ANTHEA CLARKE: ‘no Basic 40something’
"A little bit white but mostly brown. This is me & I'm not fucking around" @Iamfyamusic
Born and raised in Manchester and raised on a diet of Public Enemy and The Smiths Anthea Clarke (known widely as 'Anth') is no ordinary piece of black girl magic. With her first love being music Anth started making jingles for her cousins pirate radio station (Moss Side) at about the age of 16 as well as dabbling as a backing vocalist. At 18 she pursued her musical dream and moved to London which seemed to pay off, by 22-years-old she recorded an album ‘Anthea- Words & Beats’ released on the legendary Hedkandi record label. And worked as a backing vocalist for artists like Simply Red, Billy Bragg and Roachford at music festivals, the O2 and The Kremlin. How about that!? And if that wasn’t enough there for an intro the artist casually mentions “I was lead singer of a band called Bushcraft for many years and we toured Europe in our beat up little van.”
With all that experience behind her, a passion for music and the eventual end of Bushcraft Anth didn’t retire to middle class suburbia or the North London wastelands for 90’s media types, instead she started a new solo project "When that ended I created I Am Fya, my one-woman band. I made all the beats on my drum machine and played UK festivals and the East London party scene. This also lead to me becoming hype girl and backing singer for my friend Kate Tempest when she toured her debut album, Everybody Down.” And after a fortuitous meeting at one of the UK’s best music festival a new endeavour was born too “PennyDrop was my next project which was really soulful, weird pop mostly about unrequited love. Now i am one half of Anth & Debs which is an experimental dance project that I started with my friend Debbie soon after we met at Bestival 2015.”
In 2009 Anth started to make and sell clothes under the brand My Tribe Fashion, the label has recently changed to Anthea Clarke and now living in Brighton, working from her seafront studio in Hove, she says “I love the sea vibes very much…”. And this ‘sea change’ seems to have afforded Anth a new creative outlet, her highly amusing and incredibly revealing VLOG series: "no Basic 40something". Created as an outlet to discuss life over 40 as a woman and her desire to have a child the videos are laugh out loud funny whilst having an incredible vulnerability that is lacking in most online personalities. And this new venture resonates with A Clodhoppers musings with the female of the species, unfairly women seem to have the hardest time when it comes to things like ageing, being single and being a parent which makes this Vlog series so interesting. With titles like ‘Things You Should Never Say To A Childless Person’, ‘Will I Ever Date Again? Going Public’ and ‘Happiness’ Anth Clarke is shedding the armour and saying this is my heart and this is how I feel. And for that A Clodhopper is enamoured with this ‘no Basic 40something’ who is simply telling it like it is! Or to quote Anth herself "A little bit white but mostly brown. This is me & I'm not fucking around!"