Anji, the Alt Pop Princess of Atlanta, On Her New Single, "You'll Find Me"

The first time I heard "You'll Find Me", I went bananas trying to figure out where I'd heard it before. The song is so instantly familiar, I couldn't believe it wasn't a cover (even as I type this, I'm triple checking to make sure I'm correct). Frontwoman and songwriter, Anji, A.K.A, "The Alt Pop Princess of Atlanta", creates such a deeply beautiful, deeply relatable atmosphere within this new song. Lines like "I heard you calling in the dead of night" are sung in this hypnotic honey voice that empathizes like a friend or the coworker you overshare with.

"You'll Find Me" is a song for me, as it is for all of us who still "haven't found anywhere that feels like home". This song sits in your soul and hugs you from the inside out; it is solidarity and warmth while capturing such a specific type of solitude.

The gorgeous melodies, the intricate instrumentation, and Anji's battle cry for community among all those who are lost make "You'll Find Me" the song to put at the top of your "mascara running down your face" playlist of 2021.

I can't wait to hear this song on the radio and say, "I know EXACTLY where I've heard this!" Congrats to Anji for this gorgeous, moving new tune.

1. What can you tell us about the song?

“You’ll Find Me” is my confession of how deeply connected I feel to love in all of its forms - when I wrote this song I was incredibly lonely, but I wanted to create a piece of art to capture those moments when you find yourself daydreaming about the kind of life that you want to live, or your ideal lover. I’ve always felt there’s something more beyond my reach, and I have to find peace in the belief that whatever is truly meant to be in my life will “find me”. This can be a spiritual or romantic context, really however you choose to take it. It’s been incredibly gratifying to find that so many people also connect with this song, as it’s one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written.

2. What was the process of creating the song?

It started as a late Friday night, alone at home with my guitar, suffering from FOMO and wondering if my crush at the time was the right person for me, and I ended up writing this as a self-soothing kind of ballad. Then, when it was finished I played it for my band… and they loved it, and so did my producer, so we decided to take it in an indie folk / 90s acoustic kind of direction. We added the slide guitar and shakers in the hopes that this would be the kind of song our tribe would listen to in the summer with the windows rolled down, road tripping with friends, or sitting out under an open starry sky.

3. What was the most surprising thing about the process?

That it even happened, honestly. I never intended for another person to hear this song when I wrote it... in fact, for a while I just referred to it as my “cheesy romantic song” because I didn’t think it would suit my audience or my band, but they never cease to surprise me with what songs they like. When we were choosing the final five songs for the Light EP, everyone agreed that this one had to be included. And I’ll admit it made me really happy to record this one because it really is a personal favorite of mine. We even added a few production elements in the studio as a nod to one of my favorite Paramore songs “In the mourning”, which has a similar vibe that I absolutely love.

4. If you had to dedicate the song to someone, who would it be and why?

Wow… definitely my guitarist and muse, Jory Marshall, because he’s the most kick-ass guitar player I know and endlessly supports all my projects with his humor, time and talent. He was also the crush in question when I was up late writing this song - it wasn’t necessarily about him when I wrote it, because I had no idea we would eventually end up dating, but it’s a cool feeling that I get to play this song with him now onstage.

5. Where does the new release fit into the timeline of your musical journey so far?

At a crazy transition time! I’m currently in the process of changing my artist name from “Anji” online to “Anji Kaizen” due to some trademark issues, so this is the last song I will ever release under that previous artist name, but I am definitely planning to keep it in rotation and in our sets for shows. Hopefully I can work out an agreement with my distributor to transfer it over to the new artist name because I love it so much and definitely plan to keep performing it.

6.. What can fans expect next, musically or otherwise?

We’re going in a more pop punk direction next with some synths and electronic elements - which I’m really excited about because it’s such a fun genre to play around with and add to. Fans can also expect A LOT more music and videos on the Anji Kaizen youtube channel, and handmade crafts and designs in my Etsy shop since I recently got both Procreate and have been getting really artsy during the pandemic… It’[s really surreal how fast it all happened, but I quit my job this year when I signed with my new management company, and am now a full time artist and songwriter working from home. So, I’ve been spending all my time lately just making music in my studio... and there are currently twenty unreleased songs sitting on my computer that I can’t wait to share with everyone! There will be lots of glitter, majik, alternative rock, full production covers of some of my favorite songs, music videos, DJ mixes, behind the scenes videos, and more...

7. What do you do when you're not making music?

Hang out with my cat, drink green tea, write poetry, do yoga sometimes and nerd out over fantasy fiction novels like Eragon, Dune and Twilight (anyone else read Midnight Sun?? Loved it). Also I started playing some DnD campaigns this year with friends, which I absolutely love: the world-building, role-playing and character designs we get to collaborate on are super fun and very entertaining to be part of.

8. Where is the best place to find you online?

Probably instagram, because it’s my go-to platform. I might have a mild obsession… Because I really love visuals and follow lots of artists and other creatives on there right now. I’m also getting into photography a lot lately, so I’m about to start doing monthly photoshoots & lightroom edits, which means wayyy more insta posts. But seriously you can find me on just about every platform now, so to anyone who is reading this, please feel free to reach out and say hey! I don’t bite… at least not too hard XD

Keep up with Anji by visiting her website and following her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

And! Be sure to check out her etsy store for some fun grabs!

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