Don't Let Anybody Take Away Your Right To Express Yourself
For a long time, Anieszka was scared to write about what she really wanted to say. We learn that in the industry, the people that make it are people that follow 'invisible' rules in order to succeed. Her Story.
'Grow' was the first step in that direction. Anieszka was so pulled down by what she felt she had to be in order to succeed. "I'm human, insecurities and doubts flare up at times, even if for the most part I'm pretty put together and happy within myself. I was so conflicted about having to be more of this and more of that to get further in the industry, until it clicked one day that I am exactly who I am, and that's enough. I started thinking about all the people in my life who are talented and have so much to give to the world, but haven't followed a path towards making it a reality. That's when I wrote Grow, and soon after decided it was going to be the first release off of my EP 'Elixir'. I was terrified. I was about to release a song that was filled with a whole lot of truth, as an independent artist with no management, PR or label backing me up. It was a huge risk, and I wasn't sure if it was the right move in terms of success, but it felt like the right move as an artist."
'Grow' had an incredible response, featuring on the Future Classic Office Radio Spotify playlist and the Australian Music Scene Spotify playlist, and gaining airplay on a radio station.
'Elixir' was filled with five songs, each of them very different to the other. The varying sounds/genres were a rule breaker. Usually an EP has an overall sound, and most of the songs relate to each other in some way. Anieszka's? Nope. Again, she took a risk. "I had a lot to say, and I crafted each song to express myself in my truest form. It became evident during the writing process that I had different sounds to express, and I wasn't comfortable in hiding that in order to fit the 'norm'. Deep down I knew the right people would connect with this EP, but the originality of it still played on my mind."
Once the EP was released, Anieszka did her best to push it but now that she looks back on it, she doesn't think enough was done. "I was still scared. Hard to confess but I felt like I had released a body of work that I was very proud of, but that did not reach its full potential because it didn't fit the standard. I did stand up for it, but perhaps not as much as I should have."
Fast forward a few months and Anieszka has dropped a brand new single called 'When Will This Begin' with UK producer Dat Gruvee. The story behind the song is special. The producer and Anieszka met on Instagram. They connected and began talking about music, life, the stars, déjà vu; deep things. "I was flying to London a few weeks later so once I was there, we met up and our connection deepened in person. As expected, feelings developed and it felt mutual, but I soon found out he had a girlfriend. I had to push my feelings aside as we sat in the studio together to create a song, and mind you, I was feeling a LOT. "What do you want to write about?" he asked. I knew I had two options: write about something random or write about exactly what I was feeling in that moment. I told him to give me ten minutes, and I ended up writing the song."
The lyrics were raw and intimate. Anieszka hadn't really expressed herself in this way, and felt exposed. "I kept thinking to myself, if this becomes the next single release, how would listeners react? I'm an artist that speaks about deep things; will these lyrics be accepted?"
Read Anieszka's full story on Music Talks and hear her latest single, 'When Will This Begin'. https://www.musictalks.xyz/
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