An in­ter­view with ANIKID Writ­ten by Meghan Scott

Odalisque - - Connections 2017 -

I’ve seen ANIKID per­form a few times now, her en­ergy on stage and te­na­cious voice draws you in, the way she com­mu­ni­cates with the au­di­ence gives you a feel­ing as though you were up there with her on stage, feel­ing what she feels. Her most epic per­for­mance I’ve seen so far was when she per­formed Kleerup's "Let Me In" on stage with some of Swe­den’s hottest acts at the Stock­holm Mu­sic & Arts Fes­ti­val last sum­mer. It was mag­i­cal and she stole the en­tire show. I re­cently saw her at an in­ti­mate gig in Stock­holm, she and her band played zsome of her new songs, was such a cool and or­ganic vibe. An­nie Con­ner aka ANIKID is a very charm­ing hu­man, full of wit, hon­esty, brav­ery and com­pas­sion. Her im­per­vi­ous and cool, yet ef­fort­less style tells a story in its own. Her street smarts, which I’m gath­er­ing come from be­ing brought up both in Glas­gow, Scot­land and Botkyrka, a sub­urb of Stock­holm, and her busi­ness smarts to­gether check all the boxes for a guar­an­teed mem­o­rable mo­ment with this girl pe­riod. I met up with ANIKID at one of her lo­cals in her neigh­bor­hood in Stock­holm. We were both run­ning a lit­tle be­hind, which is kind of a rit­ual we have to­gether, no stress! We or­der some wine on the heated ter­race, light up our men­thols like two ol’ grannies and catch up on our busy lives. Af­ter a bunch of laughs about funny sit­u­a­tions we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced since our last hang­out, five segues later and another round, we even­tu­ally get down to busi­ness. We chat about her first EP, KILL YOU DOWN, BOOM, which has four songs sub­se­quently called 'KILL, YOU, DOWN, BOOM'. You will never hear ANIKID sing­ing about ma­te­rial goods, how much things and stuff one has, or pop­pin' bubs in tha clubs. Her catchy hooks on top of cool beats with an up­beat tempo al­ways have a message. Lyrics are ev­ery­thing for ANIKID.

M: In your song "BOOM, BOOM, BOOM". Your first verse starts with “Ev­ery­where you feel our fire and we’re gonna make the flames reach higher, from our streets to your em­pire... keep on point­ing fin­gers and Imma break ‘em off, one by one your choke on our smoke ‘til you can’t breath…”, sounds sin­is­ter and I love it. What does this mean?

A: I wrote this song a few years ago dur­ing the so-called ri­ots in the sub­urbs of Swe­den. The me­dia and govern­ment were paint­ing a pic­ture of im­mi­grants and still are, with very lit­tle trace of any re­spon­si­bil­ity of the sit­u­a­tion. “Those who make peace­ful rev­o­lu­tion im­pos­si­ble will make vi­o­lent rev­o­lu­tion in­evitable” - a quote from JFK. Peo­ple have been pushed into seg­re­ga­tion and given lim­ited op­tions whilst me­dia are us­ing fear­mon­ger­ing as a tool for gov­ern­men­tal schemes. And if you look at the lead­ing par­ties through­out not only Swe­den, but the world, it’s work­ing. What they don’t re­al­ize if they (sic) don’t help the peo­ple and just point fin­gers, they will get what they are point­ing about, it will get worse. We are in a time where we all have to help our broth­ers and sis­ters if we want so­ci­ety to live peace­fully.

M: So true. It’s so great that you are send­ing th­ese mes­sages out. You also have

started a char­ity to help women, ‘#Iam­sis­ter’, that is so amaz­ing. Can you tell us a lit­tle bit about it?

A: In my opin­ion, all forms of neg­a­tive en­ergy can and should be turned into pos­i­tive change, or at least the be­gin­ning of it. #Iam­sis­ter, sim­ply put, is a cam­paign to back each other up, for women to delete the pre­pro­grammed men­tal­ity that we are one another’s threats and in­stead to em­brace the power of an al­liance with a mu­tual goal. In this case the mu­tual goal is to help cre­ate funds and aware­ness for ex­ist­ing foun­da­tions who work with top­ics sur­round­ing women's equal­ity, safety and rights. This is not a ques­tion of one group vs. another. We are all here to­gether, and we all do bet­ter when we all do bet­ter.

