FACING THE MESS WITHIN US: ANATÉ AND “CONFUSION”

Anatè is a musical duo from Paris, France, comprised of Ana and Delman. Ana is a young singer and songwriter who has always continued to write music independently, until meeting with producer Delman, when they started Anaté project together. Delman is a producer and guitarist. Their collaboration has allowed mixing influences of artists of the past and present, with sounds that take inspiration from trip-hop groups such as Hooverphonic, Massive Attack, and Morcheeba, while the vocal part recalls artists such as Sade, Dido, and Amy Lee. Their first single “Confusion”, taken from their debut album, tells of duality within each of us, the conflict between what we want and what we are allowed to want, between who we are and who we expect to be, between emotion and reason. Confusion is nothing more than the result of these conflicting concepts, which we must eventually welcome and embrace. The piano and trip-hop sounds are the backdrops to Ana’s emotionally charged voice. The conflict between emotion and reason comes to an end and we end by accepting both moods…


YMX: Can you tell us about yourself as an artist? Where are you now, how you started, and what are your goals.

ANATÉ: Ana: Is was trained in classical piano since a young age, coming from a family where people always “flirted” with music. Around high school I wanted to try out singing as well in a more “professional” way, so I started having singing lessons. This led to me joining a band after finishing high school and acting as a lead singer, songwriter and keyboards player until I had to continue my university studies abroad. During the university period, I kept the passion for music alive but without much activity in that direction. After starting work, I gradually started more and more writing and performing in bars, until I met Andrea and we started the Anaté project together. My goals are to continue more and more on this artistic path (as I am doing it part time for the moment), create more music, find my direction and ultimately discover who I am as an artist. These are just the first steps and I consider it as a learning and exploration process, and I am grateful for whoever decides to come along and follow our work 😊 My goal is to make music that “moves” people. Whatever that means for them. Andrea: I was trained in classical music as well, but turned quick to guitar as my main instrument. I started getting passionate about production a few years ago, but I started being serious about it only in 2018, as I finally had the chance to build a proper home studio. Anaté is the first project I really feel proud about in terms of songwriting and production quality. My goal is simply having the chance to be heard as much as we can – and start gigging as soon as the situation will allow to do so.

YMX: Some of our readers might not be familiar with you yet, how would you describe your sound?

ANATÉ: Ana: I do not focus on sounding in a particular way when writing music so that people can associate it with another artist, therefore I personally find it difficult to say. However, I can rely on other people’s observation: I’ve been told many times that my vocals remind of Sade, Dido, or even Amy Lee. Andrea: the album was initially inspired to classical Bristol trip-hop acts such as Massive Attack and Portishead. As the work progressed I started including more electronic and classical pop sounds as it sounded better suited for Ana’s songwriting. Confusion was written roughly halfway through the album. It still features trip-hop ambiances (e.g., in the break before the last chorus), but they are paired with piano, acoustic drums and electric bass, giving it a kind of “retro pop sound”, which is supposed to remind late commercial music.

YMX: Who have been your biggest influences so far?

ANATÉ: Ana: I feel one is unconsciously influenced by the idols one had at a young age. I grew up on Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. I consider that the “depth” of my music & the provocative side at times are definitely influenced by these two. However, I am musically curious and I cannot stick to just one genre, I find it rather constraining. Just as an example, some other cassettes I owned in my childhood include Sting, Faithless, Robbie Williams, Lenny Kravitz… So quite broad in terms of what makes me “move”. 😀 Andrea: I grew up with Pink Floyd as well and I think that consciously or unconsciously Gilmour influence sometimes pop up in my guitar tracks. Classical trip-hop acts mentioned above influenced a lot my production style, as I like layered arrangements and I really love using heavily mangled samples. I also used to listen a lot of brit-pop and I tend to look there when it comes to song structure and songwriting.

YMX: You just released CONFUSION. Could you tell us how the project came about?

ANATÉ: Ana: The song was born pretty much like almost every other song on the album: I was going through a rough time emotionally and psychologically and I needed to understand the situation & myself better. Writing helps me obtain clarity in such moments, and the purpose is ultimately to share my “stories” with the audience, connect to those who maybe at one point felt the same and share with them my “learnings”. The song talks about duality. About the conflict between what we want and what we are “allowed” to want; between who we are and who we are expected to be; between emotion and reason. I feel many people could relate to this, especially in a society where image is important. Where the pressure to conform makes us feel emotionally and psychologically drained, as it hinders us from being who we truly are. I do feel society is evolving in that sense and becoming more accepting, but we are still not 100% there yet. I therefore talk for the people who still feel that fear and experience that inner conflict.

YMX: 2020 has been a hard year for everybody, especially for musicians such as yourselves with the absence of performing live. How have you been coping this year?

ANATÉ: Ana: I think the 2020 situation could be both beneficial and detrimental to artists. Beneficial because it allows more time for creative work, for building an online presence (which is important nowadays) and for exploring new ways of promoting one’s music. The detrimental part is quite obvious… almost no shows, no way of making in a living for full time artists… not at all fun. We are part-time musicians, so fortunately we could focus on the good part – advancing as much as we can on the creative side for example. The situation did however have a negative effect on our plans: we had to delay the release of the album, we had to postpone some live sessions we were planning, and it stopped us from building a local presence in Paris, which was what I started to do before the Corona thing happened.

YMX: What does playing live represent for you? a way to make yourself known or a way to express yourself?

ANATÉ: Ana: I see playing live as both a way of expressing yourself and making yourself known. I personally love the self-expression side of it, it brings out a totally different side of the artist and it allows to visually and physically express the message of one’s music. It is a way of connecting with the public and getting that message across. It is emotion. That is definitely something that I appreciate about playing live and I cannot wait to do it more and more. Regarding the promotion part – yes, it surely helps to make yourself known, at least for the local public. It helps if you want to start having more and more gigs and events. It provides exposure and it’s also a means of practicing that side of your “artistry” after all.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future? in terms of releases, live streams, gigs?

ANATÉ: Ana: The album is ready to be released, it should come out somewhere in March next year. Until then, we are planning to gradually release some singles off the album, accompanied mostly by live studio videos in which we play acoustic versions of the songs with the band. After the album is out, we would of course like to start performing live, if the situation allows us to. We will most probably focus on local scenes, Milan or Paris/Berlin. In terms of next steps, a second album is already in the making.