FUZZ SPOTLIGHT: Annur Sidney
Annur is doing it all. From being an artist & running a label, she is on the cusp of finishing up a degree in criminal justice. Grab a snack and enjoy our conversation about how she manages it all:
F: So how did you first get introduced to music? A: I got introduced to music through my dad. He does music as well, and he owns a distribution company and we put out music as a family. :)
"[I] started putting out music that I wrote backed up in a journal somewhere and it’s been a slow rise ever since."
F: SAY WAAAT!!? That's awesome! So growing up around it, did you ever find yourself detaching from it for a bit? Or has it been in your blood since day 1?
A: I would say initially I loved it all throughout my childhood years. However, after getting a little older around middle school I wanted to do like orchestra stuff... So I played violin and did that for two years. But I was always singing (to myself ) haha. Around 13 I started getting requests from my friends and going to talent shows at my school, and realized I loved singing. But I didn’t take it serious until 2017 and I was like 18-19 freshman in college. Then started putting out music that I wrote backed up in a journal somewhere and it’s been a slow rise ever since. But it’s def. been a passion for all my life, probably on and off for that past two years because I’m finishing up college. So i have to learn when to balance and prioritize music and prioritize my grades Yknow? F: Oh absolutely. So are you studying music? What are the career goals/aspirations in terms of music? A: I’m not. I wanted to try and just to find a degree that I liked besides music since I already do it. I am pursuing a degree in criminal justice. It’s been a road long pursued I am a semester away from finished. My goals is to Continue to expand as an artist and show the world a deeper message and self love and individuality through my music hopefully. Something fun and great to relate to with my followers/fans. I would also like to expand my record label and give artist a chance to own all their musical rights to their music and learn the business form a perspective that’s not taking from them but giving them an opportunity.
F: A noble pursuit on both fronts, congrats on nearing your last semester, so close!! So having a record label is a FUZZ blog first here :) Can you talk a little about that? I think our readers would be interested to know what goes into that. (I know I am) A: It’s a hard business to run independently so it’s definitely different experience. But it’s a blessing and opportunity you won’t see again, if ever took from you.
F: We can only imagine! What are you looking for on the app? Is it musicians for your label? For your own project? Both? Any specific criteria you're looking to have met?
"My goals is to Continue to expand as an artist and show the world a deeper message and self love and individuality through my music hopefully. "
A: For sure! Basically both, I’m always looking for awesome unmatched talent Yknow? People with the same drive or more than me to add to my team and build a foundation with or around with my label or as just a networking strategy. I def. always am up for open and raw talent that keeps me impressed with their talents. Whether it’s editing, videography/photography, lyrics, mixing and producing, singing, instruments etc. I’m always on the look out for creative minds. They keep me working too, one inspire the other kind of thing. F: Absolutely, that's the heartbeat of a community right there! Also love the openness to all types of mediums, very cool.
A: Can you tell us about your track you have up? the inspiration behind it/recording process? F: Yess exactly that’s the goal! Sure. I made this song it’s part of my album released last year Called 21 something. It was supposed to go with the vibe of the album... just learning life, college, learning what it means to be 21 but from my own perspective not anyone else’s. And the song follows in the track listing up into, heartbreak and the song is about a person that I wanted more than anything lol and we were Yknow in the stage of acting like we were dating but we weren’t dating (specifically to him) 😂 so the song is just I know people can relate to that, and I wrote it about it .
A: It took me a year to write, produce, and come up with all the concepts to the music on the 21 something album. So I initially started writing when I was 20 and finished when I was 21 at the cusp of almost turning 22. It’s a conceptual idea that turned into reality I guess.
F: That's awesome! Can't wait to hear the whole album! And you produced the track yourself? If so, what program did you use? A: Thank you!! Yes :) I use Logic Pro x to do all my music projects F: Oh awesome! I’m Curious: have you tried GarageBand as well? If so, what differentiates them for you? Or rather, what features does Logic have that make you choose to use it? A: Yes :) I use GarageBand on my phone often… and transport it over to logic on my computer. I do tutorials on twitch on how to produce on GarageBand on iPhone. It’s a great way to start projects, but logic has a lot more presets and effects to apply to your mix when producing and overall mastering your tracks down, in my opinion. But they are both GREAT DAW programs. I just feel that Logic Pro x let’s you maneuver a bit more, when it comes to manipulating your track the way you want Yknow? F: Awesome, thanks! Ya that seems to be the consensus, where Garageband is great for on-the-fly style recording, which is extremely passable these days, but Logic has the tools for the real audiophiles who want to dig deeper.
So now that the things are starting to open back up, how do you envision coming out of the past year and a half? Resume as normal? Are there new habits/skills you developed that will carry on?
A: Yesss exactly! Perfectly said. That is honestly one of my biggest concerns rn with Covid being so up and down! Like I don’t want to push myself out there and things start to close again. But also finding places to start gigging and stuff also. But I’ve definitely picked up new habits and tricks for my music. I’ve learned about streaming/advertising which i had not exercised before. I’ve been really into photography and videography lately. Learning more about the business aspect of music and everything has helped tremendously! So I’m hoping to exercise that on getting more artist and for my music as well. F: That’s awesome. The general vibe I’m getting is that ‘future-us’ is going to appreciate what ‘pandemic-us’ learned. Well we’re excited to watch your journey continue and thanks so much for letting us in your brain a bit! :)