Monday, 18 January 2016


Two songs on the new Lilygun album feature piano. Piano is the first instrument I learned to play and one that I love. I began playing the piano at boarding school to hide from the horrible girls in my class. I'm a self-taught pianist but I spent so much time alone in a tiny music cell at my school, that I became quite an accomplished pianist!

One of my first classical piano compositions met with the approval of Richard Blackford (the british tv, film, opera and Emmy Award nominated composer) and was chosen for a music competition to represent my school. I have never played in public again. 

As some of you already know, I am also a classical composer. Many of my classical pieces feature the piano so it's an instrument that's natural for me to play. I recorded acoustic guitar on a couple of songs too so we'll be posting photos of that recording session for you soon.

I can't wait for you to hear these songs! ~ACx

Thursday, 7 January 2016

A Step Back In Time

Anna-Christina and Piranha from Lilygun. Photo by Joe Bangay

Recording, can at times be quite a sentimental thing. It can bring up all sorts of emotions in musicians. Whilst I've been recording bass on Lilygun's new album, it made me think of where many of Lilygun's bass lines have originated from.

As some of you will know, I once had a bass player called Piranha. He was very special to me and the two of us became Lilygun together in the beginning. He couldn't stay in England and ended up going back to Japan but it was actually Piranha who helped me shape what Lilygun has become today.

Don't get me wrong, I love working with my friends in Lilygun now and they are a constant source of inspiration to me but Piranha never got the credit he deserved. By the time our first album came out he was already gone and wasn't able to play on it which was very sad. However, his spirit is in every single song on that album. The funny thing is, his spirit will also be on this second album too! We had already made demos together of some of these new songs and I'm referring back to his bass lines once again.

We have a sad story to tell but I will forever be grateful to this remarkable musician who taught me so much, believed in me when others didn't in our early days and helped me create a band I love. Piranha will forever be in my heart.