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INTERVIEW: Annika Grace

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

Hey, thank you so much for having me! I’ve been great — super busy in a good way!

Can you talk to us more about your new single “Kiss Me”?

Yes! I’m super excited about this song because it’s my first song inspired by my time in New York City. I just moved here recently and I remember going to this bar that was so extravagant it had flowers hanging from the ceiling. I just knew I had to write a song about it. I wrote it with a friend of mine Nitanee Paris and Doug Walters produced it so it was definitely a team effort. Each person brings their own personal flare to it so it was so fun to see it all come to life.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this project?

 Every one of my songs is inspired by a particular story in my life and sometimes they can get too detailed and personal, but its my way of getting my feelings across. ‘Kiss Me’ was inspired by that struggle all of us have between our hearts and mind and I know at least for me a lot of the time my heart wins. Today in our dating culture, hooking up is the new norm and sometimes it’s difficult because you can catch feelings. I know for me at least, I fall hard fast. A lot of time part of you wants to kiss the cute boy standing in front of you but you also know it might not end well.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes! I’m talking to a few student videographers around the city at the moment coming up with ideas for a video! I love to work with other students as I am one myself and think it’s really cool to collaborate and share the success because we are all just starting out. Definitely planning on shooting around New York City so keep a look out!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was my first-time co-writing with Nitanee Paris and it was such a good time. I’ve known her for a few years since we both attend the Durango Songwriters Expo.  I was back in LA for a few weeks so we got together to write. I had written a poem about a time I had a bar and I brought it to the session and everything just flowed from there. I remember sitting at her piano and petting her two dogs and I was like ‘this is the perfect session.  After two sessions we had a song we were both super proud of. Next thing I knew I brought it to my friend Dough Walters who produced ‘Don’t have a thing for Boys’ and ‘Better You’ and he added his own R&B vibe to it and now I’m here!

How did your upbringing influence your music?

Neither of my parents are musical so we always laugh when people ask how I got into music. My parents are writers though, and they always encouraged me to write. When I was six, I wrote my first poem on a hello kitty notepad and my parents made like 100 copies of it and framed it. They always supported creativity. I remember I once got an F in math class and they were like well, at least you can write! I was a super emotional kid so it became a type of therapy for me to just write everything out on a piece of paper. I remember sometimes I write so forcefully, the paper would rip. I think my love of music came from always having music playing around the house. Whenever I woke up, my mom was playing Carolina Liar, U2, or Moby as she made breakfast and whenever I went to bed, she would sing to me these little songs she would make up. One day I was like, wait I wanna make songs too. I started taking piano lessons and putting melodies to my poems.  I have always been shy when it comes to confrontation or expressing myself in a vulnerable way, so music became my way of telling people how I felt.

Does your single mean we can expect another project soon – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely! I was just in LA recording a new single that will hopefully be dropping in the next few weeks! It might be one of my favorites actually so super excited for everyone to hear it!

If so, any tentative release date or title in mind for the next project?

The new song is called “The Chase” and I don’t have a release date set yet but I’ll have more information coming soon!

Any plans for upcoming shows?

I’m performing at Nitelight in LA on April 12th! It’s a super cool venue on the sunset strip so should be a really fun show.

What else is happening next in Annika Grace’s world?

I wish I could tell you but honestly its a surprise for me too! I’m just winging it day by day! I’m writing A LOT and hoping to just keep the music coming and releasing new material as much as a I can! I’m still figuring out if I’m going back to college next semester since I’ve been taking a break interning instead, but honestly not the biggest fan of school so we will see how that goes! At the moment just doing the bicoastal thing, going back and forth from LA to NYC and love it so much, especially all the miles I’m saving up to go somewhere special! I’m working on some big projects for this coming year and just hoping for the best! If you want to keep in touch and find out, I have a monthly newsletter you can subscribe too on my website and I’m also an Instagram feen and post everything about my life there at Annibird.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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