ARTIST NAME: Anisa
SONG TITLE: Warrior
RELEASE DATE: August 6, 2018
Anisa – Supertones
State your reason for choosing music as a career.
I don’t think I ever chose music as a career… Music chose me. It has just always been a part of my life since I was a child.
Music, to me, is the best way to express yourself, the best outlet for your thoughts or feelings, and it is the universal language… so what better way to get all those messages across? Music has always been an important channel for me.
Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.
I use a few different methods… My daughter and I tend to have our conversations with melody… we sing everything. That’s pretty much how my songs are written. I sing what I’m feeling; our thinking, and if I feel the vibe, I continue writing the song.
Sometimes I just write my thoughts down on paper and if I see I have a song, I begin to structure it accordingly.
Other times, my husband would be in the studio creating a beat or a full track, and lyrics just tend to flow naturally from there.
Share your press release and reviews with us.
Here are some reviews received for this song:
“I like the beat to this song. I would recommend this song to others. I would like to hear more from this artist in the future. I think this will be a hit.”
“I liked the techno sound. The lyrics are inspiring and encouraging that you can survive after a break-up. Makes my foot tap involuntarily! The song structure is good.”
“Overall, this was a great song and I really enjoyed listening to it. The vocals were beautiful. The sound quality was excellent! I look forward to more from this artist in the future.”
“The vocalist is the best part of this song. She has a very nice melodic voice that is very clear and controlled. I like the beat of the song – great for dancing. This is a fun song for hanging out or for a party.”
“This definitely sounds like a polished song I would hear on the radio or even in a TV show. The singer sounds like any one of the Disney or Nick alumni artists that are out now, and would fit right in with that style of music.”
“I like the way the singer sounds, very clean and precise. I like the energy and the message of this. The beat is catchy and makes me want to go clubbing. Very good.”
Discuss your life outside the music world.
First and foremost, I’m a mom. I have a beautiful 6-year-old handful who is just as passionate as I am. I volunteer at school, take her to and from gymnastics, do laundry, cook, and all the other normal mom things. I have a wonderful husband/best friend that I love spending time with. I run two businesses from home mostly, we have band rehearsals every week, tour a few times a year, and in our spare time, we love to travel, especially via cruise. We’re huge cruise fanatics. Spare time at home consists of movie nights or random studio or piano time as my husband is a producer and has produced almost all of my songs the past 20 years, and my daughter does vocals warm-ups, and exercises with me. She’s got an incredible range, can sing beautifully and freestyles her own lyrics, but she’s still too shy to sing in front of others. We also try to do a lot of charitable work whenever we can. I would say we’re a pretty normal family who just loves music.
Discuss your music career.
I have been singing for over 20 years now as the lead female vocalist and song-writer for The Supertones Band, USA’s most-toured Chutney Soca band.
We have toured all across the US, Canada, Guyana, Suriname, Holland, Spain, and more. We are the first Chutney Soca band to ever play off-Broadway, which we’ve done 2 years in a row, once as the backing band, the second time as the backing band, and actors/actresses in the play. We have had our songs featured in a few movies, as well. I won “Video of the Year” at the 2011 West Indian Music Awards for my hit single, “Tek Sunita”, as well as “Female Singer of the Year” at the 2013 West Indian Music Awards.
Our band has won lots of awards over the years, as well, like “Best Recording Band”, “Best Performing Stage Band”, and “Best Crossover Band”, just to name a few.
Because of our love for so many other genres and styles of music, I decided to crossover into the mainstream American market where I can do more than just Chutney Soca. “Warrior’ is my first pop/dance single, with many others being released soon on my upcoming pop album.
Elaborate on your artist’s name.
For the past 20 years, I’ve been called “Princess Anisa”. I never chose that name, it was given to me as a stage name, and that’s how people knew me. As I got older, I started to dislike it. I was never a “Princess”, I was always a tom-boy, rough and rugged, never liked to make up or heels much, and always worked hard, so I felt like that the name “Princess” gave the wrong impression of me. Add that to the fact that I’m older now and my husband and I decided to crossover into the mainstream American pop market, we thought it was the right opportunity to drop “Princess” and I can finally be me, just “Anisa”.
List your five favorite music videos with reasons.
THRILLER – Michael Jackson – What a unique, out-of-the-box video for its time!
FIGHTER – Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera did an amazing job depicting the powerful lyrics of this song. It was innovative and captivating.
GANJA BURN – Nicki Minaj – Nicki Minaj has done a truly amazing job with this video… the storyline, the setting, the cinematography, and the unexpected content for this particular song.
JUST LIKE FIRE – P!nk – In her own magical world… again, I love the originality… the craziness, really.
SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift – I love Taylor Swift’s raw, down-to-earth personality in this video. Different from the majority of videos where the artist is flawless, perfect, sitting on a throne, etc.
RISE – Katy Perry…. Wanted to throw this one in, too… the content is simple, yet powerful and her acting skills totally did it justice.
Tell us your source of inspiration.
Life. I think I’ve had a pretty interesting life, lived in many different places, and encountered many different things, both good and bad. I’ve grown as a person tremendously through each phase of my life, as everyone else does, but always with an interesting story. These experiences are my inspiration. Almost every song I have written comes from either my personal experience or those of someone else in my life.
Tell us your impression of dealing with paparazzi.
Everyone’s got a job to do, and I could imagine that would be a pretty exciting job for the right person.
As long as they know their boundaries, you can’t blame them for doing their job. Plus, sometimes it’s the paparazzi that help make an artist popular anyway. (Any publicity is good, right?) If they can make a buck off of giving an artist publicity, then it’s a win-win… AS LONG AS they know their boundaries and they don’t skew anything the wrong way.
