Anna of the North is our Dream Girl

The wait is over! Anna’s EP “Believe” is out now!

Anna isn’t the only one missing live music, but she’s made the most of staying indoors with her dreamy acoustic releases. Cue major girl power. The explosive hit “Dream Girl” featured on Apple’s iPad Pro commercial, combined with her flawless EP “Believe” has us forecasting that Anna is just scratching the surface with her bubbling talent. She has a brilliant way of shining light on the emotions of love and nostalgia. This humble artist took a moment to speak with Tonight Mag about adjusting her musical experience during a pandemic. Get to know Anna below!

How have you kept busy during quarantine?

“I haven’t! I’ve been chilling a lot and working out. I have been trying to write a lot of music. I know it’s probably wrong to say because COVID is horrible and all that but it kind of helped me to slow down a little bit and enjoy myself and my life and my time. To be honest it’s been okay! I miss touring and being around people, but at the same time I feel that maybe everyone needed to step back a bit. Life was moving too fast and there was too much stuff going on. We just needed to stop and think. I also learned how to knit. I’ve been trying to learn stuff and do stuff I normally wouldn’t have time to do. I knit 3 hats!”

What is it like hearing your song ‘Dream Girl’ on the Apple commercial for the iPad Pro?

“It’s one of my favorite songs form the album “Dream Girl”! So since they chose that song from the album for the commercial, it is huge for me as an artist. Apple choosing my song means I am going to  reach a whole new audience. There’s so many people listening to my music now. It’s awesome! It’s going to be really interesting to see how it all will turn out in the end. There’s so much good music in the world and it’s hard to get out there and be heard and seen. So this for me is a huge opportunity. I’m super lucky! It’s kind of crazy with the timing! My tour was over, Coronavirus came and I thought there was going to be nothing for a while, but then Apple came in and was like, “Nope! We’re going to use your song in a commercial.” It helped me to still be out there and my music is living out there in real life.”

What was it like filming the music video for ‘Lovers’ (Home Made)  at home during quarantine?

“That was really fun! We did it so quickly. I was going to celebrate my birthday and I had been out and about doing something. Just wanted to be clear that in Norway we aren’t too strict anymore about Corona virus restrictions because we don’t’ have that many cases. I had like 2 hours to deliver the video because it was going to premier with “To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before.” It was actually filmed on my street in a super quick session. Today, I feel that music and everything that comes with it is overproduced and put so much money into it that it loses the realness to it. I think that’s what I’m going to do with this homemade thing is take it back to no budget. Just being myself. I hope that the video transfers that. I like being honest about who I am.”

What inspires your songwriting process?

“It’s so many different things! Life itself is my biggest inspiration, it’s also listening to music. For me personally if I’m doing well, it’s hard to be inspired in a way. I need that dynamic of up and down. I get really inspired by that. I think mostly for me it’s like life in general. For me relationships are really important. The way people communicate is life! What would life be like without other people. A lot of my songs are about relationships and people.”

How have you seen your fans connect with your music, especially in a time where you can’t see them live?

“It’s been a lot on social media for sure. I’ve been doing live streams and charity things. I’ve been trying to stay active on social media through YouTube live premiers to chat with fans while I wait for my music to go live.”

What’s your favorite song to perform live?

Leaning on myself! I feel so cool when I perform it. It’s just the self confidence thing. I remember writing it, I was in this sh** and unhealthy poisonous relationship. It was really, really bad and I was really hurt by it. We were on and off and on and off. I wasn’t really feeling too good about anything and then some time went past and I went to the studio and started writing the song. Sometimes you have some inspiration and sometimes I don’t even think and words are just coming out of my mouth. The guy I was writing with was awesome and we had awesome chemistry. I knew from the moment I heard it that I knew this was me moving on and this was my song. I didn’t know I was writing it when I was writing it, but when I looked back I was like this is the song I needed, now I can move on and say f*** this. Every time I play it live I feel like a strong independent woman. I like that song a lot!”

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