R&B singer and songwriter Annika Bellamy who grew up in Las Vegas, NV has roots from all over the world, stretching from Indonesia to Europe and is now based in Long Beach, CA. Together with producer Jayden Panesso (front man for band “Sylar”) she has released the Spanish Reggaeton ‘Olvidarte’ earlier this year and last month the fierce contemporary R&B track ‘Psycho’.Her newest track ‘Psycho’ is bold, blunt and bouncy and makes you feel like you’re in a dimmed club ready to shake it all off. Fascinated to know more we sat down to have a chat about this empowering anthem and what the future might hold for the R&B artist.
YMX: Hey Annika Bellamy, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: This song is about cutting loose from a toxic relationship. Realizing that I’ve been fooled and manipulated for far too long. I finally cut the cord and moved on. I think many of us have gone through this painful, yet ultimately rewarding and freeing experience.
YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: I’ve always loved the idea of entertaining people even as a child. I think I really started devoting the time and attention that this requires when I was exposed to recording in professional studios with professional producers and engineers. When I saw how people started reacting to the songs I created I knew that this was what I wanted to do.
YMX: You recently released ‘PSYCHO’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: A while back when I spent 9 straight days in a Fullerton California guest house writing and recording with Sylar front man, and producer Jayden Panesso, we emerged with two badass songs. One is my first full Spanish Reggaetòn song “OLVIDARTE”, and the other song is this contemporary r&b “PSYCHO”.
YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to ‘PSYCHO’?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: What I hope is that people would listen to this song and think of how it applies to their life in their own way. Rather than me dictate how I think this story applies to someone’s life.
YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: Getting together with even small groups of people has been difficult because of covid. Collaborating remotely is probably the biggest single change. On the bright side I found working alone at times has been very productive as well.
YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: I love to write alone when I’m in my zone, but I prefer creating and collaborating with a team because when I am with super talented people more ideas seam to flow naturally.
YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: With covid it’s been awhile since any sort of live gig and yes I’m totally down for live-streaming. I’m actually planning one now!
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
ANNIKA BELLAMY: More new songs! I’m already working on new songs with some super talented producers and I’m really excited about it! I hope people love this new album that comes out next year as much as I do, and it has a positive impact in some small way with people.