The Sound Clique presents its humble interview with the Brazil-born and Barcelona-based – ANNA. She is in high global demand – having recently won Best Breakthrough Artist 2016 at DJ Awards in Ibiza, ANNA is coming first time to Denmark to play in Aarhus with Aarhus Techno District.
Recent releases from the likes of Diynamic, Turbo Recordings, Get Physical, RUKUS, plus remixes for the likes of Tiga, Audion, Matador, Reboot, are cementing ANNA’s rightful place at the forefront of dance music and a credibility validated around the world after years of dedicated hard work and uncompromising dedication.
Right off the bat, we would like to ask you about your early stages in music – How and when were you introduced to music? What made you tick and dance at that time?
I’ve been living in this club atmosphere since I was a little girl. Actually, my father was a DJ and also a club owner and I remember going with him to buy records. We used to stay listening to the new stuff for hours, from one store to another, I was about 10 years old at that time. When I was a bit older, about 14, I started going to clubs and that was the time when everything started. I fell in love with electronic music, then I began my research, continued to practice at home and things started happening.
Taking a step forward – you are now called the songbird of this generation’s techno scene. What inspires you to develop and remix such gems for your discography?
Inspiration for me comes from everything, all the things I experience in life, a movie, a city I visit, a talk with a friend, another person’s music off course, a really good vibe I get from someone I meet … Literally everything I experience is translated into the music I produce and I feel joyful every time I am in the studio to create a song. No matter what is going to happen with it afterwards, the process of being in the studio and creating music is simply a blast for me.
Can you elaborate on your music style? How do you combine that groove with aesthetics?
Well, my music changed a lot over the years and I have been doing it for 17 years already. There was a period with more house, more groovy, sometimes more disco music. In the recent years the music tends to be a bit heavier, deeper and trippy. But when it comes to my own production, I don’t think a lot about the style I have to follow, I just go with the flow. Every time I think too much about what I have to do, or if I wanna do it for a certain label, it usually goes wrong, so I just try to create something without labeling or trying to fit in.
Did moving to Barcelona change your style of DJ’ing? Anything new learnt, maybe some old habits lost?
No, I don’t think it changed my style of DJing, but being in Europe is good. I got exposed to a lot of new artists, new music and new inspirations which helped my creativity to flourish.
Let us open our imagination crates and talk about goals and dreams, what, as an artist and a person, are you dreaming of becoming in the future?
Honestly, I don’t have much plans for the future. Right now I am making music, touring around the world to DJ, and I really enjoy doing it. I don’t know what is gonna happen in 2 years and I don’t want to think further. If in 1 year I have a strong feeling about doing something else, I will do it. I prefer to wait for life to unfold and give my best in the present.
Any releases the fans should be aware of in the near future?
My next release will be an EP at Kompakt and another EP on Clash Lion. I am super looking forward for both releases.
What are you most looking forward about coming to Denmark and playing with Aarhus Techno District?
Chocolate and meeting the people!