With her debut album Four Seasons of Love, Ana Shine is telling everyone why she is an artist to keep an eye on. With a shifting style that fluidly moves from one genre to another, the album showcases her musicality while taking on the different stages of love. Through the tracks, she sets out her multifaceted approach to music and emotion while getting you seriously hooked to her fluid sound. Ana Shine took the time to chat with us about her debut album, creative process, emotional impact and much more!
OSR: Was there a moment or experience that made you realise that you wanted to make your own music?
Shine: There wasn’t any specific experience as I have always wanted to make my own music. Through music, I am able to express my feelings, thoughts and my emotions.
OSR: You have recently released your debut album Four Seasons of Love. Is there a backstory or theme to the album?
Shine: The theme is about the four stages of love. Each season represents a different stage of love.
Spring is the first stage when love blossoms. Summer is the second stage when love is intense and passionate. Autumn is the third stage when you start to have doubts. Winter is the fourth stage when you fall out of love, which is usually the hardest stage.
OSR: What prompted you to release your debut album now?
Shine: I had written a collection of songs and I was eager to release them as soon as possible, and this year felt like the best time to do that.
OSR: What was your creative process for the album? Did you start with a single track and build around it or did you start with the concept?
Shine: We wrote a lot of songs with my team and chose the most suitable ones to be singles and EPs. The remaining tracks were added to the album. As this was my debut album, I tried different methods to find and establish my style. I believe this album has helped me a lot to do this.
OSR: With the album working through the four stages of love, what would you like listeners to take away from songs?
Shine: I hope that listeners will be able to experience all the different areas of love throughout the album. Sometimes they are happy, sometimes they are sad, but I think it can make our life more meaningful and can help us strengthen our relationships.
OSR: There are a few musical styles in the album from infectious pop to piano-driven ballads. How easy or difficult do you find creating these different styles?
Shine: I wanted to include ballads as well as up-tempo tracks because I love playing different musical instruments and I’m obsessed with dancing! By experimenting on the album in this way, I managed to find my own unique style. I’m really looking forward to sharing my new songs with all the listeners.
OSR: Through the movements of the songs, you bring a touch of heartbreak and hope. Are there any personal experiences that you draw on to create these emotions?
Shine: I would say that all the tracks on the album are based on a range of personal experiences in my life rather than a single one. This means that it has been much easier to share the stories of my life.
OSR: If people could listen to only one song from the album, which would you recommend and why?
Shine: That’s a tough question but I would recommend ‘Be Yourself’ as it’s really personal to me and this song touches my heart with its lyrics and chords chosen for this track.
OSR: If your music were a colour, what would it be and why?
Shine: I would have to say purple. For me, purple represents being a dreamer and I’ve always been a dreamer ever since I was little.
OSR: What else can we expect from you in the coming 12 months?
Shine: The future is unpredictable and it’s hard to say when musicians can go back to performing. Saying that, I have been writing a lot of new material that I hope to release very soon. I am really excited about that.