Q. We’re less than a week away from Anjunadeep’s release of your latest vocal work, “I Can’t Forgive”, produced by Matt Lange. Matt is seen as a legend by many in the Melodic Progressive House circles. What was it like to work with him on this release?
A. I love Matt. He's a great friend and a wonderful producer. Unlike most of my work, "I Can't Forgive" was already written (by Matt) about a month ago when I was approached. I just added the ad-libs. I was happy that he thought I was the right "voice" for the song and we turned it around quickly.
Q. This was certainly somewhat of a change for you. Many of us are used to hearing your vocals on Trance productions. Do you think Progressive and Deep House will become a larger part of your portfolio in the future?
A. I enjoy exploring different sounds. There's some really cool Progressive and Deep House stuff out at the moment... we'll see what happens!
Q. And your support… the likes of Armin Van Buuren and Above & Beyond. How does it feel to know your voice is heard by millions of Trance lovers worldwide?
A. Terrifying! Ha. I never think about it that way. I don't write and sing to be heard, I just do it because I can't NOT write and sing. My day-to-day life is so intertwined with my music and I've been lucky enough to have some lovely people tell me that it's worth something to them. I am very grateful for--and often taken aback by--the support.
A. I've recently become involved with some charities and have met some amazing people on my travels, including Christina Noble (The Christina Noble Children's Foundation) and Jenny Bowen (Half the Sky)...music is my first love but I hope I can also give back in other ways in the future.
"...I never confine myself to one genre. l think there's always room for
A. The interview started with a question about my work with Matt so it's fitting to share that I have an ongoing project with him called Ruin, which includes our song "Kings". We're fitting it around everything else we have to do and hopefully there's more to come for 2014. Other collabs include another Exostate song and another collab with Max Graham. I have a side project that's more my singer-songwriter roots called Signal Falls and hopefully we'll be wrapping up an album this year. You can check it out here: https://soundcloud.com/signalfalls
Q. Your work has been released by several other major labels, including Armada, Enhanced, and Black Hole Recordings. What would you say is the major benefit of working with these larger labels?
A. The "big" (it's all relative) labels have a better understanding of the business and generally have more stuff going on so there's lots of choice and opportunity.
"I don't write and sing to be heard, I just do it because I can't NOT write and sing"
Q. Tell us a fun fact about yourself
A. Just a big thank you to everyone for the love and support. As always, I'm extremely humbled and grateful.
Q. A quote or last words for the readers.
Q. What other exciting collaborations and sneak previews are you working on in 2014?
Q. You’ve worked with many popular names in the Trance arena, constantly changing your style for new sounds and tastes. How has this made you a better artist?
A. I never confine myself to one genre. I think there's always room for improvement and I've been consciously pushing myself to look at songwriting with a more critical and disciplined approach. That's how you get better at everything else in life, so that's how I hope I'm getting better.
Q. Some of your influencers include Sarah Howells and Emma Hewitt. Who or what would you describe as your greatest inspirer today?
A. Recently, most of my songs have come from conversations, but a quick look at my playlists would tell you I've been listening to way too much Placebo, Olafur Arnalds and Daughter. I don't listen to absurd amounts of music-- l need the silence sometimes, especially with the noise of Hong Kong.
"music is my first love"