TRIPLE-PLATINUM SINGER-SONGWRITER ANANYA Talks With TMI About Her NEW SINGLE ‘BETTER’
You’ve been busy with music recently. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to over the past few months?
In 2018, I went platinum three times, which was so exciting for me because just a couple of years ago I was still doing really low-key gigs around London. At the end of the year, I played at Asia’s biggest EDM festival Sunburn, where Axwell & Ingrosso and Armin Van Buuren were also performing, which was epic. And last week I released my latest track ‘Better’. I have loads more music coming out this year, including my first EP in April. There’s a lot going on and I’m loving every minute.
You have worked with some well known producers. What have you gained from working with them?
One of the coolest parts of my career is that it’s allowed me to work with some incredible talents, from Sean Kingston (our collab will be coming out very soon, stay tuned!), to Mood Melodies, to Afrojack.
You learn so much working with artists of different genres and from different parts of the world. Making music with other people also helps you move a song to the next level by taking you out of your comfort zone and introducing you to new musical processes.
You just released your eagerly awaited new single ‘Better’ and your supporters have been loving the new song!! What has been your reaction to all the support your new single has gotten?
I went quite electro and dance-y with Better. I wanted to create something really fun that would have the same effect whether you’re at festivals or just driving in the car. It’s a song to pump-up your mood and remind you of all the beautiful things in life that you have to be grateful for and the people who lift you up and make you better.
Music has always been there for me and been able to transport me to any space regardless of my surroundings. I wanted to try and give that to other people and put some good vibes out in to the world.
Do you have any shows coming up?
Yes! I actually just announced, via Instagram and Facebook, six gigs (all free!) in India. Fans can sign up on my website www.ananyabirla.com
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
I genuinely love meeting and hanging out with my fans – I got super lucky with a fanbase who are so fun. I read every comment and message they send and I’m so grateful for them. Something people may not know about me is that I am super possessive about my fans!
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
Instagram is my favorite, I think it’s the best platform to build a relationship with my fans. It’s by far the easiest to update when I’m on the move and I think gives the most insight into what I’m really like. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook too. You can follow me here:
Will there be an ep/album out soon?
I’m planning to release an EP (my first ever!) in April. I’m working on an EP rather than a longer album because I want to keep up the momentum I’ve built, and actually play around with a variety of sounds. There will be a good mix on there, we have been working with artists from all over the world including two amazingly talented rappers from Nigeria.
What’s an average day for you look like?
Every day – every hour in fact – is totally different. I work most days (I’m not good at taking time off) and usually spend my mornings focused on my businesses in India, then the rest of the day is devoted to the music. I’m usually writing or recording in the studio, preparing for a gig, heading for meetings with producers or my management or brainstorming ideas for a video. I love the variety.
I also exercise at least three times per week; I think it’s good for mental health as well as physical. I play football, dance, do a yoga class, surf or even just hit the gym. Whatever I can fit in.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Thank you for all of the support, I love you all! And stay tuned for the upcoming music, it’s going to be a big year. Also remember to always stay true to you, no matter what other people might say.