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Annie: "Working with Xenomania helped shape my own writing"
Posted at 10:58 AM, 19 October 2009 -

Annie's new album is out today, after a 15-month delay. Half of the album was co-written and produced with the Xenomania team.

«I learned so much about working with them», Annie told Planet Sound. «I'd thought music is about waiting for inspiration. You can't be like that around them. It's work, work, work, no breaks. It was really hard to figure out why they're so stern, but it's toughened up my music no end.»

«I hadn’t been familiar with too much of their work beforehand but it was a great experience», she said in an interview with Stuck Records.

«What’s incredible about Brian Higgins is that he’s so hardworking, when you think of how much energy he has to produce several records a year. He was always encouraging, saying “Come on, let’s work!” and I found it quite exhilarating. They were always able to get the sound that I wanted on tracks, and they are such good songwriters as well. I found working with them helped shape my own writing.»

Annie is still working with Xenomania - one of her co-writes was Mini Viva's recent top 10 hit "Left My Heart In Tokyo": «It was a song I originally wrote with Miranda Cooper and Brian, and was maybe going to be an Annie track until I decided that it didn’t quite fit my vocal style. I wrote so many songs with them! But it really suits the girls, they’ve done a fantastic job with it and I’m really happy to see it do well. I met Britt and Frankie a few times, they are lovely!»

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