• Interview with Anna Varga of the Anna Varga Sextet

    Anna Varga is a singer, music producer and front woman of the Anna Varga Sextet. The Anna Varga Sextet of NYC performs as a sextet, quartet, trio or duo.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Anna Varga.

    Is there a story behing your name?
    Varga is a stage name. Females in entertainment have to separate their private life from the public because the world is a dangerous place for women. Years ago, I posed for a men's magazine. They walked me down a long skylit hallway and beautiful watercolor paintings hung on the wall. They were portraits the artist Alberto Vargas made of his wife Anna Mae who became the iconic "Varga girl". So I chose to pose under the name Varga because my family is ultra conservative. My guitarist says the story reminds him of the movie "The Usual Suspects".

    How long have you been a musician?
    I booked my first paying work as a singer in my teens.

    What/who inspires your music?
    Inspiration can come from anywhere. The trick is to make it your own and yet still about the world around you.

    What are you trying to do with your music? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?
    The music industry probably isn't the best way to get rich. There are many other ways to build wealth that are a lot less dangerous. Our goal is to make music that we like hearing ourselves.

    Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
    My team is slowly evolving. The hardest part of being a female front person is jealous wives or even worse, girlfriends. I don't understand why a woman wouldn't let her man handle his business. If a man's wife doesn't respect him the streets won't either. It's the main reason my line-up changes frequently.

    What are some accomplishments that you have achieved, and are most proud of?
    My proudest moment is the day I realized that I was able to help real Jazz artists break back into popular music.

    What one tip would you give to other musicians?
    Just PLAY

    What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?
    The charts speak for themselves. People never quit buying albums. The music industry quit making them. I'd like to see less hype. The talent is out there but itís not getting heard.

    Do you feel like the internet is helping you as a musician?
    The internet definitely helped me as an indie artist. My first radio play came from posting songs on the web.

    How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
    Social media is good for musicians. A DJ in Italy who hosted The Midnight Lounge discovered our first album via Facebook of all things. Our first downloads were from Italy, Japan and Iceland. We may have quit otherwise.

    Where can we hear your music online?

    Thanks again Anna for doing this interview.
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