Artist Name: Anna Wolf
Song Title: Believer
Release Date: 19 October 2018
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Anna Wolf – Believer
Anna Wolf creates alternative music with lyrics that are layered with a poignancy that she uses to hypnotize audiences on a journey of self-discovery that leaves them with the feeling of being heard.
Wolf’s debut single ‘Believer’ delves into her turbulent early life and how she refused to become the victim of her circumstance. Anna Wolf created the track in a bathtub and sent the recording to a world-renowned producer who cleared his schedule and summoned her to his studio. Some of the noise she made in the tub, made it into ‘Believer’’s explosive final mix.
Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
I was born in Pretoria, South Africa. As a child, I hid away a lot, either under beds or in trees. I escaped by using my hands and body to melt and hide into my own skin. I use to listen to music then. Music became my armor, my strength. Soon enough, I realized that it was safe for my skin to come out and breathe. I wrote ‘Believer’ as my debut single track in a bathtub. I stumped my feet so loud in the bath that the neighbors banged on the front door. You can hear it if you listen carefully to the track. I am ready to shed my past now. I am Anna Wolf, and this is ‘Believer’.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
Wolf was born in Pretoria, South Africa, to a nurturing mother and a troubled father. Her childhood was a nomadic series of events often inspired by her father’s demons chasing their family to leave town in a blind hurry. Her early music reflected a deep hurt that translated into an aggressive stage performance and eventually matured in her hypnotic stage persona.
In her early career, Wolf took part in talent shows and signed her first record deal at age fifteen with Gresham Records as the front-woman for her then-band Mel-Funktion. Her singles: ‘Take Me Away’ and ‘Breath On Me’ topped South Africa’s single charts and she was noticed by fans and industry professionals alike. Wolf, as the front-woman for Mel-Funktion, toured South Africa and played in various iconic venues. This multi-talented woman was honored by Global Harmony as an asset to South African culture and commissioned to represent South Africa in Japan where she performed in front of Japanese Ministers of State.
In 2007 she signed her first publishing deal with Active Music and honed her songwriting and composer skills on multiple media platforms. In 2012 the artist was signed to South Africa’s leading record label, Just Music. She worked with industry legend Karl Anderson and producer Matthew Fink to establish her previous performance persona, Tailor. Wolf aka Tailor’s 2013 debut album, The Dark Horse, was nominated for two SAMA’s (South African Music Awards), she received another 2015 SAMA nomination for her second album Light, and a 2017 SAMA nomination for her latest album Trust Pt. 1. In 2015 she was signed to South Africa’s top management company Real Concerts and worked with company founder, Roddy Quin, to build her as an international act. In 2016 Wolf aka Tailor recorded her third album titled Trust Pt. 1 with producer Zak Loy (lead guitarist for the multi-platinum American band, LIVE) in Austin Texas at the infamous recording facilities, Orb studios. Tailor collaborated on Trust Pt. 1 with various musicians ranging from bassist, Ainar Peterson (Kelly Clarkson) to drummer, Antoun Ramy (Seal, Black Eyed Peas) amongst others. She was asked to collaborate live and/or in-studio with various world-renowned performers, producers, and industry leaders such as LIVE frontman, Ed Kowalczyk’s, Ken Stringfellow from R.E.M, American band; Kongos, and Grammy-nominated music producer Tim Palmer (David Bowie, Pearl Jam, U2).
Wolf recently also collaborated with the drummer from Stereophonics, Jamie Morrison and producer Pete Boxta Martin (Sugababes, Jesse J, DJ Marshmellow) with Sony-BMG signed songwriter Dantae Johnson. Tailor’s singles, Shaped like a Gun and the track, Wolf from her album The Dark Horse featured on FOX Network’s hit show, So You Think You Can Dance, for 2 seasons. She performed solo shows at various iconic London venues, including The Bedford, The Troubadour, and The Half Moon, and performed in high profile festivals including Austin Texas SXSW, South African’s OppiKoppi, and The Real Concert Series in The United Kingdom and South Africa. In 2017 she was asked to open for Johnny Clegg on his final tour played to sold-out audiences in South Africa and London’s exemplary Apollo Theatre in Hammersmith.
