Spindle Meets: Fanny Andersen

Friday 20 October 2017

From a young age, Fanny Andersen has shown that no theme is too big to be addressed in her lyrics. In her uplifting Nordic Pop beats, Fanny exposes her own misadventures and growing pains associated with leaving youth behind. Her breakout single ‘Not A Toy’ is an anthem for getting rid of that dead weight guy you’ve been dating, and by baring her mistakes in her lyrics Fanny voices a problem that affects an entire generation. I would describe hers as pitch-perfect electro-pop music by a young woman that knows her worth and is unafraid to stand up for herself and her peers… Bit of a mouthful, I know.

I think we should celebrate and support artists who boldly express themselves instead of discrediting them. Do you agree with that?

100%. I feel like that we have been put against each other for a long time, but I also think that we are on the brink of something new. We’re more supportive of each other these days. It is very important that it stays like that.

Has anyone tried to sway you from being so open about the way that you see and face the world?

Not at all. We released our last single ‘Kids’ on our own, so I didn’t have anyone saying that I shouldn’t do that.
I have crazy ideas of what I want to do as artist, but all the feedback that I’ve been getting from my management is positive. It’s really cool!

What would you say to yourself if you could travel back to 2015, when ‘Kids’ came out? Did you ever think that you’d make it this far?

I was going to stop making music back then. We had ‘Kids’ and we sent it out to everybody and everybody kept turning us down. I began to think, that this isn’t meant to be. That’s why we ended up releasing it on our own. I had no expectation of seeing it getting this far!. I have no words to describe it. It still feels insane to me! If 2015 Fanny could see 2017 Fanny.. I think she would have said” ‘That’s bullshit, that’s not true!”.

Your new track ‘Not a Toy’ is pretty raw. Were the lyrics inspired by a particular experience in your life? Or do you feel that these messages need to be put out there?

I think it’s a bit of both. I always write from experience and you can use your experiences to help others. I feel like that’s what I was trying to do.

This song is about a particular boy. In a way, it is about an episode of my life. A lot of boys are acting like this recently. One of my best friends was [going] through the same thing as I [was] at exactly the same time. I was just tired of it. This song is an anti-fuckboy anthem.

You’ve got Kito to produce the track as well. How did this happen? Did you ask particularly for a female producer for this track, or did you two just link up in London?

I was in London for three weeks and Kito was my last session. It was also my last day in London! It was the most amazing thing ever, we wrote this song in like 10, 15 minutes.

For me, with producers, you have to find the ones that you’d like to work with. Kito has actually produced another song with me. She’s got a song on my upcoming EP. I love working with her. It’s amazing, we had two sessions and we had two singles out of the two sessions. That doesn’t happen really.

So, does this mean that there’s new material coming out soon?

My next single is coming out next month. I am super excited about that!

We’re looking forward to hear it. Just to wrap it up: If you had the opportunity to spend a year on the road with any band in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My band. Because they are absolutely amazing and we have the best time together every time we play. Spending a year on the road with them? That would be a dream!

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