– A Swedish American artist with an amazing view of the world, Anouschka is a musician like no other. With goals of expanding cross cultural engagement in music and seeing an industry where women have broken the glass ceiling, she is truly an artist for the people. Even her latest single, “SHINE” focuses on the unsung heroes of our lives and their true importance.
Anouschka grew up playing music, having picked up the guitar around the age of 12. “I grew up in the States and in Europe and in Asia, traveling a lot because my dad was in the military. My grandmother gave me a guitar when I was 12 and I started to teach myself how to play and write songs. It was really because we were moving so much and I never really had a steady network. I was always a new kid at school and writing and singing became an outlet for me. Later on in life, I went to Berklee College of Music and I became a trained guitarist and studied songwriting there as well.”
Having had the opportunity to travel around the world and study a collection of different styles from Rock to Jazz to Blues and Afrobeat, Anouschka is able to put an unmatchable amount of versatility into her music. “I’m a very diverse artist. Because of my experiences, I have no boxes whatsoever.” Because of this, she has the opportunity to create a vast collection of music. “The Africa Collection, which “SHINE” is a part of, is called the Africa Collection because all of the
songs were created with local producers and with a very certain energy that’s very unique to Kenya where I was recording those songs through the years. I would say those songs are sort of on their own and very specific to themselves. The other songs in my catalog range from Blues, Jazz, Pop to Rock. The new songs that I am currently composing in logic are very jazzy and very chill.”
Similar to its creator, “SHINE” is a song with a particularly interesting story of its own. A song written for the unsung heroes, this track has a beautiful melody and meaning. “My favorite part of this song was when I was doing my vocal takes and my friend Pizo Dizo was sitting in the room with me for moral support. After we had done my vocal takes, she looked at me and said ‘Anouschka, you’re making me cry with this song.’ And I said, ‘Are you serious?’ and she was. Pizo is a tough girl, so I really didn’t expect it. She said, ‘Yeah, you really moved me with this song.’ I was so happy when she said that because if you create something and somebody tells you it stirs their soul in some way, there is no greater compliment. So, the minute she said that, I knew I was onto something with this one.”
Aside from her amazing new single, Anouschka has much more to come. She hopes to continue to put out new music of her own as well as continue to improve her producing skills so that she may help other women in the industry build themselves up and create their own music. “My goal is to produce more music on my own as well as start mentoring and also producing other upcoming artists. I’d like to teach other upcoming artists how to be stronger in their own narrative.” She also plans to continue to advocate for creating cross cultural connections in music and breaking down the boundaries between different cultures from an artistic perspective.
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