MD: Where are you from originally?
Anita Andreis: I am from Croatia in Europe. A country with a beautiful coast and islands. That is what I love the most about it.
How long have you been creating/performing music?
I started to play the guitar at nine. Piano 5 years later. I began to create my songs right after I could understand enough music basics. The process of creating a new song is delirious and that became a sort of addiction. I just can’t live without that process.
For last ten years I’ve composed orchestral film music. In the last 5 years I’ve done it successfully in a professional way. It’s a career that evolves slowly, but you get there if you have talent, style, sound (knowledge) and for the most part persistence.
Can you describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities?
My father played the trumpet in an orchestra and also the guitar and his guitar was the first instrument I got my hands on and instantly fell in love with.
My husband is an amazing drummer. We work together on most of my pop alternative songs (planned to be published next year) and he is also my greatest invaluable musical critic.
What is usually the first step in your creative process?
When I “hear” something interesting in my mind, I need to be in silence and let the musical lines unfold themselves. When I define and harmonize everything in my mind (and heart), the next step is my piano which is some sort of a magical wellspring for me. ?… Orchestration comes at the end. When there’s no spontaneous inspiration, I just ask my magical wellspring to give me one. It usually works.
What’s the strangest place you’ve ever found inspiration?
Once when I was traveling by train. Different sounds of the tracks and the train were incredibly rhythmic and melodious.
How different do you think peoples lives would be if music never existed?
Completely different! Without magic! I could compare it to how I imagine life without love. Life without love or life without music….. colorless, prosaic.
What do you feel should be changed, or stay the same regarding the music industry?
Internet has really changed everything. Positive side is that creators of music and visual entertainment have access to more tools and services for marketing. On the other hand, everything is available for “free” (piracy), in a second. And that’s a loss, not only for business, but for listeners too. There’s no deserved appreciation for artist’s work, hence there’s no committed listening. Excessive availability caused lack of real interest and appreciation. That really killed exploratory spirit which I remember to be a great joy for me. I admired artwork, every word and lyrics from the booklet, listening to my new (WHOLE) lp (or cd) with commitment, waiting for a favourite song to play. Of course, listening on a good equipment, not free mp3 with cheap pc speakers. I think more could and should be done to stop the piracy.
How do you balance your music with other obligations - love, family, work?
I must admit I am not the best at balancing all aspects of my life. It’s not easy at all! I am a full time composer and I often work on multiple projects, so there’s a lot of working hours. This is not quite family/love quality, but everything looses importance without love, so I try to prioritize my family as much as possible.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Singing while my dad played the guitar. Rehearsals with my first band in the basement of my building. I still can vividly recall the feelings of both. Simple and beautiful days. No expectations, just freedom of musical joy and expression.
If you could have 2 hours to completely control all of the radio stations in the world, what would the playlist look like?
I would start with the compilation of my favorite film themes: Schiendler’s List – John Williams, Phillip Glass – Illusionist, The Hours, Alexandre Desplat – Girl with a pearl earring, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Syriana; Basil Poledouris (softer themes from Conan), Thomas Newman, Jerry Goldsmith, Nino Rota (Godfather), then Yann Tiersen, George Gershwin. Second part would be most alternative pop/rock music I love. Dave Mathews Band ( my compilation mainly from following albums= Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, Under the table and dreaming, Crash), Tori Amos, Zero 7, Aimee Mann, David Bowie, The Police, Skunk Anansie, Foo Fighters, Amy Winehouse, Sigur Ros, Alanis Morissette, Ani Difranco, Joni Mitchell, Sting, Van Morrison (his old album Astral Weeks)…… I would sort the compilation following song’s emotion one to the other.
Where do you see yourselves in 7 years?
I see myself living by the sea (anywhere…)…. many concerts and tours with my pop/rock alternative songs; amazing movies I score music for; improvements in singing, scoring, living, balancing and wisdom.