Interview with singer songwriter Annie Green:
Hi Annie i seen you perform at a recent open mic night and i thought you were amazing, you have great stage presence and a beautiful voice. Can i ask what age you are and where you are from?
So I am from Bulgaria. Though I have something Greek and Russian from my mother’s side and I speak about 5 languages so I look and sound like nothing I’m 22.
How long have you been doing the open mic nights for?
I haven’t been doing open mics for long actually. It’s been literally like a couple of weeks. I am trying to do them more regularly so about 4-5 times a week. So I usually go spice of life or the library (the library because it has a nicer vibe), Dublin Castle, the Destiller, King William fourth, Noteworthy or the one in Hideaway on Sunday. I’m still not doing gigs but that is going to change soon.
What genre would you class yourself as ?
I do pop, with occasional pop-rock and hip-hop.
As a singer songwriter do you have a routine when you write your lyrics? do you need to be in a certain place, like somewhere quiet?
I usually either snap and start thinking about a situation (usually on the public transport) then slap me it’s December, or I sit in my room in the quiet and start analysing ‘okay why are you angry/upset/grateful?’, ‘ where does it come from?’, etc. Weird but oh well.
Then everything flows and I just want everything to make sense. And I tend to sometimes use a lot of metaphors.
The rest of the time it’s just literally what you hear is what it is. But I think it’s quite easy to get when am I being descriptive and when am I trying to be Kendrick Lamar with all those metaphors
So when you are songwriting you think of a mixture of things really?
songwriting-wise I would say... I don’t know if you have heard the term emotionally unaware ( I’m really into psychology) but that’s basically whenever you are afraid of emotions and refuse to acknowledge them or recognise them. Songwriting is actually my way of facing the emotion usually. The second song you heard on Tuesday was mine and that was so far the only song I’ve written and I was completely aware how I felt. It’s actually about 3 different people whose selfish need of self-validation annoyed me. All 3 people i wrote about were looking for guys to lead on, use for money and let down, and that’s something I do not approve of. Because who are they to make themselves feel better by using other people for money or by making them feel bad, sad, etc.
Great stuff, i love psychology.
So even though as musicians we are individuals and tend to have are own writing style, Who are your influences? Who made you want to start singing and writing music?
I properly started singing when I was about 10-11 and I watched High School Musical, beforehand I was doing arts. I Watched High School Musical 29 times exactly I knew all of the dances and the songs. Then I started sitting and learning the songs and karaoking (it’s a verb now) on them. Then I went from Hannah Montana and Justin bieber, to Tokyo Hotel and Linkin Park, to Eminem, to Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera. So I would say all of them influenced me and developed me music-wise as I went through listening to loads of different styles of music. I still try to listen to everything, I think the only artist I don’t listen to from the above mentioned are Tokyo Hotel and that’s only because I replaced them with slipknot.
So what are your plans for the future? What can we expect in the next 6 months from Annie Green?
I’m currently developing my social media presence. So concentrated over Facebook and Instagram, I used to have a YouTube channel. Mostly it got 12,000 views and then I remembered I needed to graduate so kinda left it for a while. I think if I restarted it now, because it’s been awhile, it would be pretty much like starting from scratch so might as well do Facebook and Instagram for now. At least it makes sense in my head
Thanks a lot for your time Annie I am sure you are going to go far you have the dedication, voice and are really putting the time in. I am sure the gigs will start coming soon.
If you are interested in following Annie's journey and checking out some of her stuff here are some of her links:
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