Seattle, United States
A songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer and composer, Anomie Belle began multi-track recording her own songs when she was ten years old. “I grew up in your prototypical American suburb. The manicured lawns, strip mall parking lots, chain stores, and massive expanses of cement and housing developments depressed me. Music became my outlet. Bored by video games and dollhouses, I plunked away on my parent’s piano for hours at a time, teaching myself to play blues riffs and writing little pop songs.”
Already training as a classical violinist, Anomie taught herself to play the arsenal of instruments she had at her disposal, layering them into her recordings and adding vocals and harmonies on top. Over the years, Anomie studied drums, audio engineering and electronic programming and worked as a studio musician, chamber violinist, radio DJ and producer in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Glasgow and Amsterdam.
“When I returned to the U.S., I chose the moniker ‘Anomie Belle’ to speak to the decadent alienation of the American dream,” she explains. “I am perplexed by the ways that, though we may be critical of them, we are still shaped by and complicit in the perpetuation of oppressive, unjust, and unsustainable ideologies and ways of life that driven not by values and ethics, but by profit and power.”
Anomie has collaborated with members of the Sneaker Pimps, The Posies, Mr Lif (Thievery Corporation), Trespassers William, Big Spider’s Back and Yppah (Ninja Tune), and has toured with Tricky, The Album Leaf, Little Dragon, Bajofondo, and Kathryn Calder (New Pornographers). Anomie has also shared the stage with Bonobo, Phantogram, Kid Koala, Azure Ray, The Heavy, Efterklang, Sea Wolf, Emancipator, Asobi Seksu, Kimya Dawson, Mirah, Tristeza, and Fink, among others.
Critics and filmmakers have also been lured into the sexy darkness of Anomie Belle, having featured her music in Xbox’s Alan Wake, Showtime’s United States of Tara, and MTV’s Jersey Shore, and several feature films and video games. Belle has also composed scores for award winning short films that have screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, Toronto Hot Docs, and Bumbershoot.