Q&A with Anatii

By Drum Digital
24 November 2014

We speak to the young and eloquent hit-maker Anathi Mnyango, better known as Anatii, about his life as a successful muso.

We speak to the young and eloquent hit-maker, Anathi Mnyango, better known as Anatii about his life as a successful muso:

How has the work on your latest album been coming along?

My debut album has been coming along great. I have a few international and local features on it and production from other producers and writers besides myself.

Yaya is among many songs you’ve touched and seen turn to gold – do you have a formula for the musical success you’ve seen?

Well Yaya was originally for my debut album but DJ Dimplez convinced me to give him the record and feature Dream Team, credit is also due to my partners Dan Joffe and King because they mixed and mastered the song which gave it the flavor it has. In terms of my formula; I usually  get into studio I create the songs ‘on the spot’ so I’d normally start with the beat and then write the hook or it could be vice versa.

What are some of the bigger projects you’re working on right now?

Besides my debut album titled Electronic Bushman I am also working on music with DJ Drama, DJ Milkshake, DJ Dimplez, Uhuru, Chad Da Don, Fistaz Mixwell, Cassper Nyovest, Culoe De Song and Riky Rick.

At just 21, you’ve achieved a great deal. How does this feel?

It’s an amazing feeling but I feel like this is just the beginning but I must say - having 7 songs in rotation is a great feeling.

What’s your ultimate goal as an artist?

I’ve been in the music business since the age of 14 and there’s still a lot I have to achieve. My ultimate goal as an artist is to change the world with my music and inspire African youth to dream big but also work hard because excellence cannot be achieved without working hard at your craft.

Are there more collaborations with DJ Khaled and international artists in the works for Anatii?

I bumped into DJ Khaled in studio back in New York months back and gave him a few records so we’ll have to wait and see if any of them end up on his new project. I’ve done a few international collaborations so you’ll definitely hear them on my debut album.

You share what looks like a really special relationship with your sister, please tell us a bit more about that.

My younger sister and I are almost like best friends but we also fight a lot too. She is also an amazing musician and currently in College in California. Her and I chat everyday and she constantly makes me work harder.

How has your upbringing eBisho influenced you as an artist?

I was born there but I grew up in East London when I was really young but I guess it gave me my Xhosa swag! Lol

What’s the one thing you wish more people knew about you?

This is random but I really enjoy ice skating.

You’ve made your weight loss journey public on social media. How is that going, how has your health impacted your work?

It’s been really challenging but I’m working on it. Me choosing to be public about my weight loss is because I want to promote a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t help if you’ve worked hard your whole life but you can’t enjoy it because of your health.

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