What is your name?
Anna Elyse

What is your genre of music?
folk-pop, indie folk, singer/songwriter

Give us a little bio about you.
I’m a singer, songwriter, and producer from Orange County, California. I graduated from UCLA (B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, specifically Poetry) and then attended audio engineering school (SAE LA), where I fell in love with all the steps of the music creation process. Aside from writing incessantly, I grew up dancing. I found that the music studio was similar to being in the dance studio. It provided that same feeling of being completely enmeshed in a project.
Fun Fact: While working in a private Def Jam recording studio, I ended up on a few of Logic’s albums (Under Pressure, The Incredible True Story, No Pressure).

What made you go into music?
I just always felt like it was where I was supposed to be. I danced around it for years and learned all the steps of the process before finally jumping in with both feet.

Who are your influences?
Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band, Dermot Kennedy, Fiona Apple

You released your new single ‘Slot Machines’, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
This song is about finding you have outgrown a situation. Like playing a slot machine, you keep trying to hit the jackpot, to have it feel the way it used to, but it’s just not the same anymore. You’ve completely changed and there’s no going back.

Describe the track in two words.
contemplative, locomotive

What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote “Slot Machines” one quiet day at my piano, and the production came together pretty swiftly. I co-produced this with my friend, Max Mialet.

Who did you work with on the single?
My friend, Max Mialet co-produced it with me. I mixed it, and Fili Filizzola mastered it.

Will we see a music video for ‘Slot Machines’, and if so, what can we expect from the creative process?
Maybe! I’ll keep you posted!

Will we see an EP or album and if so, what can we expect from it?
Soon! You can expect a folk-pop vibe filled with poetry.

Do you have any live shows coming up?
In the works!

What else can we expect in late 2023?
More music! Some live shows and more collaborations with other producers and artists.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Playing larger venues, with a growing fanbase and lots of new music. I’ll also be producing, mixing, and writing for others.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Better done than perfect.” Also, just the idea of having grit and a growth mindset.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
a bunch of my favorite picks, my guitar, a good non-alcoholic specialty drink (like a ginger shot, or sparkling water infused with something), a notebook, my favorite crystals

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Instagram: iamannaelyse Twitter: iamannaelyse Threads: iamannaelyse Facebook: iamannaelyse Tiktok: iamannaelyse

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