“I want everyone to know that they are not alone in the hard emotions of life — the grief,
sadness, despair, depression, and anxiety.” – Ana Lete
All we need sometimes, is to be understood. That is the feeling that you get while listening to Ana Lete. Her songs go right to the root of your problems “thoughts”, and then, with a nice beat get you to a nice resolution. Her lyrics are not a cliché, and they will never get you bored, as they are a piece of authenticity. What you are about to read is the voice of someone who is not afraid of showing herself as a soul. She’s got the feeling! I invite you to listen to her on Spotify and also to visit analete.com in order to stay tuned to all her social media.
When did your music career begin?
I started writing songs 5 years ago, in 2015, to process the grief and sadness I experienced after my guitar instructor, Christi Green, passed away unexpectedly. Through writing songs, I realized how powerful and therapeutic music can be. A few months later, I showed a few songs I had written to my friend, Ashton Jenicek (bass), and we started playing shows and house concerts together. Later on, our friend, Gavin Peterson, joined us on drums.
Which part of producing music do you enjoy the most?
While I enjoy lyric writing and coming up with guitar parts, I think one of my favorite parts of producing music is either singing a new song for the first time when it’s still new and raw, or, the moment I hear the final recording of the song for the first time.
Why jazz-inspired songs?
In college, I played guitar in a vocal and instrumental jazz combo. Through those ensembles, I heard jazz vocalist, Billie Holiday, for the first time, and was hooked. I began singing along to all of her songs in my car while I’d drive, and, to this day, she’s a big influence to me singing-wise. In my guitar playing, I also use several jazz chords while I’m playing different finger picking patterns because I’ve always loved the sound of those chords.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Would you describe your creative process?
Songwriting-wise, my inspiration often comes from my life experiences. I tend to write about the difficult aspects of my life that I am going through in order to process them and heal. In addition to writing about the loss of my guitar instructor, I’ve also written songs about break ups and my own experiences with depression and anxiety.
My creative process usually starts with lyrics. After writing a set of lyrics, I sit down with my guitar and the lyrics in front of me and play random jazz and open chords on my guitar with different finger picking patterns until I find something I like, then, I take the lyrics and sing over the top of the chords I’m playing. Sometimes, I sit down and write an entire song in 5 minutes, and sometimes, it takes a few songwriting sessions for me to finish writing a new song.
What feeling do you want people to perceive while listening to your music?
A lot of the songs on my upcoming album, Eternal Hibernation (out 3.27.20), deal with themes of feeling stuck, sad, or anxious. Ultimately, I want everyone to know that they are not alone in the hard emotions of life — the grief, sadness, despair, depression, and anxiety. It’s o.k. to feel those emotions. You are not alone. I think there can still be beauty in sadness, and, at the end of the day, I hope my music can be there for people during the rough moments in life and can help them feel less alone.
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Interview by: Amparo Cribas
Photo credit: Ryan Thuringer