Hi Ana, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Ana: Hey, thanks for having us! Quite good I must say! We are living an exciting period for Anaté – preparing the launch of our debut album, gradually releasing singles. This keeps us busy during the troubled times we are all facing.
Can you talk to us more about your first single “Confusion”?
Ana: “Confusion” was chosen as a first single because it strongly supports the main theme of the upcoming debut album, which is duality. The song is talking about the inner conflict between what we want and what we are “allowed” to want; between who we are and who we are expected to be; between emotion and reason.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was going through a period where I was questioning myself a lot – my choices, who I was, my art… I was putting a lot of pressure on myself and I felt like I was trapped between two worlds – one where I knew who I wanted to be, and one where I felt I could not escape who I was “programmed” to be (if it makes sense), either by my past, experiences, or society. Hence, the confusion :D.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
The video is already out on our Vevo channel on YouTube, you should definitely check it out! The Berlin-based Argentinian director Fausto Torelli Tulissi who helped me bring the idea to life chose a very beautiful way of presenting this “conflict” between the two worlds I was mentioning earlier.
The single comes off your new album Confessions – what’s the story behind the title?
The album is quite personal and sincere. The songs are inspired from what I’ve been experiencing during the time I wrote the album. As mentioned, the main theme of the album is duality, explored from different points of view. It is something that inspires me and that I have contemplated at different points, so I decided to write about it. The songs therefore turned into “confessions” of my contemplation. It is also the first time the public discovers who Anaté is; doing it as an album of confessions creates a certain intimacy between the artist and the listener.
How was the recording and writing process?
The recording took place in Milan in Andrea’s studio. The writing would most of the time happen long-distance. Andrea and I would come up with ideas and exchange them online, until we found something that inspired both of us. After that, each of us was off doing their own thing – Andrea producing and me coming up with the melody and lyrics.
What role does Milan play in your music?
Ana: Milan is the place where Andrea is based and also the place where we recorded all the songs. In the future it will most probably be the place where we will organize a few live shows with the band, to promote our debut album.
What is it about the 90s that you find so fascinating?
Ana: In my case, it might be the fact that it strongly impacted me as I was growing up – it was my first contact with music and music videos. I’m a 90s child and I grew up watching MTV. Back in those days, the “pop” music broadcasted was way more diverse and it definitely influenced my taste for various genres.
How the current pandemic influenced your writing?
The pandemic definitely focused our efforts from potential live acts to online activity or more creative tasks. We started exploring more and more different ideas for the next album, so I could say that the pandemic was quite productive from that point of view.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Ana: My inspiration for the lyrics lies in contemplating personal experiences or life in general (whether it’s my life, the life of people around me, or life as a concept). I am a very reflective person and all the questioning that happens in my head often finds release on paper. When it comes to writing the music, it’s just a matter of exploration and improvisation.
What else is happening next in Anate’s world?
Ana: We are currently very busy promoting the second single (First Time will be released on Jan 13th) and a few more are in store between now and the album release early June. In parallel we are writing songs for the second album: we are constantly creating and, as evolving musicians, discovering ourselves artistically every step of the way.