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INTERVIEW: Grammy-nominated ANOUSHEH

Hi Anousheh, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! I am wonderful– hope you are too!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bones”?

“Bones” is the first glimpse at a new batch of songs I’ve been working on. I’m super excited about the direction of this new material– I’ve really doubled down on balancing my introspective songwriting style with elements of pop sensibility. I have had so much fun digging into hooks and super-rich electronic soundscapes with producer Josh Quarles. “Bones” is one of my favorites so far!

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yes! This song was inspired by an event that caused me to experience intense jealousy. You know–that shameful, self-pitying, totally non-productive jealousy that just sits like a pit in your stomach. I took that feeling and really examined it, and realized that there’s a lot of love and admiration responsible for jealousy. “Bones” ultimately became a story of the struggle between the two.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I personally feel that this song is begging for a video– so while I can’t confirm anything 100%, I can say that I’m working on it!

How was the recording and writing process?

This song came together fairly quickly on my end. I recorded a really flimsy demo using a Logic drumbeat and a cheesy bass and strings combo- just to get the basic bassline and melodies down. Then I sent it to my collaborator/producer. He replaced certain things, added others. We just emailed the tracks back and forth until it was finished. Hooray for technology!

How has the 90s have influence your music?

Hmmm, I’d say A LOT. I was, after all, a teenager in the 90s– so I really fell head over heels for music during that time. I feel like you never really love music as hard as you do when you’re 16!  I definitely have influences from all different times in my life– but the 90’s artists that I loved really inspired me to start writing in the first place (Tori Amos, Bjork, Radiohead, Portishead, etc.).

What role does Richmond plays in your music?
I’m really grateful for all of the incredible artists that I have met and played with over the years in Richmond. This city is filled with incredibly talented musicians and artists. I moved here as a young art student, and immediately realized I was totally surrounded by brilliant people at all times! Not much has changed- and I owe some of my best collaborations (including my husband!) to this pretty little city.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I’ve got a lot of new material on the way– still a work in progress but coming along great.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

No release date yet, but I will say I’ve got another single in the works, and hopefully a video (or two).

Any plans to hit the road?

I have hopes to hit the road, yes- but likely not until after the New Year.

What else is happening next in Anousheh’s world?

I’m gonna get back to finishing my new songs, promoting “Bones”, and planning for the next release! Also, I will likely be in a state of low grade anxiety until Nov 8th when this insane US Presidential Election is finally done (FUCK TRUMP) . See you on the other side! 🙂

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