Anyee Wright. Philadelphia. Musician. There’s a peaceful tone in her voice that makes her music instantly calming, but please don’t interpret calming as boring– it’s far from that. It’s more of a vibe that catches you. Don’t worry. You’ll see what I mean below. Anyway, I caught up with Anyee to discuss how she got started with music, her Keep Going, Free Spirit EP, upcoming releases, and more.
How did you get started with music? When did you know it was something you wanted to take seriously?
“I used to write stories and draw pictures as a child. My imagination was crazy for my age, and as I grew older I began to convert stories into poems, and poems into song. My uncle used to DJ at our family cookouts. They used to be live too, and he’d sometimes leave his vinyls. I think around that age is when I wanted to become a musician, and I was serious about it too. I never wanted to be a doctor or lawyer, just a musician. I saw the way it made everyone move and I wanted to do the same.”
Who are some of your musical influences?
“I’m influenced by a lot of music. I have a special place in my heart for post-dub step and electronica. Hip-Hop and R&B is my culture. I’ll listen to anything that inspires me to produce myself. Wiz is the man, Kali Uchis, Jeremy Ellis, MF Doom, Mount Kimbie, Disclosure, Iman Omari, 36 Mafia, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, OF, Pharrell and The Neptunes. It’s a very long list of amazing artists. Philly has some crazy music as well. I also have my share of classics. Minnie Riperton, Angela Bofill, Earth Wind & Fire, man.”
Describe your creative space. Is there a certain element you prefer to be in?
“I like to be alone most of the time. If people are around by any chance, they would have to share a similar goal as me for inputs. However, 9 times out of 10 I’m alone. It gets the thought process going, I focus on what I want and how I’d like to see that vision come to life.”
Let’s get into the Keep Going, Free Spirit EP. Anyee released the project at the end of 2014. It comes with 5 tracks, including her “R.W.A.G.L.M.” single, and features production from Ignorvnce. You can stream the project via her SoundCloud here.
Why “Keep Going, Free Spirit?” What’s the inspiration behind the name and vibe of project?
“So back in 2013, I was freaked out about a diagnosis concerning my heart. That’s around the time I met What Scene. Between that and being involved in the music scene I was inspired to use my time more wisely. So I’d tweet something motivating from here and there and would end it with the phrase, “Keep Going, Free Spirit.” It means to never give up. Then I would begin to write it everywhere until it became a constant reminder to me and others. Soon after I was introduced to Ignorvnce (Producer) and he shared some work of his. I wrote to what I felt would make a great selection of music, and that became “Keep Going, Free Spirit EP.” Miles Chancellor and Marv Mack are my fam, and they brought a vibe to the project that was perfect to me.”
Check out the first single from the project, “R.W.A.G.L.M.” Visual by Y$kSk (Yinka Soda & K$K Hussle).
roll with a girl like me…
What’s your favorite track from the project? Why?
“My favorite track from the tape would have to be “Say Yeah,” if not definitely “R.W.A.G.L.M.” “Say Yeah” has such a bubblegum feel. It’s the perfect song for a group of girlfriends that are fed up with the B.S. and want to have fun. I actually made the song about my 3 best friends. Same for “R.W.A.G.L.M.” The whole project is about the girls and having fun, moving forward and getting to it.”
Take a listen to “Say Yeah” below.
So what’s next? Any upcoming releases?
“A lot is happening at this moment, A visual for “Say Yeah” is in the works. Also, great things are to come this year from Sub404 & What Scene. I would much rather surprise you all with the projects that are approaching.”
Last but not least, I had to ask her the infamous question… What do you want listeners to take away from your music?
“I want listeners to take away nothing but the art in my music. However it makes them feel, theres no wrong in that. As long as the feeling is good, I’ve done my part.”