at the Toff in Town.Where do you usually draw inspiration from as a writer? Do you have a process? eg music first, lyrics first etc
I almost always write the music and lyrics simultaneously. I feel like I draw inspiration from something outside myself, not derived from any specific source. Naturally, I'm influenced by whatever I'm reading, listening to or experiencing at the time, but, when I write, I feel I as if I'm being gifted something; it's a very uncalculated process.