Anna Claire Loftis - 10 Questions Music Interview
Although Anna Claire Loftis may be musically drawn to minor keys and modes, her lyrics show a glowing outlook on worldly matters. Anna Claire’s music provides an escape that revels in authenticity and free flowing verses. Her hopeful spirit is not lost within her truth-telling art, but leaps out striking in songs like “In the Morning” and “Sleepwalker.” Speaking in metaphor and at other times quite plainly, she embraces her true calling as a poet of pop. Anna Claire's latest single, "Broke Like Glass" can be heard on Spotify.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I've taken piano since the second grade, but once I hit middle school, I started to explore my own emotions against the backboard of a piano. Emotions hit and bounce back in a way that's confidential and resounding.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
WELL... I'm hitting the road & going on tour this Spring. It's splendidly nauseating just to think about but I'm CRAZY excited to meet new fans and travel around with my band!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Realizing that success will never be of this world. I'm so content in my craft and this journey, and having that kind of peace is the greatest high point I could probably ever wish for.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Normally, I write while I drive. (Yeah I know, sorry to all the other drivers out there.) But, its cathardic the way traffic and lanes can melt away everything that's less important. After I have a beginning, I sit down at the piano and churn out the rest of the song. I'm so picky about the finished product though, so often times, the beginning is WAY more fun!
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The biggest question I struggle with is "Where should I direct my limited amount of resources and time?" It really takes a team to promote an artist and bring his/her vision to life. It's hard to decide who to place onto your team first. I started with a band, production & management... but not everybody starts that way. Also, time-wise, what am I (personally) doing to help bring this vision to life?
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Birdy - She's actually about my age, but started making music ages ago. I've always looked up to her.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My bandmates are currently living hours apart, so we like to operate really efficiently - the less is more policy. I expect everyone to show up on time and ready to play their parts. We shouldn't be learning the music at rehearsal - we should be learning (more so) how to mesh & funneling through the logistics of a show.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"In the Morning" - I released that track last year. (Check it out on Spotify!) But it references some pretty deep material - so I wanted to properly comb through lyrics and melody on that one.
Check out "In the Morning" on Youtube:
What's coming up in the future?
"Happy on TV" EP out in April! Tour beginning in April - STAY TUNED!
Tell us where fans can access your music?
For more information on Anna Claire Loftis, please visit her website.