In 2018 Wolf aka Tailor toured South Africa to sold-out venues, and proved to draw crowds in the United Kingdom and her demand in Europe is steadily increasing and she was commissioned to perform in the Netherlands. She was also asked to join the infamous American band, The Posies, on their 30th-anniversary tour across the United Kingdom. In 2018 she followed her heart to London where her talent as a songwriter and performer was recognized by producer and remixer Pete Boxta Martin and Sony-BMG signed songwriter Dantae Johnson. They offered her a production deal under their company Three Bears Entertainment the day after she sent Boxta Martin a cell phone video of a song she wrote and performed in an acoustically unique bathtub. ‘Believer’ was born in the studio that week, and some of the noise Wolf made in the tub even made it into Boxta Martin and Johnson’s explosive final mix. Boxta Martin and Dantae Johnson were ignited to create an EP with Wolf that they are currently busy recording.
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video/song.
‘Believer’ is an alternative song about breaking the silence about domestic violence, aggressively performed with poignant lyrics and a ghostly vocal tone.
Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.
Running a label is about getting the right amount of exposure, on the right platforms in order to get noticed by fans and to create a following to invest in your shows, merchandise, and music in general. I believe in organic growth and prefer authentic views and fans on all online platforms.
List your various works.
ANNA WOLF – Believer
I am releasing more singles soon!
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
I promote my music through a PR company in South Africa and do a large amount of television, radio, and print media interviews. My work got playlisted on Apple Music and Deezer and is slowly making waves on other platforms too. My music video was released on Apple Music and made it to the front page in the USA. I live in the UK and often play shows where I meet awesome people that help me with the promotion of my music here.
Explain the story behind the song.
“Now I leave my past behind.” (Believer – Anna Wolf) Believer is the debut single from London-based, South African chanteuse Anna Wolf. Believer delves into Wolf’s own turbulent early life and her refusal to become the victim of her circumstance. She wrote ‘Believer’ inspired by the need to break the silence over domestic violence.
Wolf was born in Pretoria, South Africa to a nurturing mother and a troubled father. Her childhood was often a nomadic existence with her father’s demons forcing the family to leave town at a moment’s notice. “As a child, I hid away a lot, either under beds or in trees. I escaped by using my hands and body to melt and hide into my own skin. I use to listen to music then. Music became my armor, my strength. Soon enough, I realized that it was safe for my skin to come out and breathe.” (Anna Wolf).
List the radio stations, television stations, and blogs that have aired or featured your new song.
Live Style Radio
ALL TIME RADIO
EAST RAND STEREO
Born Music Online
Fresh on the Net
Last Day Deaf
The Devil Has the Best Tuna
Right Cord Music etc.
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
Believer Single: Written by Anna Wolf
Produced by Pete Boxta Martin
Production Company: Three Bears Entertainment Studio:
The Woods Believer Music Video:
Production Company: Dark Matter Studios
Directed by: Llewelynn Greeff,
Produced by: Llewelynn Greeff and Henk Pretorius
Executive Producer: Roddy Quin, Rochelle de Beer, and Anna Wolf.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
I often travel and my favorite destinations include Amsterdam and Japan. I love animals but am not allowed to have one in my apartment, so I go for long walks in a park close to my house and find an excuse to say hi to dogs everywhere.
Elaborate on the song/music video.
I wrote the song in my bathtub and stump my feet to create some of the music. I sent the recording to a famous producer in London and he asked me to join him in the studio the next day. The music video was directed by Llewelyn Greeff from Dark Matter Studios and we worked on the concept for a month before the shoot. Dark Matter Studios are behind loads of feature films and they were an awesome fit to create the cinematic look that is present in the video.
Tell us how long you have been in the music business, your experience, and your future goal.
I have been in the music business since my fifteenth birthday and had loads of really memorable experiences: like touring the world with Johny Clegg, working with Stereophonics drummer: Jamie Morrison, and doing a song with the LIVE frontman: Ed Kowalczyk. My future goal is to do a world tour as Anna Wolf.
Tell us what makes you unique from others.
It’s a unique blend of poignant lyrics mixed with the catchiness of the song’s production and my live performances. People love seeing me live and they often become super fans after the show.
List your five favorite songs including the artists.
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
Kanye West – Yikes
The National – Brainy
Meg Myers – Desire
Twenty One Pilots – Chlorine