7 Sides of Anna Prior [Interview & Mix] |Selector Afterdark

This week’s interview & mix comes from Anna Prior

Introduce yourself and tell us about the part of the UK you’re from?

My name is Anna Prior. I am the drummer in Metronomy and I also DJ. I’m a Yorkshire lass by birth, but a Londoner as a way of life. I currently live in Hackney, one of the most culturally vibrant and inspiring places to live in London.

Tell us about some of your British DJ heroes?

I’m really into Andrew Weatherall, Bill Brewster, Daniel Avery. And of course, my sometimes DJ partner, Little Boots
What have you been working on recently?

While Metronomy takes some downtime, I have been drumming with James Righton (ex Klaxons) on his new project “Shock Machine”.
Tell us about the mix, how did you put it together, what did you want to represent?

My mix is quite simply compiled of music which really makes me sway with eyes closed in some kind of ethereal dream – all the while I’m punching the air and yelping! Recommended listening situation is either on a long walk with a purpose, or when you’re feeling the mid afternoon slump. I used Ableton to bring the mix together.
Talk us through the British music featured in this mix? Which British artists are you most excited about?

At the moment, I am very excited about Pillow Person (aka Sarah Jones). Not only is she an incredible drummer, she’s creating some of the freshest music I’ve head in a long time. I’ve also included my new favourite guitar band Whenyoung who create deliciously raucous tunes, complete with sweet melodies and evocative lyrics of youth.
What is on the cards in the immediate future?

Right now, I’m looking forward to starting rehearsals with my loves in Metronomy for our tour in May and summer festivals.
Where is the best place in the world you have DJ’d and why?

London, of course! But a close second has to be St Petersburg, Russia – such a welcoming, caring and excitable community of people who sure know how to dance!