Anjalts is Pure Raw talent that emerges like a breath of fresh air suddenly. With No Auto-tune, No over the top cursing or samples. A rebel muse pushing cultural & musical boundaries that refuse to be boxed into one genre or style. A Composer who was writing theatrical plays when she was 9 years old.
An artist who painted 20 piece oil on canvas collection to support environmental changes for the last decade. A Poet writing of human suffering and human rights issues meshed into her own story of encouragement in finding your true voice. She grew up in New York.
How did you come by your stage name?
My first name is Anjali and just about everyone called me “Anjal” (pronounced “Angel”) all my life. So “Anjalts” is a combination of my name, middle initial “T” and last initial “S”. It’s actually an ancient Sanskrit word that means “a divine Gift “of when you fold your palms together to pray.
I loved that it defined an action because it’s how we speak our sincerest truth this way, we give thanks this way, we remember to look up into the stars ✨ to aspire us to be our better self. And this purpose is something I thrive to live up to every day in my own life.
So, I am Anjalts (pronounced like “Angeles”). 2nd single release “Let’s Fly Away,” out now via Indi-label IXO Music Records. Listen to “Let’s Fly Away” HERE (https://music.anjalts.com/LetsFlyAway)
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I was raised by my Indo-Caribbean Grandparents in South America, Guyana, whose parents came from India. My grandfather was a natural at playing many musical instruments. I grew up listening to so many styles of music from Bollywood, Hollywood, Reggae, Latina music.
It was so much fun watching my grandfather play the Guitar then pick up a Sitar and just jam on it. I was inspired ever since I can remember being so little and it left a lasting impression on me. I also realized I was able to do the same & just play music on multiple instruments & embracing many genres.
My grandfather never got a chance to pursue music the way he wanted to because in my culture you basically receive little to no family support if you choose the entertainment world of music, art, film. Seriously like if you’re not a doctor, lawyer, or engineer, you’re basically on their “hopeless” radar list. I got to feel how my grandfather felt all his life as an isolated creator, where you can play your music inside, but not go public with it.
So, I don’t know if I ever saw it as a career because of all those tremendous walls & stigmas. Especially when you get labeled as a “rebel” when really you’re not and all you’re doing is what comes naturally to you. And the only truth lingers is that I enjoyed making music so much, and learning a variety of eastern & western musical scales. It’s like being in a playground for me. I absolutely love it.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I admire artists who basically embraced their own uniqueness & celebrate it like so many artists from the ’80s & ’90s was like that. They had their own one of a kind fashion, their different styles of music too.
As for my own sense of style, for me, it’s about comfort, so I personally love boots, scarves & jackets cuz I’m constantly freezing, so I’m always jumping around in boots all day… it’s great to let go and get wild sometimes especially after I attended a strict Catholic School where you had to wear uniforms all the time.
So, tying a scarf on a pair of boots and sliding into a leather jacket felt so good. Just being inventive with fashion is fun.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
I didn’t have a choice. We were all told to stay home & be safe due to Covid-19. Some of my friends & family struggled & overcame it. Some I lost forever and can never see again. It was dealing with the magnitude of lives lost that is still overwhelming.
I turned to music for comfort and clarity when I wrote the song “Remember You” realizing how helpless I felt at that moment when all I could do was to keep the memories shared alive in me. Probably the only thing we take with us from this life. So you could say the concept of it all was realizing the importance of creating good memories whenever we can. Listen to Anjalts 1st single debut “Remember You” HERE (https://fanlink.to/Anjalts)
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
First of all, I’m very hard on myself and most of the time I’m writing music late into the night till sometimes the next day. I become so immersed into it that I forget to just “leave it, it’s done and just releases it”. I guess that does sound like a mantra that can be applied to everything else in life, right? So in the meantime, I’m learning to trust my own instincts more.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
At the moment Yes, I’m enjoying what I do best—-> making music. I’m a big fan of film & stage composers like Joe Hisaishi, Hans Zimmer, A.R. Rahman, James Horner, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. I remember writing my first stage play at age 9, complete with story and music.
And I would perform it for all the neighborhood kids we all played together with and it was so funny because I would end up doing all the roles, changing my voice, frantically putting on different costumes. And, the one thing I remembered was how patient everyone was waiting & wanting to know what would happen at the end of the story. So yes, I’m a big fan of visuals to music to creating the ambiance, the experience, the escape.
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What are your plans for the near future?
Try to share more of my music & Art with everyone. I have written so many songs that never got released and I’m always writing new material. So, I can’t wait for my debut EP to come out this September and just keep putting out new music whenever I can.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
To my Grandparents for all their kindness, spirituality & love.
How can fans find you?
My Stars can find me mostly on my website at Anjalts.com, social media and maybe within their hearts one day?
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What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Music & Art is already a part of us just like a gift ….to share it with everyone. It’s a journey of our own experiences & our interpretation of it all that may not be the most perfect answer all the time, but don’t give up on the very thing that truly lights up your soul from within.