Elaborate on the recording of this song.
The recording of this song was pretty interesting. This story describes my experience with domestic abuse, albeit in a very general way, and so it was a difficult song to record in the studio. I did my vocals in my husband’s studio, and knowing my story, he was very patient with me and very encouraging.
We decided to pass this song to Trey Vittetoe for production because we felt that Trey’s experience with this style of music would bring something fresh to our repertoire, and we were right. The video shoot for this song was even tougher, though. The first day, we shot all the action shots, B-role, with our good friend, Paul Clukey. He’s always such a happy person, so loving with a great big heart, and to see him act that role was so interesting. At first, he caught me so off guard and I giggled a lot because in my head, “This is Paul, he’s one of the sweetest guys we know and here he is trying to be all tough, cursing me and stuff.” But as we progressed and got more into our roles, there were a lot less laughs.
I remember, as it got more physical and we had to do more takes, Paul said quietly, “OK so we have to do this part again”… and it made me realize that everyone in that room was feeling uncomfortable, just as I was. Almost everyone in that room has had some experience with domestic abuse and it was not an easy thing to act or see. We all knew, though, that this video would help many people out there. That was our motivation to keep going. We had a great team for the song and the video, and we know the main purpose of this project.
Tell us about your future projects.
This song, “Warrior”, is the first single in my upcoming album. I am hoping to release that album by early 2019, if not the end of the year. In addition to that, I am currently in the process of publishing my first book, which is based on my experience with domestic abuse. I feel that having a platform to talk about this topic will help give courage to those going through that now.
List the names of those that have supported you so far.
My band, Supertones, including my stage partner for many years, King Raj. He’s always shared the same positive philosophy that my husband and I share, focusing on the Law of Attraction and Gratitude.
I also have to thank my new band members for their support in helping me through this journey crossing over into the American pop market… Artie, Creighton, and Alan. My mom was always been a huge supporter, and right now my biggest fan is my 6-year-old daughter…
But everything I am today as an artist comes from my husband, Avi. He was my best friend since we were 15 when I used to be a dancer for the band. After a car accident injured my back, Avi suggested that I try to sing until it gets better, knowing that music runs through my veins and I needed to be in it somehow. My back never got to 100%, and I’ve been singing for over 20 years now. During all this time, he has been my manager, my producer, my director, my motivation, my rock, and has opened so many doors of opportunity for me.
Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.
I think it can be used stylistically in a recording, but not to the point where an artist won’t sound the same singing a song live.
Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.
Of course, quality is much more important than quantity, however, an artist should be able to be consistent and produce music regularly… out of sight, out of mind is twice as crazy in the music industry.
Tell us your viewpoint on comparing a music career to a non-music career.
I think the biggest difference between a music career and a non-music career is that with music, you never know what tomorrow holds. Each day is different, it’s magical, but it’s also harder in the sense that you can’t expect a steady paycheck… at least not when you’re just starting out. It’s a lot of unpaid hours, sleepless nights, let-downs, a lot of “No’s”, but yet somehow, it’s all worth it…
I can’t think of another career where one would go through all of that for no paycheck and still kept going unless of course, it’s some charitable or humanitarian work. Music just gives you this drive out of nowhere. You do it out of heart, not a need for a paycheck.
Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.
This helps in many situations, but today, a lot of music has become this amazing fusion of different styles and sounds, making it possible to be categorized in multiples genres or even creating new sub-genres.
Honestly, there are a few songs that we’ve done with so many different elements from jazz, chutney, soca, reggaeton, that when we asked other musicians to classify it, each one gave something completely different. That’s the beauty of music, though. It’s an art and you can make it whatever you feel.
State the genre you despise most with reason.
I don’t think I despise any genre at all… Being a multi-cultural person, I am influenced by so many genres… I’ve been performing Chutney, Soca, Reggae, Bollywood, Dancehall, Pop, Dance, R&B, Hip-Hop, Latin, and more for so many years, and grew up listening to Gospel, Bhajans, Qaseedas, Country, Jazz, Disco, Rap, K-Pop, Golden Oldies… it’s so hard to not be influenced by any genre as an artist. If anything, I think my least favorite is Disco, but I surely don’t despise it.
List your five favorite movies with reasons.
TITANIC – I honestly don’t know why, but I can’t ever stop watching it when it’s on TV. I think it may be the fact that such a horrible tragedy actually happened. I love true stories, and history, etc.
COUPLES RETREAT – This has to be one of the funniest modern comedies and I love all the actors/actresses in it. It also touches on real issues most people face in their relationships.
COCO – I’m a huge Disney fan and I love so many Disney movies, but this one got me right in the feels.
TAKEN – C’mon, you gotta admit the Taken series is a great set of movies. I love the action, the suspense, the acting is great, and honestly, any movie with Liam Neeson is a hit for me.
AIRPLANE – I hate to admit this to my husband, but yes, Airplane. He says you have to “lower your IQ to enjoy this movie”, but it’s still one of those movies you can’t stop watching if it’s on. Every line is hilarious.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
WARRIOR – This song is about someone breaking out of an abusive relationship after being “kept frozen alive like a prisoner”.
It describes the warrior having to come out in order to break free from the chains, fighting for her right, fighting for freedom.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
Still trying to decide on a title. I have a few in mind, but as I wrap up the other songs for the album, I’ll be better able to decide which is a better fit. Till then, I don’t want to rush into a name.
This album is very special and important to me. I’ve been singing for over 20 years and have dozens and dozens of recordings, been featured on many albums, but this is my very first solo album, and it is the first time I am able to have my songs reflect… me.