Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Starchild”? How was the recording and writing process? Any plans to release a video for the single?
Ummet Ozcan and I worked on the Starchild for a while, we made different versions and went back and forth until we found the perfect song. I’ve always admired Ummet as a musician and producer. I think his sound is so good and fresh so it was a big deal for me when this collab happened. When I heard the first demo version I took my headphones out and went for a big walk and listened to the song on repeat a thousand times. That’s when I fell in love with the song.
When I saw the treatment for the video I instantly knew this was it. It was so cool to shoot this video on the El Teide vulcano on Tenerife. When you walk around there it really feels like taking a stroll on Mars. It was really sunny but cold and I was wearing a grey wig and very long spooky glue-on nails. My own mother didn’t believe it was me in the video. People tend not to recognize me without my bangs. Haha.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
You know how you meet someone for the first time and this person can be a complete stranger, a whole new personality, as if they were from another galaxy; full of surprises and at the same time you feel like you’ve always known this person. Like a soulmate from another planet. Someone who you can just be yourself around. Someone who sees you. Sees you for the person you are: the good, the bad and the ugly. No judgement, just love: bringing out the best in you: That’s what Starchild is about for me.
What role does The Netherlands play in your music?
I think dance music is a big part of the Dutch culture. I am very happy that I grew up in this country. I love the inclusive, progressive and social attitude of the Netherlands. I might even say I am proud of that. And I feel these values reflect into dance music. I feel completely free to create however I want to create and I have been welcomed with open arms by the dance/EDM scene. And I have been so amazed about the scene being so super supportive, positive and generous. I’m not just saying this: I see it everywhere. Most of the comments I read on youtube are so nice and I get so many sweet messages from all over the world.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?
I think there is a different approach in writing because when I do a collab with Ummet we really build up to the drop. Whereas if I write my own stuff I try to make the chorus the climax of the song. It’s all a matter of genres I think.
How’s your new album coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I am working on my new solo EP and I am producing it myself. It is a big challenge for me and I love working on it. I’m planning to release it in the second half of this year and it’s going to be very different from everything you’be heard from me. I am so excited!
Any plans to hit the road?
Mainly abroad for writing sessions. In the coming month I will be in New York, LA and Bali to work with other writers and producers. I really want to plan a trip to South-Africa to work on my solo album. I am just in love with their melodies and sounds and want to learn and absorb their way of making music.
What else is happening next in PollyAnna’s world?
Lots of cool collabs coming up too this year! Follow me on Instagram to stay updated! 🙂