Today we’d like to introduce you to Lida Anagnostopoulou.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Greece.
My music journey started from a very young age. My parents noticed my love for singing before I could even speak as I was singing random melodies all day long and music was always capturing my attention. My father had a laserdisc player and he used to play concerts for us in the house so I grew up listening to The Divas – Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey and amazing concerts of Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, etc.
At the age of four, I started studying classical piano and completed my studies after 15 years. This was a fundamental base of knowledge for all my music career till now.
At the age of 16, I started experimenting with songwriting and it was love at first sight. I loved the freedom I would feel every time I would compose new melodies and write down my feelings and thoughts. At that time, I released my first songs in house music with different producers and my passion to become a professional singer got really strong.
A few years later, I signed my first contract with a record label in Greece and I released three songs which became major hits all over Greece and Cyprus. I appeared on several TV shows, radio as well as incredible live performances from VIP events to headline concerts and collaborated with very famous Greek artists and TV personalities.
My dream was always to pursue an international career so I decided to move to Dubai and develop my performing skills and gain all the necessary experience for my next steps. I lived in Dubai for four years and it gave me the most amazing music and personal experiences. I performed to several high-end events and prestigious venues like Armani Hotel at Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab one of the world’s most luxurious hotels and I performed in concerts alongside huge international artists like Alesha Dixon, Samantha Mumba, Mel Blatt, Booty Luv and more.
In 2019, I decided to go back to songwriting and start making my dream of releasing my music all over the world true. I wanted to stay true to my music style and create music that expresses me 100% as an artist. My music style is a mixture of contemporary R&B, Soul and Pop. I released ”Lately”, the first single of my personal EP on that year, and this song set the beginning of a new chapter in my life. The same year I moved to United States with the one and only goal to release more and more of my own music.
A few months later, I released ”Your Kiss” with a super artistic music video, which was shot in LA by the amazing director Savvas Christou and gained more that 160K views on YouTube within three months. You can find all my latest releases in all music platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
In early 2020, I traveled to New York to work with an amazing Grammy winner producer on two more songs which I am planning to release soon. These songs have a very special meaning for me and I am very excited to share them. My plan from now on is to introduce myself and my music style to the world and create something that will live forever on my name.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s definitely not a smooth road. Following your passion it’s never a smooth road and definitely not an easy one but it’s extremely rewarding at the same time so in the end it’s worth all the struggles.
Being an independent artist means you never stop working, you’re in charge of everything, the creative part which is what you love the most, the promotion and advertisement of your work and in order to do all that you have to be able to support it financially so that means you have to be an active performer and chase as many gigs as possible. For me it felt overwhelming sometimes, especially when I had to plan a new release, I would stress out for every little detail. I was a little too hard on my self so it’s something I am trying to balance as I’m growing up.
Music for me is my whole life and I’d always put it as a priority that’s why I chose to leave my home country and my family to explore my music journey. I had to start from 0 more than two times in my life. That was definitely challenging for me and sometimes it felt very lonely. Spending all this time away from loved ones is a struggle and it something a lot of artists are going through. Also, traveling alone it can be scary sometimes for a young woman.
Building up my confidence was also a difficult part of my journey. I am a very shy and introvert person and this industry is all about social relationships and exposing yourself all the time to get more attention. I always loved performing live and felt completely safe when I was on stage but I struggled with making contacts and promoting my self.
Can you give our readers some background on your music?
My music style is contemporary R&B. Soul and Pop. I always loved experimenting with many different music styles and challenge myself. My sound is sensual, smooth and rhythmic.
I am proud of every song I’ve written and for never giving up on my dream no matter how hard or impossible it seemed sometimes. Building my career from zero all by myself is definitely something I’ll always be proud of.
What sets me apart from others I think it would be my voice cause I have a very different and unique color that is very easy to recognize as soon as you listen to it. Many people pointed out to me that they could recognize me right away from my voice so I think it’s really important when your voice can leave its own mark.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love LA. It’s definitely one of my favourite places in the world. For some reason, I feel at home when I’m there. I love the artistic vibe, the beautiful weather, the great sunsets and you can feel all this Hollywood energy and for me at least it explodes my creativity. Amazing places for live music and extremely talented musicians, it really motivates you to become yourself a better artist.
Last time I was in LA though I stayed downtown for a shooting and the amount of homeless people and poverty made me really sad. For me at least I think it’s the only aspect of LA that I didn’t like.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lidamusicofficial
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LidaMusic7
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMOarueOQ5CKIirPmclj0Bw