Anja Kotar had her first taste of the arts while studying piano, dance and acting in the blockbuster movie Gremo mi po svoje and its sequel while in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After moving to San Jose, California in 2012, Anja continued her studies at the Valley Christian Conservatory. It was then that she became heavily involved with theater and jazz. Anja used her time at VC Conservatory to perform in multiple shows and even start writing and directing full length productions such as; “Godspell.” Anja also earned a Voice Certificate from Berklee College of Music after taking online courses while she was in high school. Upon graduation Anja attended the prestigious Broadway Artist Alliance in New York City. At 17 she then completed her widely successful Kickstarter project, which had 156 supports who pledged anywhere from $5 to $1000 in return for background footage, memorabilia and lastly, NOMAD itself.

After the release of her EP Anja was invited to perform at the Slovenian Song Festival (DSZG) the longest running festival in the country that features the country’s top talent and is the most viewed show in the country. After performing her original "Cas je zdaj" (The Time Is Now) and "Too Cool” live, Anja was nominated by RTV for Best Performance, Best Song, and Best New Artist, walking away with 2016’s Best New Artist. She then was nominated for Best Pop Song at the 2016 American Songwriting Awards.

Currently Anja is working to complete her Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music nearly two years early on top of working with three–time Grammy nominated producer Pascal Guyon on releasing her full length debut album along with an online store that will connect music and fashion.

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Anja Kotar replied on Happy Pill  3 years ago
 
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Anja Kotar replied on How to Be Cool  3 years ago
 
Thank you!! :)
Anja Kotar replied on Eighteen  3 years ago
 
Thank you! :)
Anja Kotar on Happy Pill  3 years ago
 
[New Release] It's an 80s synth pop inspired electro gospel reflection on the everyday effects of the opioid crisis. As one of the most intimate song...
Anja Kotar on Eighteen  3 years ago
 
[New Release] Eighteen continues the mood of its predecessor - How to Be Cool, the first single off of NOMAD. I wanted the song to sound like an 80s b...
Anja Kotar on How to Be Cool  3 years ago
 
[New Release] How to Be Cool is the leading single from my new album NOMAD. It's an empowering 80s inspired electropop anthem that defies ideals and c...
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by Anja Kotar
Released 2 years ago
Pop, Indie, Piano, Theatrical & Moody, Vocals & Acapela, Electronic
This is an 80s synth inspired female empowerment anthem about the real, raw California girl. Produced by three-time Grammy-nominee Pascal Guyon.
by Anja Kotar
Released 3 years ago
Pop, Indie, Piano, Theatrical & Moody, Vocals & Acapela, The 1975, Electronic, Drum & Bass
It's an 80s synth pop inspired electro gospel reflection on the everyday effects of the opioid crisis. As one of the most intimate songs on the NOMAD album, it constantly plays between good and bad, drowning sadness in temporarily induced happiness - all reflected in the duality of pink and blue lighting throughout the music video for the track. Watch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZL2gq5vMvk
by Anja Kotar
Released 3 years ago
Pop, Indie, Piano, Theatrical & Moody, Vocals & Acapela
Eighteen continues the mood of its predecessor - How to Be Cool, the first single off of NOMAD. I wanted the song to sound like an 80s birthday party, complete with big chiffon dresses and pink balloons. My main objective was to create almost a satire of a typical American sugar pop song which is what the chorus embodies. Everything is bright, floating, there’s synths playing around and doing runs in the back, all simulating a happy, carefree environment. However, the rest of the song is a complete juxtaposition to that. While the chorus seems to enjoy and celebrate the fact that someone is turning 18, the rest of the song unveils the darker realities behind that picture perfect world. One of my favorite parts of the song is the pre chorus which feels very much angsty and nervous, embodying the anxious feeling you experience when you’re 18: “Go to school and get a degree, get high get drunk in the backseat, you’re running out of time to be free so get high get drunk in the backseat”. These feel sort of like call and response; the first line talks about what young adults feel pressured to do, the second half is their reaction - finding a moment of calm through distraction instead of doing what they should. Overall, my goal with this song (along with How To Be Cool) was to get young people thinking about their life choices. Even if what you’re doing when you’re young doesn't seem like it will have consequences, this is actually the most crucial time of our lives, so as I sing in the song: “Don't waste your time!”.
by Anja Kotar
Released 3 years ago
Pop, Indie, Vocals & Acapela, Drum & Bass
How to Be Cool is the leading single from my new album NOMAD. It's an empowering 80s inspired electropop anthem that defies ideals and celebrates colonies through uniqueness.