INTERVIEW: Anna Tillet

Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland. Kelly’s writing has appeared in such regional publications as Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum. She has done a series of interviews with artists with ties to Las Vegas for celebration of our music issue.


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1) What is your relationship to sound in the studio?

I definitely prefer sound (music in particular) rather than silence when I’m working in the studio. It helps to quiet my mind and/or drown it out.

2) What is your relationship to music in the studio?

We’re studio BFF’s. Music is always with me while I’m working. Playing by either tiny iPhone speaker, computer, or record player.

3) What, if anything, is in heavy rotation in your studio right now?

I like to use Pandora a lot and shuffle around my favorite stations. I also like to wear out a new record purchase. Here’s a few Pandora stations (bands) I like to truffle shuffle:  The Make Up, Reigning Sound, Wilco, Fleet Foxes, My Morning Jacket, Yo La Tengo, Tribe Called Quest, Magnetic Fields, Pixies, Big Star, Otis Redding, Flaming Lips, R.L. Burnside, JSBX, Dum Dum Girls, The Troggs, Velvet Underground, Notorious B.I.G., M. Ward, and tons more in between (long list). Sam (Davis) refers to a lot of what I listen to affectionately as “sad bastard music,” but who can be all emo listening to Biggie Smalls? No one I tell you, no one. If anything you’ll be shakin’ that ass.

And here’s a short list of some of my most recent vinyl acquisitions that I’ve been spinning pretty hardcore: Beck’s Morning Phase and The Growlers’ Hung at Heart.

4) What would be your desert island studio record?

Well, first let me start by being really original in saying “that’s such a hard question,” and “there are so many albums that are my favorite.” But, really, this is a tough question, and I do have many. Though, if I have topick just one, I guess I’d have to be naked and afraid on my desert isle with Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.

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Anna Tillett was born in Florida, where she spent the majority of her life until attending college at Memphis College of Art in Memphis, TN.   It was there that she earned a B.F.A. in illustration, and solidified her love of all things BBQ and Elvis. After a brief time designing greeting cards and working as a freelance illustrator, she relocated to southern California.  While in SoCal, she enjoyed eating her way through L.A., painting socially awkward bunnies, collecting tchotchkes from Wacko’s, and illustrating for children’s books. Her original paintings have been or currently represented through Trifecta Gallery of Las Vegas, Graphite Galleries of New Orleans, and Bear and Bird Gallery of Ft. Lauderhill.  Visit her website to find out more about her here.

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