Anouk van Dijk re­leases her first sin­gle

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - NATALIE POL­LEY

Pukekawa teenager Anouk van Dijk has set the stage for a ca­reer in the mu­sic in­dus­try, as she gets ready to re­lease her first sin­gle on Septem­ber 1.

Anouk recorded the sin­gle in Welling­ton, after win­ning her second na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for 2017 - the AMS Mu­sic, NZ Mu­sic Month com­pe­ti­tion with her song

After record­ing her sin­gle with Troy Kelly from The Ar­moury and STL Au­dio in Welling­ton, re­lease is set for Septem­ber 1 across AMS Mu­sic sys­tems na­tion­wide and all ma­jor on­line stream­ing sites.

The 14-year-old Onewhero Area School pupil started writ­ing songs just over 18 months ago.

‘‘I have al­ways wanted to make and write songs, but I never re­ally thought that it would go this far,’’ Anouk said.

‘‘I’m re­ally ex­ited that peo­ple will be able to hear my mu­sic. I never thought it would hap­pen this fast though. I only just turned 14 and started writ­ing songs less than two years ago.’’

Anouk said she lived by the say­ing ’live every mo­ment to the fullest’ and wanted to make her lyrics ‘‘more mean­ing­ful and deep’’.

So she de­cided to write a song based around that quote.

‘‘I be­gan with the verse and the cho­rus and that just came to me eas­ily,’’ Anouk said.

‘‘After a while I got stuck and had to con­tinue a few months later when my mind was re­freshed. I hope that my sin­gle will in­spire peo­ple to write mu­sic and to live every day like it’s their last.’’

Anouk said the record­ing process in Welling­ton was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘The pro­ducer be­gan by brain­storm­ing and telling us some ideas he had for the song. He was great be­cause he was also a mu­si­cian so his thoughts and ideas came from a mu­si­cian’s point of view.

‘‘We flew down early morn­ing and back late at night. All I saw of Welling­ton was the in­side of the record­ing stu­dio.’’

The young singer said she was look­ing for­ward to the pub­lic’s re­ac­tion to her sin­gle, but in­sists she isn’t after the fame.

‘‘I might want to be some­one like Jamie McDell, who is New Zealand fa­mous but still en­joys her own pri­vate life. She uses her fame to do good things for the en­vi­ron­ment and the an­i­mals which is ex­actly what I want to do.’’

Ear­lier this year Anouk was the win­ner of the Hook, Line, and Sing-A-Long with her song See www.face­ AnoukNZ/ for more.

Anouk van Dijk.

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