Introducing Belgian Singer/ Songwriter Anna Winkin...
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist? Quite good. I spent the 1st four months of 2022 in Portugal and then came back to Belgium in April (where I'm from). I released a first Single called 'Self-Love' in February and just released a second one called 'Peace of Mind' on the 10th of May. I'm also happy to be spending some creative time in the studio meanwhile. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
When I started to write my first EP, it surprised me how all the songs came to me. I could feel that very strong call to write and sing and was also very pushed by a will to spread good vibes in this world. Today, I'm still very driven by this call but I guess I'm more mature and structured. I'm feeling more anchored and dedicated to move forward with my project. I need to express myself and I want to connect with people through music. How did you come up with your latest project?
The Singles that have been released this year since last year were written in 2018 and 2019 when I was in the middle of a crise in my intimate circle. These songs helped me navigate through everything. Where are you from originally?
I am From Belgium and it's where I grew up. My father is Belgian and My mother is from Congo. Where do you live now?
I'm currently based in Belgium. Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Definitely. Living in London (where I studied music) has been a creative boost for me. Art is so strong and the creative energy is amazing over there compared to other countries in Europe even though it is evolving step by step. After 7 years living in the city of London for my music studies, I now feel that I need more quiet and nature. This is where I can nurture and connect with new ideas. I found this peaceful and nurturing energy in Portugal where I recently stayed for 1,5 year.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
Music and especially singing had always been part of my life. My my parents put me in a music school when I was 4 years old and I never left. I learned flute, piano, music theory and all my life I was always singing in choirs. Even Though it was always with me, at some point, because it was not seen as a serious and secure job, I accepted that it would stay a hobby. I started studies in translation (English/Dutch) when I was 18 years old but in the middle of the first year I realised I would never feel happy by doing anything else other than music out of my life. So I thought that no matter what, I had to do it and give myself a chance. My parents supported me in my decision and the next year I went to study music in London. I did a Degree in Popular Music Performance at BIMM London and a masters in Jazz at the Guildhall school of music and drama. During these years, I discovered my passion to write and sing my own music and released my first EP in 2017. How do you want to shape your career?
I see myself going on tour in the next few years, traveling and sharing my music with a growing audience. Fingers crossed! Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I used to go a lot with the flow but this year is the first year I did a proper business plan (with a mentor I started to work with). It brought me a lot of clarity. I'm learning to balance the structure and the 'go with the flow' energy as I realize both are necessary. How did your latest title of your music come to be?
When I wrote 'Peace of mind' I was feeling stuck in the middle of a conflict between people I loved very much. It was a very difficult time for me. In the middle of all of this, I could hear these little voices in my head singing to me 'you deserve peace of mind' inspiring me to stop feeling responsible for things I couldn't control. This the song helped me go through that phase. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
I feel that sometimes I let some songs sleep for too long before deciding to release them because I feel I could continue to improve them again and again. I think I could start releasing songs a bit earlier instead of letting them linger on so long.. Or maybe not.. I don't know! Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
Yes. Each song reminds me of the atmosphere of the stage of my life I was in when I wrote it. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
MOVEMENTS OF LOVE Where do they go to listen NOW?
Everywhere. My music is available on all streaming platforms. Here is a link that gathers them: https://linktr.ee/annawinkin . What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
What I enjoy the most is when someone tells me that my music took them to a deep introspection. I want to help people connect to their hearts with my music. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
Yes, there will be a new Single coming at the end of June! Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? Here are my upcoming concert dates at the moment: 28th May at Jazz Marathon in Brussels (Belgium) 5th June at mOtown concert in Brussels (Belgium) 13th June at Le Musé d'Amour Absolu in Jodoigne (Belgium) 4th July at Le Kiosque du Bois de la Cambre, Brussels (Belgium) 20th August, I'm paying at Chantôshow in Geneva (Switzerland) I'll also have a date at the Sofar Session (Namur, Belgium) to be announced soon. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!