Who is Ana Sia?

Who is Ana Sia?

Her Twitter bio says she’s a “professional badass”. The Madero Group (who also manages BoomBox, Eliot Lipp, Ben Samples, and Ill-esha) calls her music “forward-thinking, classy bass”. And I once described her live show as “being beaten so hard by a sound that I wanted to shake my body like I was being electrocuted.”

That’s all true. She brings the party and she has fun doing it. But Ana Sia is also a thought leader in terms of innovation in the electronic dance music industry. She’s conscious of what’s going on around her, yet is always two (or ten) steps ahead of current trends, especially in her own productions.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Ana Sia via phone in anticipation of her January 26th headlining show at Altered Thurzday. Read on for a summary of our chat about what she’s been up to career-wise, as well as her thoughts on the current dubstep invasion that’s infiltrating the country.

Ana Sia performs at Wakarusa
Photo by C-Style Photography

MOJO: How’ve you been?
Good! I’ve only been home since Sunday. I was in New Zealand for New Year’s [to perform at the The EarthTonz Music Festival]. It was my first time there, so we went out for a week; I went on a four-day hike and just hung out before the event. Most of the artists only went for three days, which surprised me- it’s kind of a long flight, you know, and a big day of travel.

MOJO: Tell me about your newest release.
It’s a 17-track compilation called Surreal Estate featuring many artists from Frite Nite, our San Francisco and LA-based “crew”. It’s focused mostly on North American artists and attempts to answer the desire to step outside our immediate family and pool of producers. It has a very international feel and sound.

MOJO: You and I did a post-Summer Camp phone interview back in June of 2010. I retrieved a quote from that interview, your response to my inquiry about touring in the Midwest: It’s exciting to be sort of an ambassador [for these other parts of the United States] who haven’t yet been able to experience the new things happening on the West Coast. Obviously, EDM has come a long way in a short amount of time since we last talked. What are your thoughts on dubstep’s current U.S. invasion?
I’m grateful that electronic music is doing things like infiltrating the Grammy’s and Skrillex getting nominated for Artist of the Year. It’ just crazy. I’m stoked for these dudes and stoked for the success of electronic music is becoming popular. It’s paving the way for a lot of people, I think.

As far as my take on the music- my opinion of the music is quick to confirm the opinion of the movement, but the America-dubstep isn’t really my thing. *pauses* You know, I kind of play a complete 180 of that *laughs*. But any artist getting success and being able to provide whatever their art is- I think that’s great. Whether or not it’s my thing doesn’t really matter.

MOJO: How did you get the nickname “Princess Slay-ah”? [note: say it outloud]
*laughs* That was an old nickname *laughs again* given to me by The Glitch Mob.
MOJO: Really?
ANA SIA: *laughs again* Yeah. Just this old, inside joke.

Photo by iWally Photography

MOJO: All of your social media profiles reference a love for bass and low end music. When did your love for bass music develop?
I think it’s kind of an innate thing, really. I didn’t really realize that I was discovering dance music as I was discovering it. I don’t know if it’s something that can be taught. It’s just kind of this innate desire to hear the low end.

MOJO: How do you define your sound?
It’s a lot of experimentation and having a very wide palate of music and tastes. That’s what defines what I play now. But I like it all- I love hip hop. I love UK dubstep. I like house. I like techno. I like classical. I have a taste for it all. I think that come across in a lot of things that I play.

MOJO: What’s on your plate right now?
I’m working on some of my own productions and gearing up for summer festivals. I have a nice little run of west coast tour dates coming up supporting the album and supporting the other artists on the album by playing the music and touring with them.

From there, our formal interview transitioned into a friendly chat about summer music festivals and the ridiculously early announcements being made. I expressed interest in going to The Electric Daisy Carnival and she confirmed it’s as wicked as it looks; Ana Sia performed at the Colorado EDC last year and attended the flagship Las Vegas event as a spectator. She hopes to perform at The Electric Forest this year, an event also produced by Insomniac.

Check out Ana Sia‘s website for free mixes and podcasts.

And, of course, be sure to hit up The Mousetrap when she makes her Indianapolis debut at Altered Thurzday on January 26th!

butterfly_89000 & Ana Sia at The Bluebird in Bloomington
Photo by C-Style Photography