Annalise Azadian is a singer/songwriter who has a phenomenal voice and a burning passion to let the world hear.
Azadian grew up living a normal life in Middletown, New York. She began writing music at the age of eleven to help her cope with the passing of her grandmother. It was also at this age that she taught herself how to play the guitar and piano. She first performed at the Bitter End while she was fourteen and also made a performance at the Apollo Theatre (Amateur Night Accolade).
She flew very far under the radar in high school and did not associate herself with much of the typical high school cliques, dramatics or nonsense that usually engulfs teenagers. Actually, flying under the radar is a common theme for this stunning young artist who prefers to keep her head down and constantly work on her craft.
As an excellent scholar, she graduated from Pine Bush High School at the age of sixteen. She also attended Berklee College in Boston, Massachusetts. In just a couple years, Azadian learned a great deal about music and applies much of the information to this day. During her time spent at Berklee she was traveling back and forth to New York City quite often. Someone close to her offered free studio time in New York and this opportunity was too valuable to pass up. Ultimately, she would drop out of Berklee to pursue her music career full-time.
One moment that drove Azadian to chase her musical dreams was an encounter with Busta Rhymes. His endorsement gave her enough fuel to completely reach for what she wanted within the music industry. However, the time when she dropped out of school was rather rough. She took an accounting job and slept on DJ Enuff’s couch and out of suitcases.
As the accounting job began to take a toll on her creativity, she decided to redirect her path in favor of working for Billionaire Boys Club. BBC is an ultra-creative and futuristic clothing line started by Pharrell Williams. Working there bolstered Annalise’s creative abilities and actually led her to develop several important industry connections. Certainly, this situation proved to be a win-win and continues to generate beneficial opportunities for her to this day.
Azadian stresses the importance of perseverance. Not a lot of people have the gall and will-power to determine their own destiny. Your dreams could be right around the corner and near fruition with just a few creative strokes of genius.
From sleeping on DJ Enuff’s couch to performing on his radio show, Annalise has utilized her connections in spectacular ways. She always shows strong appreciation for support and her polarizing personality, vocal performances and ways of packaging her artistic components have caused people to gravitate toward her. One of the most unique spaces that Annalise likes to create and visualize pieces of artistry is in a space called, “The Compound.” The Compound is a large industrial space in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx that was organized by one of her managers, DJ Set Free Richardson. DJ Enuff is her other manager and has been very supportive of her entire process along the way. The Compound was modeled after the Andy Warhol Factory as a way to get all different kinds of creative individuals within the same space.
Azadian writes music from the soul and her discography contains genre-bending material. For a petite girl, she holds a tune with great depth. She refuses to be put into a box based on her appearance or musical content. By refusing to be pigeonholed, she strives for greatness. She is nowhere near reaching her potential and carries herself with a very humble demeanor. With great foresight for trends and sonic arrangement, she is able to belt out achingly eloquent and reflective tunes that turn her visions into reality.
Chess not checkers
Azadian and Sim From the Hill are “1of1” types of individuals meaning they are unique. They both conceptualize ideas in an outstanding manner and carry themselves with the utmost confidence. They are each able to style themselves fantastically and don clothing that is perceived as outdated or uncool look stylish and on point. It is evident that they are on their own time and do not answer to anyone when it comes to being original.
Together, they started their own clothing brand called, “Bussdown Tees.” What they have done is modeled their clothing after classic Billionaire Boys Club collections but they have added their own touch with Swarovski crystals. They started with the 15th anniversary BBC Cocoa tee. People at Billionaire Boys Club were able to pull strings to allow these two to sell their ‘Bussdown’ version of the Cocoa tee at ComplexCon. The next article they designed was based off of the Nigo chain tee. Due to its immense popularity, they were only able to acquire about six or seven of these tee shirts but still managed to add their own twist on it.
Azadian and everyone she surrounds herself with are timeless individuals. Clearly, we can all learn from the blueprint laid out by Pharrell and Nigo. Undoubtedly, she continues to bolster her positive reputation with perpetual grind, pivotal networking and a mentality that will not allow her to fail.