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

Hi Annie, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
Music and sound are universal and can be incredible forms of expression & creativity. It is such a honor to be able to communicate and help people through the power of music. Everyone has their own unique and special relationship with sound and it is a lifelong journey that can be cultivated. Music can help us express all kinds of different emotions and feelings. Sound can fill space, provide comfort and be there for us at our best & at our worst. The voice is truly a special instrument because it resonates inside of our bodies – we can sing and dance with just our voices! My goal is always to help people feel empowered creatively and to experiment with their voices in a safe space that feels gentle. The breath is the focus.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a DJ, mezzo soprano & educator based out of Los Angeles. I make cosmic music and play the vocoder, moog synthesizers and other instruments in the experimental band Holy Pink. I specialize in early childhood music education and voice lessons of all ages, specially focusing on creative development and empowerment. I actively DJ around the Los Angeles area, with a particular interest in psychedelic music from the late 1960’s and German experimental music from the 1970’s. Previously, I was a music history professor at Full Sail University and in my spare time I love drawing and using watercolors. I feel a special relationship to plants & nature and incorporate them in a lot of my work. I practice deep listening, kundalini yoga, meditation and am passionate about mental health awareness. The journey hasn’t been easy but I continue to learn more and more every day and hope to share light, passion and motivation with others.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Some of my pre-pandemic LA must do’s are Olympic Spa in Koreatown, both of The Self Realization Fellowship’s in the Palisades and Mt. Washington, Jamaican food at Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica, to see a Malibu sunset, driving down Sunset blvd listening to Hush by Deep Purple, stare at the Gucci window on Rodeo Drive, picnic on the grass by Echo Park lake, a free visit to the Broad Museum, the sparkly magic is endless! Also must do’s – soaking in the healing water in Desert Hot Springs, visiting Joshua Tree and looking at all the mid-century modern in Palm Springs.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Forever inspired by my good friend and talented director, Rocio Mesa.

Website: www.djanniewonder.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anniewonders/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDQrdJpLtVK61ZFz-gavcoQ?view_as=subscriber
Other: https://holypink.bandcamp.com/releases

Image Credits
Holy Pink band photos by Jamie Swartsel Annie Wonder pink photo by Liv Jonse

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