Hi Anna, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great thank you, considering! Of course I’ve experienced the many ups and downs of the Covid rollercoaster, or what my boyfriend’s sister calls “Corollercoaster!” For me though, it’s been a really creative time. We’ve somehow managed to buy a new home and renovate it during lockdown, which has kept us busy and given us something to focus on and get excited about!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “We Could Be High”?
We Could Be High is my first release in a series of six. I’m going to be releasing a song a month for the next six months. I’m hash tagging these releases #newmoonnewtune. I get really effected by the moon cycles. The night before a full moon, I tend to have a full on meltdown! The next day I’m like a new woman, ready to take on anything and everything! We Could Be High is about the risks we need to take sometimes in order to reap the benefits. Falling in love can be scary. The vulnerability can cause us to want to run in the other direction. We Could Be High is a reminder that risking for love is a risk with taking.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I moved to Dublin to be with the man I love. That was a very scary decision to make as I’m a proud Londoner and love where I’m from. Ok also very independent and had been single for many years. So that kind of commitment felt huge. Turns out it was SO worth the risks. I’ve never been happier. I think that’s where this song came from for me.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Video is on the way!
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording and writing process was a real first for me. Simon Johnson and I wrote the song over Zoom. I was in my kitchen in Dublin, he was in his studio in The New Forest, England. Then we had the interesting task of recording the song with players all over the world. First Simon sent me an acoustic guitar track to sing a guide vocal to. That then went off to the drummer and keys player in Nashville. Simon added more guitars and bass and I then re sung my finished vocals. All parts where then sent off to be mixed in LA and mastered in London. So it was a real global effort!
What role does Dublin play in your music?
Randomly (or perhaps divinely intended) I grew up listening to Irish music. I’m a huge Mary Black fan. So for me to now live, write and record in Ireland feels very full circle.
How did your time in Nashville get to influence your music?
My time in Nashville forced me to do better as a musician. The standard over there is so high and being in and amongst that kind of excellence made me work harder and really hone my craft.
How has the likes of Carole King and Sara Bareilles influenced your writing?
Carole King is one of my song writing heroes, as I’m sure she is for many. She’s also Jewish, like me, and kind of looks a bit like my Mum! So I feel very connected to Carole King and have always looked up to her. What I admire most about her songwriting is her ability to write a song which instantly feels familiar. She also manages to make fairly complicated chord sequences sound really simple and satisfying. She’s just brilliant!
Does the new single mean we can expect an album– how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’ve definitely got an new album in me and after this series of releases, that’s what I’ll be focusing on.
Any plans to hit the road?
I can’t wait to play live again. I don’t have a tour booked as of yet. We’re in strange time in terms of travelling so it’s hard to say when I’ll be on the road but it will happen.
What else is happening next in Anna Krantz’s world?
Decorating our new home is the most exciting thing going on in my world right now. I love being able to put my creativity into making a home. Choosing paint colours, wall paper and furniture is so much fun!