Hi Anna, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey! Thanks so much for having me! I’ve been well – really excited to finally be sharing some of this new music 🙂
Can you talk to us more about your upcoming single “At My Worst”?
“At My Worst” is what I’ve been referring to as my own little “Pop Bop” haha. It’s really fun to move and dance to but is also super sassy and melodic with what I hope is a celebrated idea or theme. The idea is that in order for others to enjoy the “best” of us they must also accept the “worst” of us. It’s my first single in almost a year that will be kicking off this next phase of new music that I’m so unbelievably excited to share and is some of my favorite music to date.
Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Not one single moment in particular, but mostly the collective realization that our flaws, vulnerabilities, scars or quirks empower us more than they’ll ever take away from us. So often we convince ourselves that those unique or imperfect parts of ourselves mean we have to compromise for others or lower our standards. This song in particular addresses a singular relationship, but the concept is the same: Those “crazy” or “flawed” parts of me are actually the parts that allow for the best of me to shine through. I wanted to try to celebrate the idea that we can own ourselves – good and bad – without having to justify or excuse the “bad”.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
As of right now, no plans for an official video, but we have a lot of live content coming up in which listeners will get some alternate versions of the song that I’m really excited about.
How were the recording and writing processes?
I co-wrote the song with my good friends Will Jay and Jonny Shorr. We got together to one day to write, and Jonny started messing around with those initial chords and immediately I was drawn to the attitude and sassiness of them. We knocked out the concept pretty quickly – playing with lines that we had been told individually by friends or partners about being “too much” or “too crazy” and realizing that those little flaws were actually what these friends or romantic partners were drawn to. In regards to relationships, we discussed some classic examples from the past: Like, yeah I may be insecure about parts of myself but that only makes me love you harder. If you want to be loved that deeply, you have to also accept the insecure parts of me that allow me to give to you like that.
The recording process was really fun! I had a great time playing with the tone and intention behind each lyric recorded.
What role does living in LA play in your music?
It definitely plays a role in how some of the music sounds production wise, and moments that I’m inspired by writing-wise. I’m so grateful to live here, but at times I do miss the simplicity of The Bay Area and the ability to think a little bit differently. LA is full of so many talented people hustling away, which is so inspiring and motivating but at times I feel can create a bit of a bubble in which it’s easy to start to sound like the same thing. My goal is to be inspired by this beautiful, passionate city and the fellow collaborators in it – but to keep an authentic viewpoint so that I consistently bring something new and unique to the table. I guess it challenges me to find a balance in everything.
How have Aretha Franklin and Jeff Buckley influenced your writing?
Ah – they are two of my favorite musicians ever. Although they may sound and seem so different, I find that they each evoke massive emotions with their melodies and voices. Aretha’s voice is forever iconic and her ability to transform songs from simple writing to fiery, passionate ballads or simple grooves that transform the listener is unmatched. Whether in her keys playing or vocal performance – she is constantly determined to move the listener and forces you to confront those emotions. Jeff Buckley aims for the same. His voice and music are very different, but it holds the same energy and determination to move the listener. Aretha Franklin completely remade Otis Redding’s “Respect” into her own with her perspective and intention. Jeff Buckley did the same with “Hallelujah”, and it’s because they both offer this raw authenticity and power that constantly inspires me in my own music. I strive to find new ways to approach my writing and performance, but with an intention that will move those listening to the songs.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?
Definitely. When I’m on my own the song could go any direction, which is simultaneously liberating and challenging if the direction ends up a bit lost. At times I feel more creative on my own, but I also love having more structure with collaborators who can help bring me back down to Earth when I start to switch things up too much. I’d say my most raw or vulnerable songs come when I’m alone.
How’s your new album coming along / Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The debut EP is just about done! So incredibly excited and impatient (lol) to share it with you! We’re looking at a Fall 2019 Release. It’s got a little bit of everything on it – from the “pop bops” to the stripped ballads, and beyond. I’m really proud of this body of work and am grateful to be able to share it with the world and hope it moves people in some way.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes! The first show is Saturday, June 8th at The Peppermint Club in Los Angeles! Following that, they’ll be another LA date and a few dates along the West Coast throughout the fall. Really excited to perform live more, as it really does offer such a cool and unique connection with the listeners.
What else is happening next in Anna Dellaria’s world?
Primarily gearing up for the EP Release and planning some more shows. However, there are already a dozen new songs that I’m equally as excited about. Looking to wrap those up soon and keep exploring new directions in both writing and production.