London-based vocalist Anna Wolf has worked and collaborated with numerous artists and producers such as Ed Kowalczyk, Ken Stringfellow, Tim Palmer, Jamie Morrison and Pete Boxta Martin. Her latest single is ‘Silence’, which delves into her struggle with anxiety which was born in her childhood by bearing witness to domestic violence. We spoke to Anna to find out more about her latest release.
To me, life makes sense when looking backwards, and if we stop expressing, we die.
First up, tell us a bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
Whilst growing up my parents use to play music in the house all the time. From Bach, Marilyn Manson and even discovering some techno-based beats by 2 Unlimited. Every single genre that you can think of I was exposed to.
My mom use to always sing around the house, sounds of nostalgia as the humming of Carin Carpenter songs were introduced to me. When singers like Avril Lavigne popped up into the scene I knew I wanted to start a band.
I manifested from a very young age that I wanted to create and would do anything to perfect my craft at it. My dad bought me my first guitar at age 14 and I signed my first record deal at age 15. The rest is history and here I am.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
Plenty. The artist that I truly look up to are people like Johnny Cash, Selena and even though he is not a musician, Alexander Mc Queen. Alexander made me see that if you can manifest what you know to be good at, no one is able to steer you off your path. Pushing boundaries and thinking outside of the box is what I live and breath for.
How would you describe your style?
Alternative. Lets not box things too much. Come to a show and see for yourself.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you choose?
Nick Cave, Woodkid, Mick Jagger.
Tell us about your new single ‘Silence’. What’s it about?
‘Silence’ talks about my own personal struggle with anxiety. The journey of self actualisation and finding strength in your vulnerability. I have slowly bust surely become stronger in myself. Finding that my anxiety is not my story anymore.
Knowing that my thoughts aren’t me, I find my strength in practising that being the observer of my emotions is what is key to not letting my thoughts become me. Knowing that I am my higher self and that I am capable of doing anything if I put my entire “BE-ING” into it.
When did you write it, and where did you record it?
Some parts of the song was written a few years back whilst I was still living in South Africa. I finished the track in London though at a studio called The Matrix with producer Pete Boxta Marten and Danté Johnson.
How does ‘Silence’ represent your style?
The various dynamics and animation of vocal sounds is a pretty good sum of who I am. Full of colour and not predictable. I can’t help but to always think outside of the box not being afraid to be challenged. The song takes you on a journey, a roller coaster ride. Hauntingly beautiful and executed with ease.
The video portrays how your inner demons are the obstacles that hold you back. Can you tell us more about the concept?
I think you summed it up pretty well. The only thing that I may add to this, is that even though I look extremely emotional during my performance of, inside, I am beaming of light and proud of my journey. It is all about connecting the dots. To me, life makes sense when looking backwards, and if we stop expressing, we die.
What’s the reaction to ‘Silence’, both the song and the video, been?
My followers are very supportive. It’s been really good thus far. The views on VEVO and social media continues to grow.
What other plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Playing a really cool theatre on Friday, July 12th at Mirth, Marvel and Maud in E17, South African Tour, starring in my first feature film, writing music in studio for a feature film. Lots to be excited about! Really grateful for all of it.
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen for you this year, what would it be?
To continue implementing the correct business decisions to to sell out Shepard’s Bush in 2020, and then to closely follow in selling out the O2.
Watch the video for ‘Silence’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to Anna Wolf’s Facebook page.