Anson Seabra has been covered by Billboard, People Magazine, Variety & more, so 10/28 here for you to chat with him!
We had the chance to attend his press conference held by 1824. Please read below to learn about Anson Seabra’s music influences, watching his lyrics on TikTok and more.
Question: Growing up how did music influence your inspirational music style now and what artist kind of contributed to that style?
Anson Seabra: I feel like I have sort of a very whimsical style of writing. I don’t know if there’s like one artist that influenced it the most. I feel like the example I always give is the Ruth B song, ‘Lost Boy.’ I feel like that’s a pretty classic example. I remember hearing that song when I was in college and just being so stunned at how it made me feel, and it was just so nostalgic in a way that I just couldn’t put my fingers on. I just wanted to recreate that so actually that song was a big sort of inspiration behind ‘Welcome to Wonderland’ for example which is one of my most popular songs even though that song is not on the EP. I don’t know growing up I listened to a lot of just whatever my parents listened to and my sister. My sister basically was my only taste in music so she turned me on to like Fall Out Boy and All American Reject and Boys Like Girls which is funny because none of those bands really sound like the stuff I write now, well maybe a little. Fun is like my favorite band so I don’t know if there’s a direct one artist I can point to and say this is why I write such sort of inspiring songs. One I like to point to is Regina Spektor. I think she has a more like artsy sort of real narrative style of writing and I definitely listen to her a lot right now.
Question: If you didn’t do this what could you imagine yourself doing or why did you decide to leave Software engineering and computer science?
Anson Seabra: I mean when I was in college like I definitely thought I wanted to be a software engineer like I said I was obsessed with it. I didn’t go to parties I literally spent my weekends coding. In college I wrote two iPhone apps so I thought I was going to be some entrepreneur something. It makes sense because like in a way I’m still a entrepreneur right, just like building your music business is kind of the same as building your regular business. I just think I may be a little more suited to the music thing than the tech thing. Actually, I’m suited to the tech thing I just don’t do it I may be writing myself off there. I don’t know maybe I would still be working in software. I think the problem with software for me is when I got to the company I was working at, it’s funny because like I guess I should have known based on like my classmates in school But you know like there’s a certain stereotype about Software engineers and for the most part It’s kind of true. They’re just a little more reserved and they’re not artists you know what I mean. So I got to my job and I’m like a very outgoing person and just cracking jokes all the time. I just sort of realized like this isn’t my tribe maybe necessarily although they kind of were but kind of not I don’t know. So maybe I would still be working in software. I did speech and debate in college and high school so that’s basically competitive acting. I was on the speech team and so maybe I’d be an actor I don’t know, that’s like even harder to break into the music so I’m not sure about that. Maybe I’ll pull a Lady Gaga and pivot halfway through my career If things go the way I want them to. Maybe I would become a monk at this point I don’t really know because like I said I’m very spiritual and I meditate like probably a hour a day at least. The more I do it I realize how fickle a lot of material …. we’re all so caught up in this game of society and the more I sort of delve into myself it’s like being a monk doesn’t sound that bad.
Question: What is your favorite part of seeing people use your lyrics to interpret their own stories like on TikTok?
Anson Seabra: My favorite part is a lot of my songs I wrote or some of them I wrote in a very deeply distressed state, a very lost place. You know I have a song called Broken and the lyric is, “Am I broken?” and I remember just feeling so fucked up when I wrote that song like just feeling like am I the only person that feels like I am a shell of my former self, like just completely lost. I think seeing people you know do things with the songs and like relate to lyrics it is good for me because it makes me feel like my suffering wasn’t in vain. Now I’m in a better place and it wasn’t for nothing. I think of it now that I have some more perspective on what was going on in my life when I wrote the songs I’m sort of realizing like no way was I alone in feeling those things. I’m fact, I would say most people probably feel that way in some degree they just don’t have clarity to maybe articulate it in the way that I did.
You can also stay in tuned with Anson through his separate Instagram page (@advicewithanson) where he talks through his inner musings on mental health and gives advice on self-love.