An Interview With 15-Year-Old Promising Singer ANNELIEELINA All About Her Just Released EP ‘Purity’ and More!
Formerly known as Annelie, the promising singer-songwriter now goes by annelieElina!
After being surrounded as a young child by all kinds of music from her parents and brother and even learning the piano in Kindergarten, it’s no wonder that music is now such a large of annelieElina’s life.
Interestingly, her music first got online when her mom started a private Youtube channel for her family in Sweden to stay updated on her music. Eventually, a friend of their family sent one of the videos to Thomas Barsoe at OC Hitfactory in Orange County. He contacted just 12-year-old annelieElina and asked her to come into the studio and potentially work with him. She did do and immediately began working with Jessica Cabral, an amazing vocal coach (Muchow now), Robbie Dean, and Thomas Barsoe. OC Hit is in fact where she wrote and recorded her first 5 originals, and sang tons of covers. These are all under the artist name ‘Annelie’ (separate Spotify, Itunes and Vevo channel).
Then in 2017, she was invited to write with Mark Merthe and Nate Evans at a studio in the outskirts of LA called ‘The Drive’. Actually, one of the tracks on her brand new EP was originally produced and written with them and Swedish producer Johan Lindbrandt. The track that is now called “Recover” started out as “No Rain, No Flowers” when she actually wrote about 2 1/2 yrs ago!
Moving forward, at the end of 2018 annelieElina was approached by Ronald Moss from Honua Music. She began writing with Mike Pappas and it was instantly songwriting chemistry! This certainly shows through in her EP, “Purity.”
Along with all of this, the singer was also dealing with a new diagnosis of Chronic Idiopathic Intrinsic Urticaria, which is an auto immune disorder where you unexpectedly get severe allergic reactions involving breathing difficulties as well. It happens at random times and there are no triggers. Thankfully today her symptoms are medically controlled and she can live life very regularly with less outbreaks.
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Learn more about annelieElina in the following All Access interview-
Thank you for your time! So what does a typical day look like for you lately?
Thank you for interviewing me! Well, I am a high school student so I go to my classes first. After school, I’m home for about an hour or two and then go to practice. Once I get home it’s pretty much me trying to knock out my homework and studying. On the weekends it’s a bit different since I have some more time for music and other things. I always try to fit music into my week as well, but sometimes it can be hard!
Now that we are in the latter half of the year, how has 2019 treated you? What are some goals that you have had for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them or did you already? What are you already looking forward to in 2020?
2019 has been a year full of some really high points in my life but I also struggled with something called CIU this year which took over everything I did in my life for a few months. It took a big toll on my mindset and I wasn’t my normal energetic self. On the brighter side of things, one goal I set at the beginning of this year was to write a lot and potentially put out an EP. I am so so grateful to have been able to accomplish that and have such great people supporting me. Hopefully this EP brings a new chapter for me in 2020!
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
My mom grew up with music all around her in the countryside of Sweden as her mom and grandma were so immersed in it. They did not have a lot of money so she learned to make instruments herself out of everything. So I started singing while shaking my empty toilet paper rolls that we had filled with rice and banging old pots and pans with wooden forks for drums. My first ‘real’ instrument was a tiny wooden piano that I got in kindergarten and absolutely loved.
My brother was really the singer in the family growing up and was always rapping around the house. Then I started taking vocal lessons with his coach as well. My dad has always loved music as well and his parents both played the piano. I grew up listening to the Eagles, Loggins & Messina, Jimmy Buffet, Grateful Dead, and all of those bands from the 70’s and 80’s. I don’t think there was a certain point where I decided I wanted to be an artist because I didn’t really think that far ahead i guess. I just knew that I loved music and wanted to stick with it. I never expected to be writing my own music and releasing it out into the world.
What’s been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part about it all?
I never planned to be a songwriter and letting out my own music, so I think being able to do that and have people listen to it around the world is the most surprising to me. I am an indie artist at the moment, so I write with those who are willing to do so with me. I am so lucky to have collaborated with many talented producers and writers over the past few years. The benefits are that I get to create a sound that I feel belongs to me. But…it’s tough as far as promotion and to make videos too because there simply isn’t enough money to do all that on my own.
I would love to know more about how you decided to change your artist name recently? Why did you come to this decision?
Transitioning from Annelie to annelieElina was really for me to establish my new sound. The music I made before helped me develop what i want to create today. All of the new stuff I am letting out now is the start of that new chapter!
Let’s talk about your brand new EP that was released TODAY! Congrats on that by the way! How will you celebrate the release of “Purity”?
Yeah! Thank you so much! It’s very exciting for me! I will be going out with everyone who helped make this EP possible to celebrate! It feels SO surreal to me.
What was it like getting to co-writing this EP with Mike Pappas who is known for working with so many incredible big names in the industry?
Working with Mike has been great. He is a producer and writer who is incredibly amazing at what he does. This EP was for me to experiment and further develop my sound and Mike played a big role in making it all happen.
How would you say that your songs, “Veins” and “Let You Go” prepare listeners for the rest of the EP?
“Veins” and “Let You Go” really show the two sides of my EP. Some songs are more towards the vibe of “Veins” and others like “Let You Go” and most others are a combination of both.
Do you have any upcoming tour dates scheduled? How was your recent Hotel Café show in LA?
Performing at Hotel Café was a great experience for me! The atmosphere of the place is very welcoming and so many amazing artists perform there. Since the EP is now out, I definitely will be doing some more live shows in the LA area.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career?
I think social media is a very useful tool to spread your music amongst people. You can reach so many people with social media platforms but at the same time it is very time consuming. I think it’s very important to not focus so much on your social media as much as you should on your music. The music is what really matters.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
Some of my absolute favorite artists and those I listen to all the time are Julia Michaels, Billie Eilish, Clairo, Conan Gray, Alec Benjamin, Rex Orange County, and Gracie Abrams. Working with one of them in the future is right now in my eyes in another universe! That would be insane! but never say never right?
If you could design your dream music video right now, what would it look like?
It depends on the song, but I tend to lean more towards very simple and down to earth music video production. In my opinion, I think something very simple that communicates the meaning of the song purposefully can be more powerful than a high production video.
Where would you love to hear a song of yours played?
Hearing my songs played anywhere out in public would be crazy. My music being played on the radio though would be the most unbelievable!
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
When making music I always try to do it in a way so that listeners can relate to it. My main hope is for people to connect with my music and be able to use it as an outlet, because music is my outlet. Certain songs can just make you feel like nothing else can. Creating something that can make others feel how I feel when I listen to my favorite artists is my main goals
Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers?
I can never say enough how grateful I am for every single person who supports and listens to my music! Without you guys I wouldn’t be letting out this EP, so thank you, thank you, thank you! <3