A.S. Fanning is a musician, songwriter, singer and producer from Dublin, Ireland. Now living in Berlin, Germany. Carmelita is his first solo single and it’s OUT NOW. Check ‘Tour’ page for live dates and sign up to the newsletter for updates on releases. Debut album coming soon. As a child he had little interest in school, and rarely attended, choosing instead to spend his days exploring his father’s book collection and huge array of jazz and blues records. There were always instruments around the house and at the age of 10 he picked up the guitar for the first time. He immediately formed a band with some friends and by the age of 12 they were gigging in pubs around Ireland, playing mostly Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley covers, among some original songs. There was always a lot of literary influence in his life, he came from a family of journalists and writers, his grandfather, A.P. Fanning had a play produced at the home of Irish theatre, The Abbey in Dublin, and Irish literary giants such as Ulick O’Connor, John B. Keane, Anthony Cronin and Brendan Kennelly were fixtures in his upbringing, as friends of the family.
His songwriting started to develop in his teens, along with his interest in music production. He bought his first 8-track recorder and started recording, layering multiple instruments and sounds as part of his songwriting process. At the age of 17 formed the band Porn Trauma, who released one EP which reached the top 30 in the Irish charts, and another limited edition 7-inch single, before disbanding. They regrouped as The Last Tycoons who went on to release one eponymous album as well as several EPs and singles. His interest in production continued to grow and he spent as much time in the studio as possible, working as an assistant on legendary Dubliner Ronnie Drew’s final album before his death in 2008.
As a multi-instrumentalist he has been in demand to play with acts such as Dublin troubadour The Mighty Stef, Berlin Industrial Electro outfit Suzies Ashes, and Irish songstress Candice Gordon, most recently producing and playing on Gordon’s soon to be released debut LP. He now lives in Berlin and is releasing his first single with a debut solo album in the works. The self-produced ‘Carmelita’ is released on November 13th on Proper Octopus Records. Available digitally from usual outlets and on 7-inch vinyl from select stores.
A. S. Fanning: Carmelita
‘Carmelita’, debut single by A.S. Fanning. Directed, Produced and Edited by Candice Gordon. Camera and post production by Valquire Veljkovic. Dublin Footage by No Name Video.
Starring: Minna Partanen, Mary Kelly, Dave and Rachel Kammeyer, Josh Hall, Nina Hynes, Eileen Carpio and The Babies. Thanks to Antje Okelsund and Paddy Berigan.
A. S. Fanning: Carmelita Lyrics: