Five Questions With Andi

Toronto, ON-based Andi has released her new single, “Agoraphobic” featuring Vixu.

She transports her audience to a summery otherworld, her profound and meaningful lyricism standing out in a sea of radio choruses. Listeners are magnetically drawn to the warm and nostalgic musicality, but what keeps Toronto’s eye on this artist is Andi‘s passionate, fearless and vulnerable delivery of her lived experience.

Check out the track below, and find out more about Andi in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hey I’m Andi, I’m 24-year old solo contemporary multi-disciplinary recording artist based in Toronto.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I love creating music that is unapologetically true to myself. With this project, that results in me writing and producing intense and dreamy soundscapes with timeless, catchy melodies. I want people to be drawn to the summery vibes of the next record, but hear the core idea behind it – the real issues that drive me and art. I hope to shine a spotlight on womxn’s autonomy and sexual expression, toxic masculinity and male fragility, as well as honestly and genuinely sharing my experience as a womxn in the LGTBQA+ community.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

I’ll be returning to the stage this September in Toronto! Shows will be posted shortly. My performance has been evolving as it is a live interpretation of a solo project’s music, sometimes including visual aspects such as projected images/video art, crafted props and set design. When I first started the band it was comprised of myself with looping machines, samples and a 5-piece band. I last went on tour with a 9-piece ensemble including backup singers/dancers. This time around I’m going to be cutting back and doing something a bit more organic. Generally I work with talented individuals from the TO scene (many who lend a hand in the record) who have a lot of freedom as to how they choose to interpret the set, so each show has a unique feel and these seasoned artists get to shine as much as possible.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Right now, I would say Half Home. I feel that it has a universal feeling of nostalgia and warmth and is a great track to bump in the summer, road-trip style.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

JonoJosh is one of my favourites, another TO-based artist and he’s also a triple threat – he just released an incredible single for the summer – “Restart”. Also a constant favourite of mine is “Overbored” by Babygirl, killer shoegaze vibes from a great Canadian duo. Newest listen is Pleasurecraft’s “Work it Out”, somewhere in-between the Talking Heads and angsty Bowie feels.

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