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Anna Sharifi

Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?

I am Anna Sharifi, a Danish/Iranian-rooted musician, composer and producer with base in Berlin.

How would you describe your style and genre?

My music can be described as forward going synthesizer based electronic pop/ post-dubstep – perhaps a bit to the darker side. Live, I usually perform it in a duo with my partner in crime, Nina Branner, who plays the keys.

Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)

I am a great fan of musicians from a lot of different music genres – also from some very different from my own. I love the energy of System of a Down’s work, Leonard Cohen’s poetry, Amy Winehouse’s vulnerability, The Knife’s soundscapes, Janis Joplin’s Cosmic Blues gives me the chills every time I put it on. Another influence is the techno scene in Berlin, it changed how I think of music – from something going on in the head to a therapeutic connected-to-the-body cleansing experience- both the writing of it as well as the dwelling in it.
I think it has to do with the nerve in the music. Sometimes music just transports you to a different state of mind, it has the ability to elevate you within mili-seconds. So fascinating.

What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?

Right now I am working on a new EP with the name “uon” which is to be released in late fall this year, uon can be pronounced as the english “one” (the oneness of the humanity, of us, of the universe) or as “you-on” pointing to the individual being aware. On this EP we have moved in a more electronic, club-oriented direction – deep bass and spheric soundscapes – as compared to the first Anna Sharifi-EP “A New You” from 2016.
– Also, I am super excited that an additional synth- and guitar lady- Kirstine Kjeldsen will be joining us on stage soon!

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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?


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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?


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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
My overall biggest challenge is to manage the business aspects of being a musician. Sending out emails to venues, blogs, bookers etc., “selling” myself and my music. Until now this promotion has been done in DIY-style but I am looking to change that because it is really time consuming and I’d much rather spend my time on rehearsing with my band, producing and mixing my coming EP “uon” (this is a hint- if anyone is interested in business co-lab please don’t hesitate to reach out!)

(photographer: Tobias Nikolajew)

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How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?


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We meet again in one year. What has changed?


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