She is from Mauritius, born in Papua New Guinea and now calls Australia home, but Anieszka has always embraced her cultural heritage. Music has always surrounded her, with a variety of unique sounds and influences inspiring her passions. Anieszka has channelled her passion for music, singing and song writing into a full time career. She spoke to us about her road to success and all the speed bumps along the way.
Tell us a bit about you, where you’re from a bit of background on your career/life etc.
I’m from Mauritius, a small island off the coast of South Africa, but I was born in Papua New Guinea. I went to pre-school here in Australia, then grew up in Papua New Guinea until my family moved here permanently when I was 11. Ever since then, Australia has been home. Being Mauritian, I have had a mixture of sounds and music surrounding me from a very young age. Having those unique sounds, along with the reggae, R&B and hip hop being played in our household growing up in Papua New Guinea, my deep appreciation and love for singing and music only grew as each year went by. When I moved to Australia, I was exposed to other kinds of music, namely indie and house music, and I loved it. Music literally became a language for me, and as I grew older, song writing became my outlet.
Tell us about your musical journey so far?
The profound passion I had for music evolved into to a career when I was 14 and I released my very first single ‘Boy’. It was well received, playing on the EDGE 96.1 here in Sydney, and charting in a few other countries. Soon after I released a self-titled EP. I was working with my brother at the time, he was both my producer and manager, so making the EP was fun. One of my favourite songs to date is ‘Entwined’, I wrote it in about fifteen minutes and once it was released, a few people reached out to me expressing that Entwined brought them to tears. It was surreal to hear those words, and I developed a strong desire to write more songs and connect with more people.
I decided to focus on finishing school and starting university, so I put music on hold. In 2014, a Dominican producer who found me online approached me and we released a house track. It was very much out of my comfort zone, but a cool experience nonetheless. The song led to a lot of media attention in my home island of Mauritius, including TV coverage, radio interviews and being on the cover of a magazine. It was incredible. In the years after, I continued to write songs but it wasn’t until I graduated (with a business degree) last year that I decided it was finally time to devote myself completely to music. Luke Murphy, based in the UK, found me online and we really vibed musically, so we worked together. I then released ‘Fall into You’ and a few months later, ‘Vibe’, which have both done extremely well. I feel like now is my time.
What does a typical day look like for you?
It usually consists of me writing a song, whether it’s at home or out and about. My favourite time of the day to write a song is at sunset, these incredible melodies pop into my head. Otherwise I’m in the studio recording, working on projects, meeting up with other creatives, or catching up with friends (I usually sneak in a cheeky hour of Netflix). I like to keep productive.
What are the biggest challenges associated with making it in the music industry?
I think it’s staying completely true to who you are. It’s easy to completely adapt the ‘I’ll do anything to achieve my dreams’ mentality, but you don’t need to sell your soul to get there. There are many opportunities that come your way, and you’ll say yes to most of them, but some of them just don’t align with your true artistry or with your goals. I think as long as you don’t lose yourself in your hunger to make it, you’ll have a better chance at a long-lasting career when you do make it.
Who inspires you in work and daily life?
I think we find inspiration in everyone in our lives, whether it’s people we know and hold close or artists/leaders/public figures we are yet to meet.
Bob Marley is a huge inspiration for me, I listened to his music as a child and his lyrics are all truth, so that’s been engrained in me when writing my own songs – to write truth. I also admire Alicia Keys, from her voice to her music to her work ethic.
In life, spiritual leaders like Amma and the Dalai Lama inspire me to be kind and live with purpose. In daily life, my mum inspires me each and every day. She’s a gem.
What advice would you give to others trying to make it in the music industry?
Work hard, but be patient. At times we can feel like we’re working really hard but don’t see any results. The key is to keep working and never give up, just keep improving your craft, stay true to who you are and in time, things start to fall into place. All it takes is one moment or one person to notice you! Keep going, and do what you can to get your name out there.
Who has been the coolest person you have collaborated or worked with to date?
I am yet to work with one of my many musical inspirations (soon hopefully) but so far it has to be Eduardo Baldera. Eduardo is the Dominican producer I worked with on the house track, and over the past three years, although we have never met, we have become great friends and have gone on our own musical journey together. We’ve changed our musical styles, explored sounds and now we’re working together again. I just finished writing a track for his EP and he’s working on a track for mine at the moment. It’s incredible that we live across the globe and connected through music, I am extremely grateful it happened.
Image source: The Jitana.