Ana had the privilege of discussing with Linda Garett from Indie Music Women what it means to be an independent female musician in nowadays reality, on the occasion of being featured as their Artist of the Day. There is much to be discussed on the subject of the artists’ independence in such times when the music industry is hardly an industry anymore and the small artist’s rights are so far from being protected in the digital era. And there’s an extra layer of difficulty when one’s a woman. It seems that now, as much as ever, or maybe even more today, the main focus should be keeping your eyes on what’s important and staying true to what you believe in.
“Music is not a business plan, or a way of making money, or advertising for a product, it is not even entertainment! Music is a very serious way of reflecting the world through sound waves and emotions, and when I make it I feel responsible for every step of the way, for it to be as faithful to reality as it can be – for me as an independent musician it means learning all the aspects of delivering the purest quality of goods directly from the oven, which for you as a listener of independent music means getting the closest soul-to-soul connection with music you could get!”
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A brand new release, right on time to celebrate the winter solstice, is “Soarele Meu”, a song in Romanian, with a light swing shuffle and a happy, easy groove about it.
The quite insightful and dexteruous pen of Craig Bacon described it for the readers of Music Tap in the brightest of colors: “Ana Patan […] she leans deep into the pocket of a tight jazz combo for a mood that’s, well…sunny.” “Putting on a brave face has never sounded like so much fun. Come for the lithe shuffle and slight swing, stay for the melodic guitar solo.”
Next song to be launched soon, from the upcoming album, is “Soarele Meu”. A samba-like groove with an optimistic statement that things will always get well again (“My sun will rise again”), in Ana’s mother tongue. Here’s a live video preview of it, recorded the other week in Berlin, at RadioDario, with Omeye Abbass-Yacoub on the bass.
Episode 166 of Foc de PAE, a two hours long Romanian show hosted by music journalism authority Andrei Partos, had Ana Patan as a guest this April 15th. The jovial chat, broadcasted live online for more than 6000 viewers and uploaded afterwards as the following Youtube video, had an interactive audience and touched on all sorts of subjects from social topics to music instruments, spinning memories, presenting cats, changing from Romanian to English and back, and going havoc while Ana played some of her new songs live with guitar and looper.
“[…] watching the great ones at work, see where their focus is, their reactions, and how their skills are only servants of that higher vision, understanding and respect for music.”
Click here to read a in-depth dialogue with Harrie de Haas for Ons Nieuws Music about the analog studio where Ana’s upcoming album was recorded, the challenges of a self-producer, Ana’s opinion of her audience, her love for chocolate, adventures from the past, and her perfect obedience to the advice of chief-assistant Foxy Fluffcore!
British radio station Wigwam nominated Ana Patan as one of the artists worthy of their prestigious award, in the folk category!
The Wigwam team has made a name for itself through their seriosity in pursuing the support of independent artists, a much needed activity in the music world of today, where the existing “industry” shows fast signs of collapsing and unability to sustain the quality and diversity of expression that such a creative domain depends upon.
This nomination came as a very pleasant surprise for Ana, who has so far launched officially three of the songs introducing her much-awaited album “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold”.
Obviously, they’ve been making an impact already, paving the path to what shows to be a good result of many years worth of a musician’s work!
Skillfully guided by Craig E. Bacon for American magasine Music Tap, the interview is touching on the different dimensions of Ana’s analog recording experience, from the creation process to the actual performance, first-hand insights and studio interaction with music personalities such as Jonas Hellborg, Devin Townsend or Zoltan Csörsz.
The discussion stands out through the spontaneity of answers and reactions and makes a point of introducing Ana’s new song, “Colors on Hormones”, which will have its official release on all music platforms on September 12 2018. The piece refers to Hong Kong, an exotic city of superlatives, “challenging all senses, of verticality, colour, sound, roots, reality…”
Until then, the prerelease version can be heard (and even downloaded for free for the next two weeks only) on Ana’s bandcamp page:
“General Conspiracy”, the first release from Ana’s upcoming album “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play and everywhere else on the net starting today!
Featuring guitars galore and Ana’s smooth, sultry voice, it is an energetic, humourful, groovy ode to the beautiful helplessness of human beings in their frantic daily race for control.
Curious? Give it a listen on Soundcloud:
The new album is announcing itself a heavy one indeed: more than thirteen kilos of magnetic tape on four 2″ reels! And that’s just the diluted result… First samples to be released soon!