The electronic music of 20 year old Annie Elise features mellow sounds that manifest themselves in simple and versatile melodies. Annie’s music is heavily influenced by a neurological condition called synesthesia, which causes her to physically see sound and hear color. In 2017, she gave a talk at TEDxLancaster about the condition that went viral, amassing over 115k views and becoming the most-watched TEDx talk on the subject of synesthesia. Since the talk, she has been an active songwriter/producer/ engineer/instrumentalist behind the scenes of songs and projects for other artists, including Eternal Frequency, Taller Than Trees, Fowler & Folk, Mahogany Purple, Claire Donzelli, and Carousel Kings.
Recent release Open Eyes was premiered as part of the #iVoted festival on election night 2020, which broke the record for the largest single-night digital event in history in the name of increased voter turnout. Top streaming artists from swing states were asked to perform a few songs for voters.
Originally a classically trained violinist, Annie says that her interest in electronic music was inspired by her synesthesia. “I loved being able to create sounds that produced colors I liked. It felt like being a conductor of an orchestra, except I was a conductor for color.” A rare neurological condition called Focal Dystonia kept her from playing professionally, but violin remains an integral part of her work. Influences from artists like Bad Snacks, Lila Drew, and FINNEAS helped her find a production niche in combining light vocals, live violin, and synthesizers to create music. In 2020, Annie was nominated for Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame’s Best Pop Artist. She also interned and assisted people like Grant McFarland & Carson Slovak (Atrium Audio), Sean McLaughlin & Zach Bloomenstein (37′ Productions), Danny Ross (Anti-Social Producer’s Club), and Karra & Reid Stefan (Laser Jungle Studios).
In April 2021, Annie signed to Dawn Patrol Music as a producer/artist. She will also be among the first graduates of the She Knows Tech x Kilohearts Music Training Program for advanced sound design this spring. Annie is currently pursuing a double major in Music Production & Engineering and Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music.