Hey :) Since 2008, I've gotten over 15,000 subscribers and 3 million views on Youtube. One of my covers was featured on MTV Europe. Out of over 20,000 applicants, I was 1/5 songwriting finalists in the National YoungArts competition. My song "Baltimore" was part of the 2016 Cane Records album which won an Independent Music Award.
My strength is in pop melody and lyric writing, but I have a background in classical and jazz piano. I've also recently started taking drum lessons. I find that having a strong musical background combined with constantly listening to the latest trends in pop music allows me to write melodies that enhance the production underneath. I use my ears...but I can get technical too. I've written toplines for producers such as Le Boeuf, vowl., Raider, middle school, Luxide, and Luxholm.
I was coached in songwriting by the pop song whisperer herself, Suzan Koc. A music publisher who coached the songwriters who wrote "What a Girl Wants", "Bitch", "Just Give Me a Reason", "Stronger" ( the Kelly Clarkson one), and many more.
I was taught piano by Dave Clark. A local piano teacher from Tampa, FL who taught Colin O'Malley - an orchestrator for YANNI, and fellow collaborator of Thomas Bergersen from Two Steps from Hell.
I currently attend the University of Miami Frost School of Music for Music Production and Songwriting on full scholarship.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Anh Le
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It may sound really simple...but I probably went through at least 5 drafts to come up with that.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. When do you need this by? 2. What do you want it to sound like? 3. Do you have specific sections that you would like for me not to sing on? 4. How would you like for me to sing it? ( I might get light headed but yes...I can make this sound more breathy) 5. What do you want the audience to feel when they hear this song?? **8
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Much like a producer, if you got a reference song that makes it a whole lot easier for me to get what you're trying to go for - ya feel me? Also, let me know how much you want to be involved. I can either lock myself in a room and be like " ok see ya in three days with a song!" - or we can have a couple of skype dates. I'm always down to become friends :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: hah! That's basically what I have now. So I'll take it all! my computer, mic, midi-keyboard, and my hard drive with all my sounds.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I took piano lessons when I was 5, started singing in some hardcore choirs, started writing songs ( did all of this while making youtube covers). Started really dedicated my whole life to music when I went into college.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Girly? :) Short- punchy, pastel-colored. or dark, sassy, makes-you -wanna-do a body roll.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Asia Whitacre is my songwriting idol and I'd love to work with her some day ( she wrote Starving and Most Girls by Hailee Steinfeld) Lido because he's always spreading the message that you should always listen to yourself and follow your gut over the advice of others. Ironically, I've taken that advice to heart.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always ask "why?" Your answer doesn't have to be deep (because it makes the song sound more #bangin' is a perfectly acceptable reason) but you need to justify your choices.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop/ electronic.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Hmm..consideration of the audience. I always think: is this something the audience will want to sing-along to? Or is this just something that makes me sound good. I never let my skill as a vocalist cloud my judgement on what makes a strong, catchy melody.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I work chords/melody first. When I'm writing, I kinda have a feel of what the emotion is going to be and what key words will be sung. But, honestly, it's mostly gibberish lyrics until I LOVE the melody I've written. Then, I walk around playing crossword puzzle with my own song to see what words communicate the message I'm trying to convey while not getting in the way of the melody.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Your typical bedroom studio: Mic, preamp, computer, keyboard, headphones, a very full hard drive.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Lido, Alison Wonderland, Lauv, Kehlani, Asia Whitacre, Julia Michaels, Banks, Vérité, Great Good Fine OK, Loote, Illenium, Sundial
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Topline and singing