We had the good fortune of connecting with Anie Delgado and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Embarking on a creative journey of any kind is brave and there’s risk involved. As an independent artist. when I started, I was risking both time and money. Starting a career as an artist is much like starting a business, you have to invest in yourself. I try and look at these investments as an investment in my development as a human being as well as into my career. When I first started I thought, ok if this doesn’t pan out, at least I won’t spend my entire life wondering what could have been. This first leap has gotten me used to taking risks every day. Like releasing music, putting my voice out there on social media, etc. I’m comfortable with it now and am a firm believer that if you don’t ever jump you also will never fly.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I make pop music. I have always been in love with pop because good pop says something really relatable and unifying in an interesting way and I am hopeful that’s what my music is doing. I am really proud of the unique sound I have crafted in the last year or so with the producers I’ve worked with. My music sounds really dreamy. I think my perspective is what I am most proud of bringing to the table. Even if it’s the saddest song, there’s always a silver lining. I like to call myself chaotically optimistic and that always shines through in my music. I am super proud of my new song Dancing While the World is On Fire and the work I am doing that encourages my listeners to volunteer with or donate to Zero Hour. I am really inspired by all of the work they do to help prevent climate change and pressure leaders to pass policies to keep our environment safe. The climate crisis is very much real and I am happy to have a small hand in raising awareness. I tried a lot of things to get where I am today. I lived in NYC and I was acting and modeling and writing and doing cabarets and I finally just realized that making pop music was what I loved. It took me a minute to reconcile with the fact that it meant that I would have to put myself out there a bunch though. When I finally decided to go for it, the challenges were in meeting the right people. There are a lot of people who claim to be in the business and in it to help you when really they just want money or power over you and it’s important to trust your gut and weed them out. It’s also important to take risks and put yourself out there, so it took me a while to learn that balance. Now I feel really comfortable with my community. I am always looking to meet new people and the longer I do this the more I realize it truly is a people business — and there are really good people out there who are willing to connect and work and lift each other up. You just have to find them. I am a bit of an astrology nerd. I don’t make life decisions around it, but I do find a lot of parallels with my chart and my life. One of the things that my chart says is that my place in the world is to pass on wisdom. I feel things really hard and I love using my music to process those big feelings so I hope that my music can help my listeners feel and come out on the other side knowing everything’s going to be ok. Make sure to stream Dancing While the World is On Fire, watch the video, and check out my merch. Proceeds from all three go to Zero Hour.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Yes! The beautiful thing about LA is that it’s like 10+ different cities in one so I like to do a neighborhood a day. In a non-COVID time, I would spend a day in Silver Lake at the Silver Lake Flea and walking Silverlake Blvd during the day. At night we’d hit the Echo Plex or the Satellite for a dance party. One day would have to be a beach day in Malibu with a lunch and cocktails at Malibu Farms. I would definitely have a day just hanging at my house. I live in this really cool 70s style house in Santa Monica and I have a really cool outdoor space for entertaining. I’m always decorating it and having friends over for al fresco dining. I would do one day of nature! One of my favorite hikes is Temezcal Canyon just because it’s so easy and close by me, but I also love driving a little further out to Switfzer Falls. It always shocks my visitors when they see how easy it is to get to nature in LA. I am not the biggest fan of Hollywood, but I do like shopping on Melrose when I need outfits for performances, so I usually take visitors there and then my favorite place to go dance is Madame Siam’s. I always love bringing my visitors to meet my squad out here. LA is really the best place if you have a good group of people and community. We’re big fans of picnics and cooking for each other, so we’d probably do a picnic in West LA somewhere to top it off. ‘ Some other favs: Tenant of the Trees, Bungalow (I know I’m basic), Flower Boy (coffee), Abbot Kinney for shopping. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Brandon Buczek. He’s my partner in life but he also is an integral creative partner in my career and simply just an amazing motivator too. Going back to the question about taking risks, when I started my music career and I was really nervous about spending money on myself in that way, and he was a big motivation for me to take that leap. He had made a feature film in his early 20s that he invested his own money into and saw the pay off because he premiered at the LA Film Festival. He was like, now’s the time to really go for it so just do it. On the creative end, he shoots all of my music videos, entertains my craziest ideas, and is such a talented director. He’s also there to hear about the day to day of indie artist life and that can be a lot sometimes. He’s the best! I would also love to thank my brilliant manager Kelly Blakely. In the year that I’ve worked with her, she’s been there through thick and thin. She’s one of my greatest cheerleaders, confidants, and teammates in the industry.

Website: aniedelgado.com

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Image Credits
Erik Junke (first two photos) Rosemary Cassidy (Bathingsuit photo) Brandon Buczek (others)

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