Emerging singer-songwriter Anøma Lee talks musical influences, wow moments and her debut release ‘Part Ways’

Photo credit: Henry Nash

Photo credit: Henry Nash

What inspired you to do a career in music?

I started music from a really young age. I was around age 5 when my grandma forced my parents to start taking me to piano lessons. After taking lessons for ten years my piano teacher introduced me to a Jazz teacher and I had lessons with him for around 4 years. I then went on to play at the Brussels Rock School in Belgium. Academically I didn’t do too well so I figured music was a good path to take, make my own music and just see what happens.

What differs you and your sound from other up and coming artists in the music industry?

That’s a hard question – I like to be experimental when it comes to my music. If you listened to my demos you would hear the weirdest stuff [laughs]. Sometimes the approach doesn’t work but when it does it makes for a special vibe that comes out in the track. I also don’t think too much, what comes out just comes out.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician when you have a bad day what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead of the future?

When I have bad days, what make it even worse is when I put too much pressure on myself. Even on my bad days I will always try to do something productive which doesn’t always help. I think it’s normal to have good and bad days and when it happens just take timeout for yourself, treat yourself a little bit and then when the better days come you are all fresh to get inspired again!

Photo credit: Henry Nash

Photo credit: Henry Nash

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

I have had a couple opportunities where I was like “wow this is so good”. One of my biggest moments was when I got to play at the Garage in Highbury and Islington after I got selected for Bimm’s showcase. Another one would obviously be when I first saw my song being released on all major platforms. It is weird to see yourself on these platforms when you listen to you favorite artists every day on the same platform.

Your latest release ‘Part Ways’ is out now. can you please describe the creative process and the concept behind the single?

I wrote the song just after a really close family member passed away. I went back to Belgium and as soon as I came back to London I wrote the song. There wasn’t really a process behind I wrote the song then in the same night I started to create the instrumental on logic and it all came naturally. When I got the idea that I wanted I met with the producer who loved the song and we started working on it together.

The concept was about making a contrast between the lyrics and the melody. The melody is kind of sad and deep, it’s about losing someone you love so I wanted the instrumental to be super chilled and light. The aim was make the overall vibe of the song suit different moods.

Which artist / artists would you like to collaborate with in the future? is there a collab coming soon?

I would love to collab with lot’s of artists, Jorja Smith, Loyle Carner, Selah Sue, Felivand, Jaz Karis to name just a few. These are artists that I truly admire and have been inspired by. I have a few people that were up do a collab with me but nothing is sure yet.

In your opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

I have only released one song so far which is ‘Part Ways’ and as describe earlier this song is very meaningful to me.  I recently wrote a song called ‘Mister Father’ that I am due to record in the studio I am soon recording in the studio. The song is really important to me because it talks about the relationship I had with my dad at the time I wrote it and how the situation made me feel. I think a lot of people will relate to it, so yeah I’m excited to release it.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

Don’t expect what you want to achieve to happen right away, you need to have a lot of patience. You have to be able to take rejection without taking it personally, and sometimes that is really hard. Unfortunately not everybody will like your music and that is alright, you just need to stay focused on what you want to do and achieve for yourself.

Photo credit: Nelle Laurent

Photo credit: Nelle Laurent

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

Hopefully great things! I’m currently working on the music video for Part Ways and I am about to record my next single in the studio. I have lots of gigs coming up over the next few months, so only great things I hope!

Anything you would like to add?

Not that I can think of – thanks for taking the time to interview me.

‘Part Ways’ is available now via all major platforms.

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