We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Scholfield and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I think the obvious answer here is to always try and push yourself to keep going, however I’m not sure that’s always true. I think one of the most courageous things a person can do is listen to themselves as they grow and change—which could mean that their dreams shift and evolve too. “Give up” sounds so negative but I do know people who have decided that they’d be happier pursuing a different passion and have come out on the other side much happier. Personally, I hope to always keep going but shift my path along the way to lean into what feels good at the time as a songwriter.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a songwriter and alt pop solo artist. My music is always changing and I really just create what I love, which usually entails lots of vocal layers and synths. Lyrics are highly important to my music and one of my favorite parts of the songwriting process.
I released my first EP last year, which is called ‘Polished.’ That collection was the product of a few years of songwriting which were honestly necessary for me to nail down what I wanted my sound to be. I didn’t want to release anything until I had written a ton of music and skimmed from the top for my favorites. Being in music is usually a slow climb it seems, which I’m alright with! Kind of makes me want to work harder when I feel like I’m chasing something.
I think the lessons I’ve learned are to not put too much weight on one release and to have confidence in what you make despite any metric. I’ve seen a lot of friends beat themselves up over not having the numbers they want to see after a release, and some of that music is better than what I saw in the spotlight that week. The music industry is a business at the end of the day so I understand wanting recognition and have of course felt that myself, but I’ve learned it’s important to be proud of the music anyway. And to keep releasing with that same confidence.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oooh I love having visitors. I would take them to Dinette for breakfast, walk over to Stories for some book browsing, hit Valerie for coffee mid afternoon, Squaresville for some thrifting and would probably do KBBQ for dinner in Koreatown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to shout out Devan Welsh and Jamison Baken for being incredible co-writers, producers and collaborators. My music wouldn’t be the same without their ideas, art, time, energy and patience and anyone who gets the shot to work with either of them should jump at it!
Austin Dalgliesh took the photos I’ve included!