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BtR: What is your latest single about and how did you come up with the idea?
ANZI: My latest single is called “Run Away” and when I came up with idea behind this song, I was thinking about all the new changes going on in my life right now, which causes a whole mix of emotions as does any change. The lyrics of “Run Away” tells the story of having that one crazy, fun night with the person you love- just you and them- and running away from your responsibilities and not having to think about all the worries that being an adult brings.
BtR: We noticed that you had several videos on YouTube.com. When are you coming out with more videos and what will they be for?
ANZI: I’m so glad you had a chance to check out my videos on YouTube! The plan is to do a music video for “Run Away” and for my other single “On My Own”. We have some pretty cool ideas for the videos so I’m very excited about that. I also may do a few more cover videos on songs that are popular right now. I’d love to do a cover for “Rockabye” by Clean Bandit.
BtR: As a pop singer, what are your biggest challenges regarding your image and vocal sound?
ANZI: I think my biggest challenge is that I don’t think I fit nor do I want to fit into the stereotypical image and sound of a pop singer. I don’t want to change my look and who I am just to fit into the pop scene. Although it may sound cheesy, it’s important for me to stay true to myself and stay grounded throughout this music process.
As I mentioned before, my sound is a bit different than other pop artists. My sound is unique since I was classically trained with a big emphasis on musical theater. However, rather than thinking of these differences as challenges, I think it has actually helped. People who have listened to my music have said that they find my uniqueness refreshing since people are ready for a change in the world of pop.
BtR: Name three singers which inspire you: one from the 80's, one from the 90’s, and one current artist? Why?
ANZI: From the 80’s, it would have to be Madonna. She definitely paved the way for 80’s female pop singers and she was and still is such an amazing entertainer. From the 90’s, I love Gwen Stefani. When you listen to her songs from her No Doubt days, she has a such a unique sound and I love how she always did her own thing and never conformed to society’s standards of what was expected of a pop singer back then. For a current singer, I really respect Alessia Cara. She is incredibly talented, especially for being so young, and I love how she embraces her natural look since she openly talks about not wearing makeup and staying true to her herself despite her fame.
BtR: Tell us about your upcoming performances, where we can find you on social media, and where your music is for sale?
ANZI: I’m excited to share that I will be performing on June 3rd in Washington, DC for the Crohns and Colitis Take Steps Walk. It will be a great event since not only does it support a great cause but the performance will be near the Washington monument, which is pretty awesome.
I will also be adding a few more performance dates on my social media page, which is facebook.com/anzi01 and you can also follow me on Instagram at anzi_andi where I post a lot of behind the scenes work on my music.
My music is available to buy on iTunes and Amazon and I’m also on Spotify.
BtR: What are your music goals for 2017?
ANZI: My music goal for 2017 is to write a third single and I want to write a song for my daughter. I just had a baby back in November 2016 and being a new mom is the biggest joy I have ever had so I’d love to dedicate a song to her.
BtR: What is the music scene like in your area and how do you see yourself fitting into that?
ANZI: The music scene in DC is huge. We are lucky in that there are many clubs and music venues where new artists can perform. I may do a few performances in those venues but right now, my plan is to do a few events and focus on writing and recording more songs.
BtR: If you were stuck on an island, name 5 things you would have to have?
ANZI: Oh, this is a tough one! I would bring music, books, and drawing materials for entertainment and because life would be sad without music. I would also bring lots of delicious food and of course, chocolate… definitely chocolate.