Anesti Danelis returns with a new hour of witty, ridiculous and delightfully dark songs that celebrate all the fun things in life like: identity crisis, stealing from work, inescapable rumours, alternative medicine, fearless youth, goats? and more! Six Frets Under is here for the month of August and Daniel spoke with The Fountain about the premise for the show as well as the influences behind it.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
I’m very excited to be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this year. Last year was my first time at the fest and I was blown away at how large it is, and also by how welcoming it was. I’m excited to be bringing Six Frets Under to the fest because this year I’m including violin, and piano, in addition to my guitar act. It’s gonna be a fun time.
TF: Six Frets Under certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
Six Frets Under is a musical comedy concert about our existential angst. It’s an hour of witty, ridiculous, and delightfully dark comedic songs that touch on all the fun things in life like: identity crisis, dreadful rumours, alternative medicine, making up arguments in your mind, fearless youth, goats? and much more! It asks life’s biggest questions like “why are we here?” and “if you print your missing cat posters in black and white, do you even want to find your cats?” in hopes of helping us better understand our existence, while toe-tapping that existential dread away.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I have experienced some loss this past year, which made me stop to reflect on life. It made me realize how much worry, and regret, and fears we hold onto, and how seriously we take our own lives. That inspired me to create a show that satirized our existential angst by comically commenting on our worries, fears, regrets, identity, etc. I have a song called Drink to Forget where I sing about all of the stupidest things I have ever said (for real). It’s my comical take on living with and letting go of regret, and the other songs follow that same through-line of examining and commenting on moments in our lives.
The songs are influenced by different genres of music, especially the sounds of late 60’s and early 70’s. There’s a song influenced by 90’s dance music about a guys night out that takes a wrong turn, and a song influenced by traditional Greek folk music about… goats. I’m a big fan of music in general, so I always try to construct my songs to sound like something you might hear on the radio: big hooks, catchy melodies, and interesting bridges. All while blending into my witty and ridiculous style.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers?/Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Oh, definitely to get some fish and chips. I didn’t get around to it last year, and it’s been my single biggest regret. I also want to see some interesting shows and explore the city. My advice for first-time performers is to give yourself an hour or two a day to do something non-festival related and to take lots of naps. Oh and also, if a group of drunk people ask to see a snippet of your show on the street at 2 am, you could totally say no.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Six Frets Under?
After the fringe, I think I’m going to take a big ol’ nap. Once I awake, I’ll be looking to tour the show to a few places before recording it as my second live comedy album. (My first album Songs for a New World Order is on Spotify and iTunes, and I’m so sorry for this shameless plug). Then I’ll probably write my next show and do this crazy process all over again.
You can see Six Frets Under at Laughing Horse @ the Hanover Tap until 25th August at 13:15. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com