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Interview: Saucy Irish Songstress Hits the Stage With Hua

*Hua, Beijing’s one and only acid-jazz collective, is set to play [Yugong Yishan](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/listings/nightlife/live_music/has/yugong-yishan/) on November 27. Joining the brilliant quartet this month is guest-singer AnneMarie Farrell. I sat down with saucy, eloquent and vocally-gifted Miss Farrell to find out what she’s all about and how she got involved with this seminal group.* **1. How did you get involved with [Hua](http://www.myspace.com/huacidlive)?** I've been involved with the band since around June when I met [Chris (DJ Shiva)](http://www.myspace.com/djshivabeats). I'd been playing fairly regularly at the open mic night in Tun and one night my friend [Korey](http://www.myspace.com/korelement) came along and suggested I meet his friend Chris, whose band was looking for a vocalist. Korey, Chris, and I worked on some ideas I had for new tracks. Chris played them for Zhang Zhang and the band, they liked it, and I was in! I've performed with them in about 10 or 11 gigs now. **2. How would you describe the band’s sound?** Right, this is a difficult one because although Hua has a definite and recognizable sound, but it’s made up of a million different tones and intonations, funk, house, blues, Hindustani, electro, hip-hop, and traditional, all fabulously blended together in a jazz pot with a touch of La Jiao! **3. If the band were a flavor, what would it be?** Again, same problem - the magic of Hua is that in can't be defined or contained by a single sound or flavor...it would have to be a mix of sweet, bitter, chocolaty, fruity, creamy, crunchy, tangy...and a mixed with chuanr spice...actually, hang on…that sounds disgusting! **4. Which song do you think represents the band’s sound best?** ...hmmm...Go Funk Yourself **5. What kind of formal vocal training have you received?** No formal vocal training, but I am Irish - we're all born singing! I've been involved in various choirs and musicals since I was 6 until university. My musical training is in piano, which I studied for years but compared to Zhang Zhang, I needn’t have bothered! **6. Have you performed with similar bands in Ireland or elsewhere?** Absolutely nothing like Hua (Is there any other band like Hua? I doubt it!) Since secondary school I’ve been in a few bands, mostly rock and electro-pop types of bands, where I was alternatively singer, keyboard or guitarist. I’ve also done a LOT of open mic nights....but that mostly for the free drinks! But no, Hua is definitely the most exciting and fresh project Ive been a part of. **7. What’s coming up in the near future for the band, new developments, new sounds, new players?** All to be revealed..... **8. If you could only perform one last song with the band, what would it be? Why?** Hmm...probably Mo' Better Blues. It’s actually the first song I ever sang with them, so sentimentality would have to win out! It was a track they were already performing, sans vocal. I heard them practicing and fell in love with so I came up with a vocal to go with it—I was determined to get involved in that song somehow! **9. What do you think of Zhang Zhang's hair? Do you foresee any new developments there?** Zhang Zhang’s hair is amazing! And you know, he doesn’t even use any hair product to make it stand up like that, he is so talented that even his hair defies gravity! True story. As for new developments regards the hair, we have a team of planners, ex-White House stratigizers and Jennifer Anniston working on some ideas as we speak. I will keep you updated. **10. Anything else to say?** I am genuinely excited to be part of the Hua Live experience, it is quite an honor. All these musicians are annoyingly talented and creative, and the diverse and multi-cultural sound that is created when all these powers combine is so original and funky that I don't think there is another band in China to match Hua! ###See AnneMarie perform with [Hua](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/events/55544/) at [Yugong Yishan](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/listings/nightlife/live_music/has/yugong-yishan/), November 27, 9:00p.m.

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sarahleibl

anneMarie is amazing i'd come from anywhere to see her perform even winnipeg, manitoba
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gregk

Great interview. AnneMarie Farrell is really funny. Loved that bit about Zhang Zhang hair.

jasminerose

well, that's me sold! i'm definately going!
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