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Inside Five: Anabel Englund

Anabel talks to us about her latest release, the art of ‘albums’ and empowerment.

Widely regarded by many as one of the most influential voices in electronic music over the last decade or so, Anabel Englund has become a household name in the world of dance music. 

Her latest tour de force is a refreshed ‘Deluxxe’ edition of her 2020 album – Messing With Magic. This instalment includes five brand new tracks and a quirky new album cover, showcasing even more of Anabel’s eccentrically artistic persona. 

We recently caught up with Anabel, as she becomes the latest artist to feature in our Inside Five series. 

And it goes a little something like this…

Hi, Anabel. The ‘Deluxxe Edition’ of your Messing With Magic album drops any day is out now, featuring five brand-new tracks. Tell us a bit about how these additional tracks represent you as an artist and how they attach to the already brilliant body of work – the original album?

These 5 songs really solidify the album for me. They all feel important in their message & sound. Each song has a story from my heart that I hope people can use to help heal them like they have healed me. 

Albums are largely celebrated because not everyone releases them. Do you think the ‘Album’ is a dying art, or is it something reserved for a specific type of creatives?

I still think albums are important. If you like an artist enough, you want to hear an album from them…at least I do. I love everything that comes with it. A new identity, a new sound, new stories, new heartbreak. ALL OF THE ABOVE. 

Some would say your vocals are iconic. What do you think makes a great vocalist?

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Haha, eeee, I love that. I think what makes a great vocalist is someone who doesn’t try to sound like every other person singing. It’s important to be yourself & sound unique. When I sing I use every single word as a colour. It’s necessary for me to feel every syllable that leaves my mouth. 

Throughout the years, there has been a lot of attention on the challenges and negativity women face in our industry. Are there any clear advantages that do not receive enough or any focus?

I think what’s most important is learning who you are, what your strengths are & what you have to offer. Through knowing these things, you have many advantages because no matter what someone else wants or doesn’t want from you, you are not worried about fitting into a box someone wants you to fit in. You are simply existing as the powerful force that you are. 

How frequently do people spell your name wrong, and does it bother you?

Haha, a lot of the time, it’s done over email because it autocorrects. My feelings toward it depend on how I’m feeling that day, really.

The ‘Deluxxe’ edition of Anabel’s ‘Messing With Magic’ album is out now on all major stores and streaming platforms!




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