ANI (Amy Lee), a San Francisco Bay Area native, has been doing improvised music since early childhood. Who knew that piano lessons and jazz band would have gotten crossed with her second love: computer technology. But she’s left the comfort of Cubase and Renoise in her home studio to play live sets with ultra-portable iPads, iPhones, and synths. Her music is a blend of beats, chord progressions, and wild synth solos. Every performance is unique and never to be repeated again. She is NOT a DJ.
Additionally, she works as a software engineer and created this crazy iPad+iPhone synthesizer app: ANILOG.
- Do people call you “DJ ANI”? No. I’m not a DJ. So it’s just “ANI”.
- Is this your job? No, this is a passion project!
- Why an iPad? I like the ultra portability compared to all other synthesizers or using the laptop.
- What kind of music do you play? Whatever I feel like. By myself it’s usually something spacey and jazzy. For a performance however it’s minimum 130 bpm with a four-on-the-floor.
- Do you plan your music ahead of time? It’s mostly improv figured out on the fly.
- How long are your sets? 45 minutes is the sweet spot.