THE EXCITEMENT OF MUSIC WITH EMILY ANDERSON
The astounding Singer/ Songwriter Emily Anderson talks with us about what keeps her motivated, her upcoming single 'Hugs' and the style of her future full length album being described as "psychedelic glitch tunes with Disney Princess energy"!
Hi Emily! Please tell us how you are kicking off your 2021 with your music?
I'm releasing a new single, "Hugs" on February 5th! It's a sentiment which I think most of us can relate to: "I can't wait to hug all my friends again". I wrote it while quarantining in Alaska and decided it was too honest not to release. It's equal parts optimism and nostalgia, with lots of warm and fuzzies at the end since I'm singing and playing with all of my friends (virtually, of course - all parts were recorded in our own respective quarantine pods). Part of what makes the nostalgia so palpable is that it sound like we're all just singing around a campfire, when in fact each part was recorded all over the continent - Ontario, California, Alaska, and Colorado. Gotta love that engineering magic! What are the projects you are most excited to share with your fans this year?
I'm so excited about releasing another full length album this year. Singles are great, but there's something really special about being able to take your listeners on a more in-depth journey. I'm also working on a collaboration with a fellow Alaskan and very talented producer that's going to be a departure from what I normally do - the style has been described as "psychedelic glitch tunes with Disney Princess energy" which I absolutely love. Anything that has feelings but is also a little weird is always my vibe.
What keeps you motivated to make music?
I would say that making music is what keeps me motivated. It's how I feel the most myself and how I can process my feelings and the world around me in a way that is not binge watching Gilmore Girls or 30 Rock. I've forged my most meaningful friendships and relationships through music and I am perpetually grateful for its sheer force of connection. Also, it's just plain fun! Do you have a strict regimen when it comes to writing music or do you only create when inspired?
I would say it happens in phases. I'm constantly making voice memos or collecting "song seeds" but I wouldn't say I have a strict songwriting regimen. I do have a steady creative routine that involves daily journaling, practicing and yoga, which I think helps a lot with being more in tune and open to creative ideas. In November, I challenged myself this year to write 30 songs in 30 days and post them on the internet every day. It was insane, but it was so good for my creativity and quelling those perfectionistic tendencies - plus it taught me so much about our own limiting beliefs and just how much we are truly capable of. Can you give advice to the artist that is unsure about following their dreams?
I would say if you know you're always going to have that "what if" voice in the back of your mind, you need to do it. Life is simply too short and humans need art. There's so much uncertainty in life, regardless of what field you pursue, and even though the arts are considered "unconventional" career paths, I think that attitude is shifting. Regardless of where you land in your creative career, your life will be enriched because of it as will the lives of others. I've learned so much from music that I have applied to other jobs and vice versa. There's simply no one size fits all for career paths and you've got to do what is going to be fulfilling to you! How can our readers keep up to date with your musical journey?
You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @emilyandersonak and my website is www.emilyandersonak.com! You can also follow me on Spotify & Bandcamp to stay up to date on new music. For sneak peeks, behind the scenes, and unapologetically bad puns, you can find me on Patreon at www.patreon.com/emilyandersonak!
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