Getting a 'Shoe'-in with Anna Shoemaker

>> Anna Shoemaker is much more than a pop artist. This talented artist combines elements of indie-pop, alt-rock, R&B, and hip-hop to make downright beautiful tunes! Check out our interview where we talked about her latest EP 'East Side', shoes, and what artist we need to be listening to right now!

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into music? I started writing when I was really young, it made me feel lighter. Like if I wrote something down it released it from the weight on my back. So then when I started to learn guitar it all came together for me. Writing songs made me feel like I was doing something with those thoughts. You recently released your debut EP titled 'East Side' (September 14). Can you tell us about the inspiration behind it? Cracking your iPhone, getting screwed over by a stoner, missing someone, getting drunk, going out, staying in, not being able to sleep. I think mostly I’m just trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life and these songs sort of reflect that. It’s all in there, everything I’ve been dealing with, everything I’ve been growing into and out of, I just write about what I feel and see around me. If you had to describe each of the tracks on 'East Side' in one word, what would they be?

East Side—melancholy What am I doing to me— confused Too high— loveeeeeeeeeee Want something say something— disconnected Liquor store—whiskey What is your favorite track on the album, and why?

I’d probably say the title track, "East Side", is my favorite just because I wrote it so quickly, it was pretty much word vomit. Those are always my favorite songs, the ones that are just actually sitting inside me that just come out easily. You caught the attention of shoe designer Steve Madden and his team who signed you to their label 5Towns Records. What was that experience like, and how did it come about? Did you get the chance to meet Steve?

It’s great working with Steve Madden and 5Towns, very different from what I expected. Everyone there is very close-knit, kind and hardworking. It’s not like this big unfamiliar machine kind of thing, everyone is supportive a