Anya Shaddock is a 20 year old singer songwriter that lives in Iceland. She recently gave out her first EP ,,Sweet Love”
The songs are all written from her experiences and trials in life which have by far been anything but easy. The EP was a collaboration project between her and Guðrún Veturliðadóttir. Anya met Guðrún when she was attending rock camp at Stelpur Rokka! In Egilsstaðir while Guðrún was attending as an advisor. Guðrún recently finished her Bachelors degree in music production from pulse college in Dublin and for her final project she contacted Anya and asked her if she wanted to be a part of it. Anya got a few friends of hers from The Collage of Music in iceland (MÍT) to play for her and they were so happy with the finished results that they decided to release the songs as an EP.
Anya moved out of her home in Fáskrúðsfjörður to continue her studies in music and with hope for a better life than what she experienced in her home town. But a few months into her new life she found that not much had changed so she sat down and wrote the first song of the EP called ,,Demons”. After being lonely, depressed and anxious for so many years she knew nothing else but being alone so even though she had found a better place she’d still keep on walking her path with her traumas or ,,Demons” as she calls them until she breaks.
The second song on the EP ,,Him and I” is a song about a mentally toxic relationship she was in that left her even more broken. The lyrics tell the story of how she forced herself to put up a mask in-front of her boyfriend at the time, friends and family so that no one would suspect a thing. A few months after she got out of this relationship she finally came to terms with what happened and how hurt she really was so she wrote the song to remind herself that they ,,never really worked” together.
The title song of the EP ,,Sweet Love” is another heartbreak song. After she broke up with her ex-boyfriend she fell into a cycle of finding guys that would repeatedly hurt her and leave without saying a thing. She wrote the song because love is such a complex thing, if you’re not careful you could be ecstatic one moment and absolutely broken down the next. But she wants nothing but the best for the people she was with and hopes that they also learned from what transpired between her and them.