M: That’s great. This neg­a­tiv­ity en­ergy is preva­lent in the mu­sic in­dus­try too, have you ex­pe­ri­enced a sit­u­a­tion as a fe­male artist you could share with us?

A: Oh yes, this one time, in band camp (laughs), I at­tended an event and I was in­ter­viewed by a pub­li­ca­tion cov­er­ing the event, and her sec­ond ques­tion to me af­ter ask­ing how I was “I hear you are mar­ried, is your hus­band ok with you be­ing here tonight?”, like what the fuck? There are other ways to ask about fam­ily and per­sonal life. Would some­body ever ask a male mu­si­cian if his wife was ok with him be­ing out, never. And the pres­sure to be half naked or overtly sex­ual to sell records is ridicu­lous, if I want to wear my track­ies on stage, I will. And I will give the same en­ergy and per­for­mance to my au­di­ence. I don’t need to ‘shake it’, when ac­tu­ally a great message for as­pir­ing fe­male mu­si­cians would be, ‘If you don’t feel like it, don’t shake it. If you do, then do.’ Pe­riod.

M: For sure, and also the is­sue of age for fe­males in al­most any in­dus­try. What do you think about that?

A: I think there is so much pres­sure in so­ci­ety in gen­eral, this ‘too old’ and ‘too young’ thing, who cares how old or young some­body is when they are do­ing some­thing they love and they’re do­ing it well. Change it if you don’t like it any­more. My next sin­gle “Time” is ba­si­cally bring­ing this topic up. “Time is some­thing that they stole, with made up rules in rab­bit holes…”, that some­body, some­where along the lines of hu­man evo­lu­tion, de­cided that there’s an age limit for life to be lived as you feel it. As long as it beats, fol­low it.

M: You seem to be a hu­man­ity driven per­son, I’m as­sum­ing you have an en­vi­ron­men­tal sen­ti­ment as well.

A: Yes, I try to be con­scious as much as pos­si­ble, and I’m still learn­ing, and I think it’s great that the in­for­ma­tion and op­tions for a bet­ter way of life are grow­ing out there... I try not to waste and over con­sume, and I’m an un­con­scious on- and-off ve­gan, what­ever that means (laughs). The meat and fur in­dus­try is to­tally fucked and the value of life has been com­pletely for­got­ten.

M: It’s tragic. On set for this shoot, you had a lovely Wil­hja jacket made of fur. At Odalïsque, we are op­posed to us­ing fur, but this one be­came the ex­cep­tion of the rule. Tell me about the jacket?

A: It’s from Wil­hja, this amaz­ing Swedish de­signer with a great message. She doesn’t sup­port any kind of an­i­mal breed­ing for the sake of hu­man in­ter­ests. The jacket is made from the skin of a rein­deer who passed nat­u­rally or may have been road­kill. She

shaved into the fur and made an in­sane piece of art, it’s so beau­ti­ful. She be­lieves all furs, as all lives, are unique. It’s great with brands Jo­hannes Adele, Dag­mar and Re­make, the younger gen­er­a­tions of de­sign­ers are forc­ing the in­dus­try to change.

M: I love that, and the jacket! You can wear it with pride and kind of have the soul of the an­i­mal with you.

A: Ex­actly.

M: Let’s go to that party we were go­ing to go to.

A: First, one last fag.

M: Haha, of course!

If this con­crete kid is not on your playlist yet, she sure will be af­ter hav­ing a lis­ten, check out her new al­bum, out soon!

Pho­tog­ra­phy by San­dra Myhrberg / The New Agency Stylist Meghan Scott Hair & make up Linda Sundqvist / Adamsky Man­age­ment Pho­tog­ra­pher’s as­sis­tant An­nica Zion On-set fash­ion as­sis­tant Dahlia Ce­lestina Spe­cial thanks to Lilla Paris

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