DIY Spotlight: Anie Delgado

Cuban-American singer and songwriter Anie Delgado says that she’s been singing since she could talk. She got her first guitar in fourth grade, and that’s when she became interested in songwriting.

“All through middle school and high school, every day after school, I’d go back to this music room we had in my house and I would write songs and decompress from my day,” Delgado says. “When I was 18, I moved to New York City to go to conservatory. I didn’t really ‘get’ the music industry yet, so I just wanted to go and hone my craft. So the program I went to was acting, dancing and singing. Then I graduated and ended up moving to L.A. because I wanted to follow the dream of making pop music.”

Delgado describes her sound as a blend of dream-pop and EDM with occasional R&B influences. She draws influence, she says, from all over the place, not least from her own Cuban roots which soaked in while growing up in Miami. Her last single is “Dancing While the World is on Fire,” which tackles climate change.

“I talk about the issues that we’re dealing with right now, the biggest one being climate change,” she says. “It’s something I’ve always thought about because I grew up on the beach in Florida, then I went to Iceland a few years ago and I saw the glacial lagoon there was melting very quickly. It upset me. Sam and I were in the studio writing, and we were feeling the weight of the world during the pandemic. So this song surfaced, and it’s kind of a generational anthem about working together to make the world a better place.”

Delgado has a new song out, “Cloud9,” and is producing in the thick of a pandemic. COVID really focused her DIY mindset.

“I learned how to record myself, I learned a little bit of production, because we were in a position where we had to truly be away from the studio,” she says. “So this year has been huge on doing it yourself. Sometimes as an indie artist, it’s doing a bunch of  different things yourself.”

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