Anna Amato: Techno’s Rising Star & the Melodic Harmony of ‘Call Jane’
Some musicians stand out within the rich tapestry of electronic music by creating sounds that stick in the minds and hearts of their listeners forever.
Anna Amato, a DJ with a background in both Italy and Germany, is one of these up-and-coming stars. Her continuous growth as an artist is on full display with her third studio album, “Call Jane,” which has an original mix of techno, minimal, and tech-house.
The rich, layered melodies of her home in Italy shine through in Anna’s music, despite her German background. Her musical adventure began on the sofa of her Munich apartment and has since blossomed into a groundbreaking career that has resolutely ignored the allure of commercial success.
Anna’s musical style is best characterised as a beautiful synthesis of cultures, powered by a dynamite blend of natural ability and her multilingual International Baccalaureate certificate. Her works reflect her mixed ancestry, a seamless blend of popular techno with mesmerising drum rhythms and ambient synthesisers.
Anna’s aesthetic and worldview are reflected in “Call Jane,” which was published by the prestigious Berlin label Rage Against the Drum. The album takes listeners on a musical journey via Anna’s limitless imagination, full of deep tech grooves and alluring soundscapes. Her creative growth is evident throughout each song, as she deftly blends the rough edges of techno with the more refined sounds of minimal and tech house.
Anna’s unwavering dedication to being herself is what sets her distinct. Anna boldly charts her own course at a time when following the latest trends might be a tempting way to get instant notoriety. She explores her preferences, always stretching her creative muscles and encouraging a growing fondness for novel musical aspects.
But Anna has more to say than “Call Jane.” Already, she has set the ground for a thrilling summer by suggesting a deluge of new releases that will further shake up the electronic music industry. Anna is moulding the sounds of the future in the DJ booth.
What drew you to music production in the first place?
After DJing for almost 4 years, I decided to want to express my sound visions by creating something that was completely true to my taste.
I believe authenticity in music is the most important part, especially when deciding to create something from scratch. Coming from a music background, playing the piano for 20 years now, I have always had an affinity for music and composition which I believe has assisted me in the production of electronic music.
What are some of the obstacles you encounter in your career?
Music production is not an easy craft, and therefore I have encountered for sure obstacles there. With regards to obstacles on the DJ front, for sure management with bookings can be somewhat tricky, however, the best way to navigate both is to keep a cool head and to assess & approach the obstacle with a clear mind.
What or whom do you go to for inspiration or motivation?
For inspiration, I look at pioneers of techno such as Richie Hawtin and Adam Beyer who have shaped the electronic music industry.
Furthermore, my co-producer who assists me in the craft of production, is an inspiration to me – I am always able to gather more insights on sound design and production from him.
What’s the significance of the current song or album in your life?
The song “Call Jane” uses distorted yet sharp sounds and synths to depict a situation during a night out – imagine you’re in a warehouse in Berlin.
I wanted the vocals to sound like a voice mail – imagine getting a phone call when you’re on your night out – you are not able to answer it. All lyrics in my songs have been recorded by my closest friends as a tribute to their support for me as an artist.
What distinguishes you as a creative individual?
I would say what distinguishes me as a creative individual is my critically acclaimed style between straightforward and underground techno with influences of minimal and tech house sounds – citing a refined sound palette built on artistic vibrancy.
I do not follow what’s hot but rather experiment with my ever-growing love for rolling basslines, deep tech grooves, hypnotic percussions, and atmospheric synths.
I’m also very dedicated and will put in 120% of effort in everything I do. I am very resilient and open-minded, which helps me navigate the techno music scene better I believe.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on my next releases which will be out this summer of 2023 and into fall 2023. This includes working with the label team on finalizing mixing and mastering for the tracks, promotion strategies, album artwork, press, as well as placement.
With my US management, I am also planning a Middle & South America tour this winter, and looking forward to sharing my music, vision, and style with a new audience.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
My plans for the year ahead include releasing 4 new singles with the Berlin-based record label “RAGE AGAINST THE DRUM”. Aside from that, I plan on working on improving my skills in production and mixing, in order to continue to offer authentic and well-curated sound across the globe.