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ARTIST INTERVIEW: ANNIKA JAYNE


Interview


What first got you into music?



I grew up listening to classical music. I admired the composers for creating such beautiful music. I knew I wanted to compose music too. However, when I was 12, I discovered pop music. Soon after, I listened to folk musicians and fell in love with the sound of a guitar. I realized that I didn't just want to compose music, but specifically, I wanted to write songs. Although I had piano and violin lessons as a child, I did not start playing the guitar until I was 15. I wrote my first song when I was 16. The rest is history.



Where is it the Café Of The Lost Dreams?



The song's café takes shape in your mind. It's like a place you invent as you require it. However, I have encountered cafés that resemble it. This is mainly due to the owners of those cafes, who radiated the same kind of warmth as the owner in my song. They were people who made me feel safe. Anyone can create this café, even at home, as long as they provide a safe and kind atmosphere. However, having coffee and a piece of chocolate at home wouldn't hurt.




What memorable responses have you had to your work so far?



Many people have complimented my music. Some have even said they didn't realize they needed it until they heard it. Others have compared my voice to that of Suzanne Vega, Joan Baez, or Joni Mitchell.



Do you see yourself as music – nerd?



Probably, lol. I always have music in my head. My mind is constantly writing songs or thinking about arrangements, including which instruments or harmonies would work well within the song. Although Cats & Coffee Cups will be a purely acoustic album, my mind can't stop thinking about possible future arrangements. Additionally, I'm always trying to learn new things. Although I can play the guitar well, I am always striving to improve my skills. Recently, I have started learning the cello.



What’s your favorite artist from the contemporary folk scene?



That's an easy one: Melanie Horsnell.



Can you tell us a cringe memory of yours?



During a previous important gig, I forgot to bring a battery for my guitar pickup. This experience taught me the importance of being prepared and double-checking all necessary equipment before a performance. Fortunately, the sound technician had a spare one available, which saved the day.



How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?



The internet has its pros and cons. On the positive side, it is easier to gain recognition and connect with like-minded people through social media. However, making a living from music is challenging. While streaming is useful for marketing and exposure, it does not generate significant revenue. Personally, I prefer Bandcamp as it enables me to establish deeper connections and provides better financial returns than streaming.



How would you describe your perfect day?



The ideal day would involve sleeping in (as I am a night owl), followed by a peaceful breakfast of French croissants and a latte while listening to music. After that, I would spend my time either writing songs or improving my skills on one of my instruments. Another option would be to spend the whole day reading in a beautiful garden with a coffee on the table and a cat on my lap. To ensure a perfect day, all of the above should take place by the seaside in the south of France during the summer.



What’s your favorite movie of all time?


If I had to choose just one film that has influenced my art, it would be Amélie. Her character resonates with me as an introvert and possibly neurodivergent individual.



Do you sing in the shower? If yes, what songs?


No, I never sing in the shower!



Do you agree with the Pigeon?


Yes, the review is well-written and captures the essence of the song.


Review

Café Of The Lost Dreams (And The New Horizons) wins me over with delicate folk guitar chords that make me look up at the stars as I sit in the town's historic café. Jayne's evening is truly cinematic and helps to put us in an uplifting mood by lifting us out of the sinking sand the more we panic and ridding us of the emptiness with timeless acoustic sounds.

Annika is also a captivating narrator who can tell a story of hope with her soft voice, which sounds truly unique! This artist has a knack for words when she sings to us that our misery isn't as bad as it seems and that life is full of surprises! In this café we can order sweet treats such as coffees, cookies, chocolates, etc. that instantly change our mood. All in all, "Café of Lost Dreams (And The New Horizons") is an uplifting song that leaves a tear in the corner of your eye, especially when you find yourself at a dead end in life and hope to find a solution.





 















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