After achieving huge success as part of electronic music group, Hot Natured, Anabel Englund is ready to branch out on her own. For this Californian singer-songwriter, her solo music means nothing unless it connects with people.
Anabel Englund doesn’t do small talk.
“I don't know how to just have a conversation that's not about anything,” she tells Headliner.
“I like to know who I'm talking to. Where are you from? What are the things that you like? Why are you the way that you are? What do you want to do with your life? Who are you? I want to tell you who I am. I don't know how to be anything else other than personal, because I want people to feel connected to me. I want people to feel like they know me – and I want to get to know people as well.”
Known for weaving personal lyrics over house music beats, the deep-thinking singer-songwriter was born to a musical family in Southern California and grew up attending Hollywood premieres surrounded by artists.
Forever bolstered by the infectious Hot Natured tune, Reverse Skydiving and her many collaborations with the likes of Lee Foss, Jamie Jones and Marc Kinchen (MK), Englund’s sultry voice has been heard from her hometown in Southern California, to shores around the world.
Staying true to the same energy that galvanized audiences while performing with Hot Natured, Anabel is now ready to share her personal connection with music, creative writing and people much more prominently in her solo works. Although admittedly, lockdown has made achieving that connection more difficult:
“I’ve done a few writing sessions, but not nearly as many as I did before all this happened,” she admits. “I'm the kind of person that needs to connect. It's really hard for me to truly connect [at the moment], especially when you're doing something so intimate is writing a song. But on the other hand, where that's been slowing down, I've been doing a lot of DJing, gathering tracks that I want to use, making mixes and playlists and getting a lot of things ready for my new music to be released.”
Music and the arts are in Englund’s blood – her grandmother is academy award winning film and TV star, Cloris Leachman, who helmed a family of actors, musicians, and creative personalities that inspired Englund to find her own artistic outlet. Although she says she was always realistic about her expectations for success from early on:
“Growing up, I never wanted to just be like, ‘I'm going to be a singer and that's it’ – and ‘I'm not going to try anything else’. I was thinking realistically. If I was going to try to be a singer, the chances of making it are slim to none, you know? I always wanted to do music, but it was never like I was trying to be a singer.
"So I feel so lucky to just kind of have it happened, but that's why I feel bad for people who are just like, ‘Okay, I'm going to quit everything and be a singer and just go for it,’ – because it is just so much work and persistence. I know that sounds kind of dreary, but it's the reality of things.”