Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I think music has been my thing my whole life, I’ve just become more courageous to start digging deeper into my musical abilities 3 years ago when I moved to the UK.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I’m Ana, 28 year old singer/songwriter and I moved from Croatia to the UK at the beginning of 2020 after I gratuated from university. In 2020, when the pandemic just started and I couldn’t go anywhere, I wrote my first song, ‘How u want it’, and recorded myself on the phone. Soon after I went to the studio and released it. Two months after, I went through the same process and released ‘Catch this vibe’ at the beginning of December. That’s where I hit the break a bit. Next single ‘Shine’ was in October 2022. In those 2 years I was working on myself as a musician, learning and building my own home studio where I recorded ‘Shine’. Come 2023 and the first song of the year is ‘Glow’ and I couldn’t be more happier, only knowing so much more is coming.
Name me your 3 favourite Albums.
Sweetener – Ariana Grande
Life On Earth – Summer Walker
Dangerously In Love – Beyonce
What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?
I don’t know if I can pinpoint a specific song, but I remember when I first heard Summer Walker and her songs. The soulfulness and emotions in her voice touched every part of my soul and that’s when I knew I wanted to do the same. I just knew I could do it.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?
I believe I’m at the very beginning of my career and I’m very proud of myself already. I don’t have a need to compare myself to anybody so I’m just doing my own thing and making my own way. I know it’s going to be a hard process and there’s going to be some struggles but I feel like nothing can stop me from moving forward.
I’m seeing a lot of debate about women not feeling safe at music gigs, any thoughts on what we need to do to help?
I think that subject should definitely be talked about more, and what we can do is if anyone who is witnessing or doubting anyone being harassed should try to stop it and speak out, and the person who is experiencing it should react at the first sign of it, even if it seems like a small thing, and definitely talk to someone and report if needed.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Things I focus on are being active on socials and letting people know who I am, actively and unapologetically promoting myself, and also making some content on the side that is not specifically about my music. I think no one can make a mistake if they’re genuine about what they’re doing.
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I like to wake up early, I hate shopping and I don’t like chocolate.
What’s your thought on Spotify’s monopoly on the music industry?
I haven’t thought about it much but now that you ask I don’t think there’s any fairness to musicians concerning how much Spotify earns on us and how much we receive.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
Yes, I do. There are to many facts out there not to. All I’m going to say is we need God.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
Not particularly. I was quite moderate about everything and wasn’t panicking as much.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I’m from Croatia but I’ve never written a song in Croatian.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I enjoy working and recording from the comfort of my own home the most.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
‘Glow’ is my favourite so far. You can listen to it on repeat and not get bored. I talk about longing for someone and describing it in a delicate way.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
At that moment I was writing about how I felt. I was missing my person and wanted to describe it in the most precious way possible. I was just thinking about how special that person is and the words came out.
What was the recording process like?
Honestly, the night I started recording, I didn’t feel like recording as I usually do but something was telling me I should. So I found a beat and just started singing and pouring my thoughts out. It came quite easily. I wrote first verse and chorus that night, and the second verse the next night. One more day I spent doing some adlibs and harmonies with my fellow musician and friend who also recorded the outro of the song.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I’m always learning how to make a good structered song, how to be most natural while composing and singing and to be genuine.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I just want to say I’m very grateful for doing this interview with you guys, I appreciate anyone who listens to my music and hope it has a good and positive impact