Upcoming Cuban-American singer-songwriter Anie Delgado has been making waves with her recent single “Daydream”, which has swiftly mounted up over 130,000 streams on Spotify alone.
Now, this creative artist has released the official video to accompany this latest single & has kindly spoken with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest release, along with finding out more about the artist herself.
Hey Anie, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Anie: My pleasure! I am a Cuban-American dream pop artist originally from Miami, Florida now living in Los Angeles by way of NYC. I am adventurous and love big cities and moving if you can’t tell. I went to a performing arts conservatory in NYC, worked in theatre for a little bit then discovered my true passion for music and songwriting and moved out to LA. It’s warm here and I feel really inspired to write, so I think I’ll stay.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Anie: I have wanted to be a performer for as long as I could remember. The first time I remember performing is in my living room for my parents singing “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. I got more serious about my passion in elementary school when I saw the Freaky Friday remake and decided I had to be just like Lindsay Lohan and learn to play guitar. I got my first guitar that year and that’s when my passion for songwriting was ignited.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Anie: It’s commercial pop with a dreamy sound scape and RnB influence.
You are about to release the official video for the single “Daydream.” How did the idea for this song come together?
Anie: This song was actually about something else entirely when I went into the first session to write it. I was having a conflict with a friend and I wanted to write a song about taking the high road. Sam and I wrote one version of the song and came back and decided we didn’t love the pre, so we re-wrote the pre and then later the hook. Writing “Daydream,” I was thinking about my own personal growth. Desire is an emotion I feel really strongly. When I was dealing with guys I liked in the past, I had just pined for them, but I think with “Daydream” I take a more mature perspective. I think sonically the song allows you to get lost in that daydream, but the lyrics pull you out of it and remind you hey ya know what? I want you, but it doesn’t mean I need you, I’m awesome by myself.
What does the song personally mean to you?
Anie: When I wrote the song, I was thinking of when I was in a long-distance relationship and it was the first time that I wasn’t just pining for someone. I had the confidence to know that I was awesome, and they probably were daydreaming about me too. So much of who I am is feeling those really intense feelings to the fullest. I think the song kind of sounds like my heart: bubbling over the surface, effervescent, ethereal, intoxicated with optimism.
How do you feel the official video reflects the lyrical aspect of the song?
Anie: We had to shoot the video during COVID and that was kind of a blessing in disguise. My entire EP is loosely inspired by the goddess Venus. I wanted my debut project to reflect my identity and part of that is being a Libra. I like to draw inspiration from astrology sometimes because it gives me visual ideas.
The thing I love about Venus is that she is every bit as powerful as the other gods and goddesses, but her power lies in her beauty, composure, and resilience. I think that goes for all women so for this music video I wanted to make something that really celebrated the power of being a woman and the female form. I wanted to imagine myself as a goddess and I wanted my viewers to imagine themselves that way too. The twist was that due to COVID, I had to keep the shoot really simple which meant simple hair, makeup, and wardrobing… We didn’t airbrush my face or edit my body in any way. In my opinion, it added a layer because I had to be comfortable in my own skin with minimal hair and makeup that I did myself It seems silly, but it’s a lot harder said than done in a world where you’re desensitized to your own beauty because of social media. It actually ended up being a really big personal growth moment for me because throughout the pandemic, I’ve learned to love myself and my body judgement free, but my most sincere hope is that young girls who watch it can take that away from it too.
If listeners could take anything away from this song, what would you like it to be?
Anie: Just feel your feelings but know that YOU are the daydream. I think it’s really fun and special to feel infatuated, but don’t forget your worth.
Do you have any further musical release planned that you are able to tell us about?
Anie: Yes! I have another single coming out in early February along with two other songs from my EP following that release. I think you’ll see a lot of me this year.
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Anie: I never had hobbies until 2020. I was so obsessed with music and going to events and networking, but 2020 really allowed me to slow down and find things that make me happy outside of music. In turn, it’s definitely made me more creative. I love roller skating, cooking, baking, and my latest obsession is DIY home projects.
What was the first album you can recall purchasing & do you still listen to it now?
Anie: I have a VERY vivid memory of being on vacation at Disney’s Coronado Hotel and leaving the property to go to Walmart and buy Hilary Duff’s ‘Metamorphosis’. Although that album has been out of rotation for me for a minute, I was just dancing to it this morning because I was filming something for my next single in a rain room. It was very nostalgic.
If you could perform a duet with anyone on the planet, who would you choose & why?
Anie: Taylor Swift hands down. Everyone who knows me including fans know that I am a passionate Swiftie. She was really the first female artist I was aware of that wrote her own music and from there I learned about other female songwriting legends like Carole King and Joni Mitchell (other influences of mine). I am fiercely independent, and I think that motivated me. I would just LIVE to write something with her that we could perform together.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Anie: In a year (and change) that’s been so trying on all of us, I just want to remind everyone that good things are coming. I have a lot of faith in humanity; I think that shines through a lot in my music. There are a lot of important issues we have to deal with right now, but I don’t want us to lose sight of the good in the world. It may have taken a pandemic and civil unrest and whatever else, but I have been so inspired by how my generation has come together to try and make the world a better place. And that gives me hope.
You can check out the official video for “Daydream” below.