Ania Hoo’s EP Dandi-Tapes showcases her multidimensional sound and lyricism. At only 18 years old, the New Brunswick-bred artist takes notes from Solange and Marvin Gaye, and it’s evident in her cadence and beat selection. Listen to the project up top, and get to know more about her below.
How did your upbringing and your environment influence you being an artist?
In my household there was not just one type of music playing it can go from roots reggae to Jazz to Disco. This influenced me now because I love mixing different sounds of music. My first song was a trap beat with very melodic singing on top.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations musically?
My biggest music inspirations would have to be Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Solange.
What is your creative process like?
I really don’t know when I’m gonna write and create a song. I could write a bunch of songs at once. And then for weeks not write anything. It really depends on what inspiration hits me. Like with “Wild Child,” that was inspired by Jan Gaye, Marvin Gaye’s wife. I just read her book and then came up with those lyrics.
How do you identify, and how important is your identity when it comes to creating?
I identify as a Black women, which is very important to me. My music deals with a lot of anxiety which I feel is some times hard for black women to express so I try to express that for them through my music.
What inspires you to keep going?
Feeling so close. Also my family and very close friends who continue to encourage me, even when I just want to give it up. I know everything has a moment, and my moment will soon be here!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years I see myself with a Grammy .