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INTERVIEW: Anie Delgado

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

Amazing! This is such an exciting time for me.

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

Yes! I wrote Galaxy one afternoon on my guitar but the idea had been floating around in my head for a while. I had just met with PJ Bianco for the first time and he challenged me to “bleed on the page” and write something really real and raw. I’m at a really happy time in my life and as much as I love to write sad songs, I just took what I was feeling and ran with it.

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

It came from one of those late night pep talks from a good friend, when I needed it the most. I had just gotten dumped on my birthday and my friend was like “STOP. You don’t need him. You’re a galaxy. You’ve got everything you need.”

I carried that idea with me like a mantra and really loved my independence, but when I met someone who totally stopped me in my tracks, I realized that I didn’t have to lose myself to someone else to be with them. People and relationships can be so draining, but it’s magical when you find that person that fits right in with you. Flowing around each other intertwining, but independent.

So when PJ challenged me to write something really raw, I sat down that afternoon and wrote the majority of the song. A week later, I was at Coachella watching people dance and I realized that we’re all kind of a galaxy. Really it’s about whatever makes you feel infinite and complete. It’s about those perfect moments when everything is in sync Sometimes that’s through self-love, sometimes it’s friend-love, sometimes it’s romantic-love, and sometimes it’s just loving a total stranger’s vibe.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

It was so much fun. I had the BEST crew. I’m really type A so it’s hard for me to let others take control, but I really wanted everyone’s creativity to thrive on this project so I just put together an inspiration board and prepped the team with my vision and let them create from there. They really came through.

The director Brandon Buczek is truly a champion at pulling together amazing people and communicating the vision. It was so much fun to see things unfold throughout the (really long haha) day. Everything was so creative from my makeup to my wardrobe to the cinematography to the direction and so on. A lot of people who worked on the project were personal friends and it just reminded me what a cool place LA is. Everyone is so uniquely talented and I love projects where that shines through.

Honestly, the toughest part was waiting for the visual effects because I was so excited. The VFX artist, James Elijah Aguilar made my dreams come true and took me to space! He’s crazy talented. I can’t wait to share the video.

How was the recording and writing process?

Easier than I thought! I sat down one afternoon and wrote the song on my guitar. I had a really great feeling about it from the beginning because of how easily the song came to me. The lyrics unfolded because I just knew the story I was telling and what I was trying to say.

On the day that I went into the studio to record, I had worked myself up beforehand and was ready to be in the studio for hours and hours, but it only took a few. PJ is so amazing at developing new artists — he brought really great ideas to the table. He and co-writer Nick Lee immediately got the vibe that the song needed to be and helped me make it happen.

What was it like to work with PJ Bianco and how did that relationship develop?

I love working with PJ because he’s really straight forward. You don’t always get that in this industry so I consider him a gem. I met PJ through Jeff Gordon. Jeff was helping me find the right producer to work with and suggested PJ. I immediately loved his vibe. He was just like, “What do you want to do?” He was really focused on starting from my own roots and foundation and building from there so he challenged me to go home and write something really raw on my guitar. He told me not to worry about production or style or brand. That was really freeing. I feel like I was able to revisit how I originally started writing music – simply on my guitar. Since then, I’ve been writing some of the best music I’ve written so I really owe that to his advise.

Even though first impressions were great, you never really know how it’s going to go down in the studio, but it was so easy to work with him and after we recorded “Galaxy” we made plans to do more songs. Now he’s helping to develop my sound. I’m really grateful.

How much did he get to influence the song?

He spearheaded the production for sure. When I got to the studio, I played the song for him on my guitar and he and Nick started creating the track. He really wanted it to be vibey and sexy. He has a great ear and found the perfect key where the intricacies of my voice could shine through. He also helped coach me on the delivery which was really important. I used to sing classical music and pop is a totally different game. I learned so much working with him.

What role does LA play in your music?

LA has been so important. I was living in NYC beforehand and loved it there but didn’t feel like the heart and soul of the industry was there. I took the leap to move to LA to meet producers and creatives in the industry and that’s exactly what happened. Also, it’s nice to be out of the NYC hustle, I feel like I have far more time to write now which is amazing because I feel like artists should write every day if they can.

How do you go on blending and balancing your 2000s love with the 90s angst?

It’s funny because even though those two time periods are close in proximity the attitude is really different. I love the pop music of the early 2000s because I grew up with it, but that rebellious, 90s angst is kind of just part of my personality. I think the 2000s taught me what solid pop writing is and the 90s grunge I listen to taught me how to make it cool.

How does your Latin roots influences your writing as a whole?

I think the biggest influences from latin music are rhythm and love. I’m a romantic and a lot of the latin music I grew up on is really soulful and romantic. I think that shines through in subject matter. Besides that, I always want to make people dance when I write so I try and sneak in some latin rhythms whenever I can. I wrote a song in “spanglish” not too long ago. I’d love to write in spanish more often. I love my heritage and my latin fans are so sweet on Instagram so it would be really fun to include that even more in my music.

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

Absolutely. This is a really clearly defined beginning for me. I am writing every single day and have plans to go back to the studio at the end of the month. I’m really lucky to have such a supportive community online that always asks for more new music, so that’s it: game face on, I’m making new music every day.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing specific! I have a notebook of so many songs, but there’s no clear front-runner yet. I can say that releases will be frequently. I love working with PJ so I’m ready to just make music all of the time.

Any plans to hit the road?

I sometimes book shows when I travel anyways so you may see me in Miami or New York City. Touring is my absolute dream though so I am working hard to write some amazing songs soon. I have fans that reach out to me on Instagram from all over the world so it would be really special to meet them in person.

What else is happening next in Anie Delgado’s world?

I’m playing a show on July 27th at The Ivar in Hollywood! I’m really excited for that. Performing is my first love and I’ve been dying during this recording process to get on stage. Other than that, I’m just really focused on writing and creating and whatever opportunities that brings. I’d love to collaborate with other artists in the near future so that’s on my radar for this fall.

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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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