Antihero Magazine journalist Matt Mills recently had the opportunity to speak with Dutch singer/songwriter Anneke van Giersbergen of Vuur, The Gathering, The Gentle Storm, and numerous other projects and collaborations.
Having proven her credentials and immense vocal talent for 13 years as frontwoman of The Gathering, in 2007 Anneke felt it was time to begin her own solo career. Along with her new band Agua de Annique, the charismatic singer quickly established herself as a solo artist, releasing several albums to critical and popular acclaim.
Anneke also found time to collaborate with some of her long-time friends and musical peers, lending her honey-sweet, yet powerful voice to the likes of Anathema (Falling Deeper), the eccentric Devin Townsend (Addicted!, Epicloud) and fellow Dutchmen Within Temptation (Black Symphony). 2012’s Everything is Changing was something of a milestone in Anneke’s solo career. The album, which was the first to be released under her own name without the Agua de Annique moniker, got her nominated for two Edison awards – Holland’s most prestigious music prize – in the categories ‘Best Female Artist’ and ‘Best Album’. Not only was it a success in her home country, Everything is Changing took Anneke all over the world as she toured over 25 different countries including the UK, Germany, France and throughout Latin America.