Driving forward from a momentous 2015 she has characteristically kept her foot firmly on the pedal keeping her musical output to the highest of standards. With this coming year looking more successful than the last, February has already seen her dropping a number of releases, including the eclectic tech-house production ‘Odd Concept’ (Diynamic) and her intricately crafted remix of DJ Tonio’s ‘Queen’ (Suara). On top of a hectic touring schedule, ANNA’s new EP “Redemption” is out on Terminal M with something new on Knee Deep In Sound coming soon. I Voice caught up with ANNA ahead of her headline set at Egg LDN: The Birthday on Saturday May 7th.
I am super excited, I’ve wanted to play at Egg LDN for a while and most of my friends have already played there and they just told me amazing things...Where in the world are you right now?
I am in São Paulo (Brazil); I came to play at Tomorrowland.
You’re coming to play Egg LDN’s Birthday and have you played at the club before and are you looking forward to headlining this event?
I am super excited, I’ve wanted to play at Egg LDN for a while and most of my friends have already played there and they just told me amazing things. Finally my time has come, and with a bigger responsibility now, being one of the headliners for their birthday party.
What can party people expect from your set, styles and sounds at the Egg LDN Birthday party?
Techno with groove! I’ve finished a lot of new work in the studio, some remixes, for Wehbba, Matador, and some originals and I can’t wait to test them there.
Do you have any secret weapons you can share with us?
Wehbba’s upcoming release on Knee Deep In Sound, both tracks are huge, my remix for Matador is getting some great reactions too, also Nick Curly’s remix for Christian Smith’s ‘Turn The Lights’, on Tronic.
How does it feel to have been working in Techno/tech house for the last few years or and what are you proudest moments/memories of your career so far and why?
I am living in a great moment right now - I’ve never thought I was gonna get this far but of course I’ve always dreamed about it. My tracks are doing really great, this week I had 3 tracks in the Techno Top 10, renowned labels are opening their doors for me, I am being asked to play in great places with big DJs, so I am very proud of this moment in my career; and playing for Carl Cox in Ibiza last year was a big one for me too.
I am being asked to play in great places with big DJs, so I am very proud of this moment in my career; and playing for Carl Cox in Ibiza last year was a big one for me too...What was your first break? Was it landing your huge residency at D-Edge, the world renowned club in Sao Paulo, and can you talk us through how that came about? Did this break set you on your path into music?
No, being a resident at D-Edge didn’t change much, it was more a Brazilian thing. I was a resident for a while at a party they had called SuperAfter. I think the breakthrough moment for me was when my productions started being noticed, like one of the first EPs I signed to Tronic called “Can’t Sleep”. Richie Hawtin played it a lot and it got me some attention.
You grew up in Amparo in the countryside of Sao Paulo and I understand your dad ran a night club in Brazil! How much of an influence was this and also Brazil in setting you on your path into music? Were there any other major influences such as key people, DJ's, producers or clubs etc.?
I think it had some influence on my decision as I grew up in this club atmosphere. I used to practice 10 hours a day with my dad’s vinyl records and we used to go record shopping together and play tunes together. Until I was 14 I didn't think about becoming a DJ and making music, but when my dad told me to try it, everything made sense to me and I never looked back. My major influence when I started was DJ Marky, when he played at the club. I was hypnotized with his technique and with the atmosphere he created and I decided I wanted to do the same.
What was your first big record and which of your tracks are you most proud of and why?
It was ‘Can’t Sleep’ on Tronic, a lot of big names played it, also it was my first track that entered the Beatport Top10 and it went on to be re-released 2 years later with a remix from Hobo. The tracks I’m most proud of is my Remix of Gorgon City's ‘Unmissable’, which I think I did a good job on. It’s a very emotional track, with good sounds and it makes me fly - it doesn’t even feel like it’s mine - lol :-)
Christian gives me lots of input on my tracks, helping me send my tracks to other labels sometimes...Christian Smith was an early supporter for you in your career and he’s on the Egg LDN; The Birthday line up, and can you tell us about your special relationship and how that came about?
I was a fan of Tronic and Christian Smith's work since I started. Tronic was the first label that supported me in 2011 when nobody really knew me. It is really difficult to get any response from the labels when you're starting, so you can imagine how happy I was.
Since then, we have become really close friends. We are like family and they’ve been helping me a lot with my career. Christian gives me lots of input on my tracks, helping me send my tracks to other labels sometimes and I like to hear his opinion about everything on my career, which labels to sign to, agencies, which remix to do etc. We have a nice relationship.
Before you leave can you please tell us what we should be listening to before we head off to Egg LDN: The Birthday on Saturday May 7th?
My new EP “Redemption” which is out on Terminal M.
Anna headlines Egg LDN: The Birthday alongside Christian Smith, Hector Cout0, Mark Jenkyn with Techno on The Terrace from Gary Beck, Harvey McKay, Cari Lekebusch and Luis Flores on Saturday May 7th. Smokin Jo, Feelings DJs and ROCTIV disco up The Loft, with Bite My Lip in Apothecary