Photography: Robin Clewley / robinclewley.co.uk

Heartachingly gentle and tender, Antonia’s vocals swirl like honey in warm tea.


How would you describe yourself as an artist?
A blend of soul and mellow pop, with a sprinkle of jazz. I’m still discovering my sound and style, though.


When did you begin writing / playing music?
I began with singing and playing the violin and viola at the age of six, and then the piano a little after that. I started to learn the guitar at 16, which enhanced my writing. Hopefully my songwriting has come on a bit since then!


Where do you get the inspiration from when you’re writing music?
It’s a mixture of things. Each time I write, the song evolves differently. I’ll have thoughts written down in my notes or a melody that will be stuck in my head and I’ll try and write to that. I have to feel content about a situation to be able to write about it, though.

I love the jazz, soul elements of your music. Your voice is so soft but rich. What do you think has influenced you to create music in this way?
Initially it was the pop princesses. But, as I got older, I started classical singing and went on to explore soul. I really admire Carole King’s storytelling and the emotional freedom of Etta James.

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You’ve recently been announced as a LIMF Academy Most Ready artist. Why do you think platforms such as LIMF are so important?
I am super grateful to have the backing in such an uncertain year. For artists like me, who are just starting out and figuring out the industry, it’s invaluable to have their guidance and support.


Is there a defining moment in your music career so far which stands out for you? Perhaps a gig you’ve played or attended?
I played a Sofar Sounds gig in Leeds which was so much fun, the audience was so attentive. Watching FKJ at the Roundhouse last year was also incredible, the way he performed was so engaging.


Why is music important to you?
Music is something that has always been natural to me. People can relate to it differently and use it as a way to reflect on their own lives or emotions, which is a such powerful thing.

How have you been finding lockdown and how has it impacted your creativity?
At the start of lockdown I started to play my guitar again, and I found writing on a different instrument really helped inspire new ideas. I’ve struggled a bit though this lockdown, but I’ve been writing with other people over Zoom, which I love doing. Bouncing ideas between people is so useful to stimulate.

Where do you see yourself heading in the future?
Honestly, I’d love to be performing at festivals, that’s always been a goal of mine. Writing and collaborating with different artists is also something I want to continue to do.

Do you have any advice to give other emerging artists, or for anyone considering sharing their music?
Do it! People need music now more than ever. I would say take your time, though, and don’t focus on what other people are doing. Wait until you are ready.

 

Antonia is one of LIMF Academy 2021’s most ready artists.

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