Deli Magazine

Interview with Flo

- by Jessie

 Month's ago, Flo Anito graced the headline banner of DC Deli's site as Artist of the Month.  She had just debuted a music video off her latest album "No Dust Bunnies", and as of June 1, that video has recieved the grand prize in Ourstage's Video Finals. Our intern Jessie caught up with her to find out her musical origins, performing at DC memorials, and how she found Rod Stewart.

Deli: How did you start your musical career?

Flo: I started playing piano when I was 5 and acting in musical theatre productions when I was 8, started cello in 4th grade, and picked up the guitar when I was 16 - that's when I started writing. I've been performing solo ever since and majored in Music at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. I met Jeff Goodwin, my drummer, through another band and Brian Waitzman, the bassist, through Jeff.

What are your biggest musical influences?

I listen to everything - jazz, latin, pop, folk, blues, hip hop - you name it, I like it.

What's your ideal, realistic four band bill?

Hmmm.. Regina Spektor, the Counting Crows, Jamie Cullum, and Flo Anito...

What's your dream four band bill?

Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Shakira, and the Cure...

What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?

My first concert was a David Bowie concert. My older sister is a lot older than me and my dad drove her and brought me for company. I was soooo little but I still remember him playing Space Odyssey. The first tape I bought was Rod Stewart's album with Maggie May on it. I remember I got it at a gas station in upstate, NY...

What do you love about DC's music scene?

I like that it's small enough to maneuver. A lot of us run different music nights and showcases so there's a lot of support for original music.

What would you like to see change in the local music scene?

I wish we had a few heavy hitters here and more of an industry presence. There are A LOT of musicians trying to make themselves heard here.

What are your plans for the upcoming year?

I'm hoping to set up a tour and promote my album and new music video which everyone can check out at http://www.floanito.com.

What was your most memorable live show?

I was super excited to play the Virgin Mobile Free Fest at Merriweather Post Pavilion - there were some awesome headliners and it was amazing to be part of that bill. I also have really nice memories of playing at the Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It's amazing to play in front of soooo many people, and to have the Jefferson Memorial as a the back drop was just an added plus.

Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?

Friends, fans, and family! I can't thank everyone enough for supporting in all the ways that they have - be it coming to shows, voting in contests, purchasing cds, or helping out with CD production and the music video for Uh Oh.

Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?

Hmmm... life would be pretty hard without some sort of keyboard and guitar. I also thank God for a set of ears and a voice box ;)

Why do you read The Deli?

The Deli is an awesome way to find out about lesser known artists which I think is pretty darn cool.


Catch Flo Anito this Sunday June 5 at the Sweet Tea Fest at Almaz, 8 pm.






Flo Anito

No Dust Bunnies