Deal puts uni­verse at mu­si­cian’s feet

Nelson Mail - - CULTURE - SARA MEIJ

Nel­son-born singer song­writer Anna Robin­son has signed a deal with Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing Aus­trala­sia.

It’s been a big year for the 21-year-old, who also hit 1 mil­lion streams on her lat­est re­lease Crave You on Spo­tify.

‘‘That was amaz­ing, I was like, ‘wow’.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely a re­as­sur­ance that peo­ple were lis­ten­ing and hav­ing the song be­ing heard by that many peo­ple gave me con­fi­dence that it is work­ing, that it’s go­ing well.’’

Robin­son said that of­ten she was so im­mersed into the songs she was writ­ing that she started ques­tion­ing if peo­ple would ac­tu­ally like them, so get­ting that con­fir­ma­tion was great.

‘‘It’s just amaz­ing to have so many mes­sages on In­sta­gram say­ing what the song means to them. It’s crazy to think some­one on the other side of the world is hear­ing your song and is re­lat­ing to it.’’

She’s known mu­si­cally as Robin­son, and has spent the last 12 months work­ing with song­writ­ers and pro­duc­ers in Los An­ge­les and Lon­don.

‘‘It was def­i­nitely a writ­ing phase for such a long time and then it came to re­leas­ing the mu­sic and it was like wow, it’s such a dif­fer­ent ball game re­ally.

‘‘You’re ob­vi­ously in the zone of go­ing to a stu­dio, it’s kind of com­fort­able be­cause you’re writ­ing stuff but no one is hear­ing it. It’s so much fun but very dif­fer­ent.’’

Robin­son is re­leas­ing her next sin­gle Noth­ing to Re­gret on Fe­bru­ary 23, which is about her life in the past year.

It’s the song that so­lid­i­fied her deal with Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Pub­lish­ing Aus­trala­sia.

A Garin Col­lege alumni, Robin­son is now based in Auck­land.

‘‘All through­out grow­ing up I was very mu­si­cally in­clined and would al­ways sing around the house. I taught my­self the pi­ano and picked up a lit­tle bit of the gui­tar af­ter that.’’

She hoped a move to ei­ther Los An­ge­les or Lon­don could be on the cards, but she would al­ways call New Zealand home.

Anna Robin­son has signed a deal with one of the world’s big­gest record­ing com­pa­nies.

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