Interview: Elena Savlokhova
What are you trying to convey to your audience through your music and live performances? How do you want your work to echo in the culture?
Anne: We want people to explore their dark sides and learn more about themselves. Raising the question of identity as it chases everybody. Who or what do you want be? It is a long-lasting question of our project.
Tom: We are never ever established non-conformists and our work has always had the stamp of being off and weird. I love it.
What is the enemy of creativity and how do you confront and overcome it?
Tom: The enemy of creativity can have several shades like fear of failure, judgment, and excessive demands. In a world where everything gets faster, bigger and greater it is easy to lose track of your inner voice.
Anne: Find your inner voice and your outer borders to impress yourself, impress yourself, impress yourself.
What do you appreciate the most in each other?
Tom: Anne’s humor and her ability to surprise me.
Anne: I love the enthusiasm Tom gets in our lives. He is so curious and always brings new ideas. It never gets boring. Also, I love to drift into other worlds through music with him – and forget everything around me.
Things you can’t unthink (things that are constantly on your mind).
When is the mothership bringing us back to our home planet?
What is the best gig you’ve ever attended as a viewer and could you describe the experience? What made it stand out?
Gazelle Twin 2019 CTM at Berghain. We both had tears in our eyes. Gazelle Twin is naturally so weird and expressive – that’s just overwhelming. She’s not afraid of her dark side. The moment she left the stage immediately after her last song without saying anything was so impressive. It was like that she just did it for herself and not for any approval from anyone.
What interests and fascinates you outside of music right now?
Anne: Illustration and creating art is my other passion. Also, I love to read Graphic Novels and Comics. Cats.
Tom: Technology in general like Virtual Reality, large scale infrastructure managed and orchestrated with Kubernetes. Sci-Fi books. Cats.
As two creative forces, do you disagree a lot?
Definitely, we had to put on a set of rules and find our way to deal with the tension between us. We developed a culture of conflict without any infringement. It was a long process but we accepted that the tension is vital for our music-making process.
What was the last exciting thing you’ve done or felt?
Tom: Killing Zombies in Virtual Reality with a friend.
Anne: Being in a planetarium and discovering the Aurora polaris lights. Amazingly beautiful.
What disappoints you the most in your field of activity and would you change anything about it?
Tom: The conformism on the dancefloor. Ravers’ expectations are very specific but a little bit more open-mindedness wouldn’t hurt. To put it in plain words: I want weirder fuckass tracks on a dancefloor.
Anne: The huge sell out of rave-culture and underground ideology to brands. This can kill the vibe and idea of dancing & escaping. Don’t know how to change that – this is how our capitalistic system works right now. Maybe we should say more often NO.
What truth have you learned after all these years you’ve lived?
Tom: It will never stop unless you work on it.
Anne: Don’t trust people who doubt you.
Could you share a bizarre or fucked up story related to ANNANAN?
Tom: A so-called headliner artist did not show up after us playing. So we continued to play more than 3 hours live!
What’s the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
After a gig in the backstage: ‘You would be so much more successful if you would do it on your own without Anne’.
How different was your life one year ago and what were some of the highlights?
Tom: Finishing my therapy was one of my biggest highlights. Finishing our EP Never Ever. Especially the videos Anne made are just incredible pieces of art.
Anne: The highlight of 2019 was a gig at a Ukrainian warehouse rave Laboratorium. Wow. The energy from the ravers, the place and the crew were incredible. Still dreaming about this night.
What are you looking forward to and what’s coming for you in the near or far future?
We are exploring so many different art forms and working hard on the next EP. Therefore we want to make more music-video/visual content – to discover ourselves through new media.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would your answer be?
Anne: If time travel would exist – in which time you’d like to travel and why? Probably I would jump into the world of fantastic creatures and weird nature in the Jurassic age. Flying around and see what is happening on this planet, explore the sound of dinosaurs and ride on an Archaeopteryx through the clouds.
Tom: I would like to travel 500 years to the future. Maybe DJs and musicians are completely obsolete and replaced by superb creative artificial intelligence?