Anastasia Elliot approaches her entire music career with nothing but the bigger picture in mind. Like a painter standing in front of a canvas, she views everything with a “whole world or nothing” mentality. One part singer-songwriter, one-part visual artist she cannot feel satisfied until she has created an entire immersive universe for her listeners; casting broad auditory strokes of symphonic pop-rock, then mixing them harmoniously with mind-bending visuals. Everything is meticulously planned to ensure optimal delivery of her vision. Her current masterpiece, forthcoming LP “La Petite Mort” is a testament to that state of mind.
Currently based out of Nashville Tennessee, Anastasia has worked tirelessly building the next phase of her plan. This includes the release of new music, videos, scheduling live shows and tours. In just a short time, Anastasia has accumulated over 500,000 digital streams and 1 million views on YouTube and counting, as well as many live television performances. While on tour, she hosted her own panel at NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) on the future of technology for independent musicians. In addition to headlining a benefit show with The Great Khalid Foundation for the families of the victims of the Walmart massacre in El Paso, Texas. Anastasia has also done many public speaking engagements with high schools, colleges, and corporations focusing on healing trauma and mental illness. This includes a lecture partnering with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) for high schoolers during the time of Covid.
Anastasia’s way of life, she says, is about finding outlets that allow her to stay open and inspired, that prevent her from ever becoming stuck. The end result of this constant stretching, unfurling, and relentless commitment to expansion can most poignantly be traced in the lyrics for “Bleach,” in which Anastasia sings, “I will never paint you a picture with a scene of obvious fixtures.” Anastasia welcomes you to her world and hopes you enjoy what she has in store for you.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist? Of course! I can't believe we are already almost half way through 2022! This year is off to a great start! It has been amazing to be back on stage playing for live audiences after the pandemic break and I am thrilled to continue the rollout of my debut album. I have spent so much of this year creating content for upcoming releases and we have also begun writing for the second album! Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? I have transformed in so many ways. I spent many years more than typical developing myself as an artist and really cultivating an intentional brand. I learn new skills almost daily that continue to grow me as an artist. I am always just looking for ways to get deeper into the center of who I am so I can create things that are authentic to every changing moment. I think if we ever stop transforming as individuals, that's where unique creation stops. How did you come up with your latest project? My upcoming album, La Petite Mort, is a visual experience album that explores themes of love, loss, death, and resurrection. My name, Anastasia, means resurrection. The album was inspired by the many traumas and personal deaths and resurrections that I have been through in my life including my plane crash, the loss of my voice, and beautiful toxic relationships. Every song off of the album tackles a new experience or emotion that occurs during the turbulence of personal growth. This project unfolded for me over a few years of writing and diving into myself and not putting any limits on my creativity. In my own mental health journey, this album was my way of expressing my healing and exploring the reality and fantasy that live so close to one another in my head. Where are you from originally? I am from Houston, TX originally Where do you live now?
I currently reside in Nashville, TN Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Definitely not. I make music in a lot of places, but I can't say that my surroundings in a city have ever been a source of inspiration for me. What was the inspiration to make music your career? Music has been my career path since I was a child. I never considered doing anything else with my life. I am fortunate to have a supportive family that always encourages me to follow my dreams as hard as I can. I grew up around the arts in Houston: the symphony, the opera, and the ballet. I have always been set on creating a life where I could make magical worlds come to life like that. How do you want to shape your career? In a perfect triple rainbow arch with 3 big pots of gold at the end. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? Time never matters to me when I am creating. I always go with the flow and work on everything until I feel it is fully expressed. I would rather spend extra time on something great than force out something just okay. How did your latest title of your music come to be? London's title was inspired by the line in the song "Just saw you dance for me underneath the sky in London. I've never been to London." The song is about loving someone across space and time through many lifetimes and the other person not really remembering me. I felt like the destination of a reality that was glitching in and out for me was the perfect encapsulation of the meaning of the song. "London" felt romantic and I think it immediately evokes a visual in your mind when you hear it. It gives the story a setting and a tone. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done? I think releasing music into the world is always challenging. As much as I would like for it to be an easy process, so much goes into making a song a success and getting it into people's ears. I always feel excited to share it with the world and also the nervousness is not dissimilar to sending your child to school for the first time. The unknown is an exciting and terrifying place when you are talking about releasing something you love! Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music? I have a deep emotional attachment to my music. The emotional meaning of songs always changes for me over time. I think that songs grow with you. I gain more insight into lyrics I wrote after the fact, I find new ways to sing the melody, and I give different inflections to different words. The songs I write are like an extension of my energy into the world. They are always a part of me.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? Bold
Where do they go to listen NOW? Everywhere that music can be streamed or purchased! https://hypeddit.com/anastasiaelliot/london What has been the best fan reaction to your music? All fan reactions are the best reactions. It never ceases to amaze me when people connect with my music. There is no reaction better than another. If I made something that resonated with someone, my heart is full. Is there anything exciting coming up for you? Yes! We are playing lots of live shows. Check my website or social media channels for details. I will also be releasing the music video for London on May 11. After that, many more songs and visuals. I also have an interview series on Youtube that will soon be streaming as a podcast as well called The Purple Sessions. I interview fascinating people about creativity, mental health, wellness, and how they inform each other. There is a new episode released every week! Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? We do play London live! I am always updating my website and socials with live show dates. I hope to see you there! Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview! https://www.facebook.com/officialanastasiaelliot https://www.instagram.com/anastasiaelliot https://www.twitter.com/anastasiaelliot