Vanessa Anne Redd
Vanessa Anne Redd is a London based British / German singer-songwriter published by Blow Up Songs in a worldwide agreement. Blow Up Songs also represents the master recordings of Vanessa’s releases for sync licencing requests by arrangement with Sharp Attack Records.
She released her third solo Vanessa Anne Redd record “Sweet Way Around” in 2021, following on from her critically acclaimed solo debut “Behind the Wall” and “Zumbo Waxes”. VAR makes raw alternative folk-rock, sweeping melodies mixing cathartic darkness and light. Her solo work is inspired by artists such as Syd Barrett, Holly Go-Lightly, Nico, Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen, Billy Childish and Angel Olson.
Vanessa often records using analogue recording techniques giving her sound a warmth and grit, the first at Toerag Studios (White Stripes/Metronomy) the second and third at Gizzard Analogue Studios (Holly Golightly). VAR creates a palette of guitars ranging from fuzz droning to finger picked classical/folk guitar sonics, piano, Hammond, percussion, ebbing harmonies, strings and trumpet. Her sound is sweet yet tough and is described by Vanessa as “a simple grunge-folk affair”. She’s received support from BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne, Janice Long and Radio X’s John Kennedy, along with a coveted Album of the Month recommendation by UK music magazine Loud & Quiet, and praise by magazines such as UNCUT, RnR and Clash Magazine.
She has previously released albums as part of electronic act Rubicks, and alt-folk duo Six Years, has toured the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA with the likes of Gary Numan and John Foxx and played SXSW and Canadian Music Week.
Her music has been released through her co-owned label Sharp Attack Records and licensed to Universal, Mute, Modular DJ’s and Rough Trade compilations. It has appeared in fashion films (Valentino/Pam Hogg) and skate/snowboarding videos.
Vanessa co-runs her own label Sharp Attack Records with long time collaborator Marc Makarov with whom she has been working co-producing acts on their label (Phoebe Coco/The Durrell Family). She also makes her own films and videos to accompany her own music.
Blow Up Songs also represents the master recordings of Vanessa’s releases for sync licencing requests by arrangement with Sharp Attack Records.