Chatterbox: ANUKA

Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an artist and songwriter from The Netherlands. I’ve been making music ever since I can remember. After several trips to LA to work as a songwriter for the infamous production duo The Underdogs, I had to come to terms with myself. I wasn’t happy solely focussing on writing for other people within the restrictions of a label’s or management’s desire. I realized it was time to give my own artistry a serious chance.

For the past couple years I’ve been singing my way through the Trap and Future Bass landscape, featuring for some incredible producers including San Holo, Pusher and Pham. It has given me the opportunity to develop and grow towards a mind frame that suits me as an artist.

Where did the new single come from?

‘Caramel’ came straight from the heart. I wrote the lyrics and recorded the demo vocals on my laptop on a late night on my couch. I had seen a lot of news reports about racial issues around the world that day and it had really gotten to me. I had to clear my mind from all this negativity I’d read about, and wanted to describe my view on skin color, race and differences in general.

‘Caramel’ isn’t literally about the sweet feeling of the touch of someone else’s skin on yours. It’s about how I experience differences. This story about a sensuous moment between two people is my metaphor for believing in acceptance and respect towards each other. Based on something you can’t see through color, structure or culture.

I have a weak spot for contemporary R&B and luckily my good friend and LA based producer Ryan Crosby knows how to mix the new with the old. He used samples he made while on a trip to Italy and poured them together creating the intoxicating production for ‘Caramel’.

Is there more content in the pipeline?

I am working on lots of new stuff and I am keen to share more of Anuka with the world. Not only my songs but also the visual aspect of my artistry is something I’m very excited to develop and share with everyone.

What’s on the horizon for you?

After working on a lot of features for other people and releasing various singles of my own I had to take a moment to reflect. I’m working on new music and definitely broadening my horizon in terms of getting more creative with producers that want to help me distinguish the sound of my own project, instead of the other way around.

Right now I’m gathering a team around me that can help me build a sustainable career. I’m also looking forward to start creating the concept for a live show. I’m taking it one step at a time though, in order for me to not get ahead of myself and grant myself the opportunity to enjoy this journey that I love to be on.

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