Victoria Anthony is on fire, almost literally in the latest video Dirty Lipstick.
The real fire is the one inside of her, an inferno of talent that was waiting to burst out.
It showed up in front of 20,000 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C. as 12 year old Victoria was handed a microphone by P!NK, and proceeded to sing Perfect.
“Never stop” whispered P!NK, and a new music career was started.
Vic always heard her parent’s music, playing from the iPod, but it was No One by Alicia Keys that “got me in love with music. That song means a lot to me and I still love it today.”
Alicia Keys was also her first concert, although Victoria slept midway into the show, as a normal two-year-old would do.
She later attended the Gotta Sing Gotta Dance musical theatre summer program for 5 years where she practiced singing, dancing and acting. “It really shaped me as a performer and lover of music.”
April 29, 2018 was Victoria’s first Instagram post where she is playing The Scientist by Coldplay. With only 2 months of self-thought guitar lessons, she laughs now, looking back at the caption she put on that post: Life’s hard.
“What is that?” she says while laughing.
The song’s lyrics mention: Nobody said it was easy.
Victoria hasn’t stopped putting in the hard work ever since.
She released an album Real Life, a new video for Dirty Lipstick and “it’s been a whirlwind. I’ve really fallen in love with every part of music. I love songwriting, singing and using music to connect with people.”
A mere 10 days after her first post, she is singing for P!NK and her 20,000 fans. It’s not about the 15 Million views, or those few minutes of bravery, but the words Alecia whispers to her at the end: Never stop.
“Every time I’m songwriting, it’s always a challenge, whether it’s a really emotional song or a complicated rhythm. I always get somewhat defeated…it hurts sometimes…but it’s so fulfilling when you get to that finished place with the song.”
It is in those situations and before a performance, which is “always a bit nerve-wracking” where that whisper from Alecia will return to her ear and push her to never stop.
A Pandemic may have stopped live performances, but it hasn’t stopped Victoria from doing streaming events, like the ReImagined At Home & the Press Play At Home series for the GRAMMYS.
August 13, 2018 was Victoria’s first solo concert, with her three brothers as roadies sporting matching #viclive shirts. Wow…marketing genius from the start!
“Never have I been by myself for 1 hour at the piano sharing something with people.”
She was excited and nervous the whole time but “it’s really a beautiful place we are in mentally when performing. It’s like a high you can’t get any other way. It helped me fall in love with the art of performing.”
Maturity In Songwriting
The first album explored teenage feelings and was a learning lesson on all the moving parts of the creating process.
“I didn’t have time to get into the nitty gritty of: How am I really feeling? Now I know how to write a song, how the production works and how to release a song. I wanted to take it a step further and go into that vulnerability…even harder, go into vulnerability in an upbeat song…something people can dance to.”
Victoria is obsessed with the juxtaposition of sad/angry lyrics with a song that makes you want to “partaaay!”
New songs like Dirty Lipstick are about doing a deep dive into a feeling and living through that moment in time.
The chorus idea came to Vic when she was pacing back and forth in her bedroom, and she bottled that energy into the song.
Victoria is not a producer’s puppet but is ready to roll up her sleeves and get deeply involved in the many aspects of her career.
“Being a part of every single process in the art that I’m putting out with my name on it is really important to me. I co-directed this last video with an amazing director Brock Newman. Learning everything from the incredible people I’m working with is such a blessing and I like to take it all in. It’s a unique opportunity to be working with the best.”
She discovered that directing and producing are two aspects that bring her the greatest satisfaction.
Her current obsession is mixing, learning from “actual legend” Tony Maserati who not only taught her the process, but the importance of this last step.
She also influenced the artwork, working with Denis Gocer for the single’s cover.
I will admit that my first listen of Breathing Underwater gave me goosebumps, which is a rare thing these days.
What situations have produced that same inner strength in Victoria?
“I’ve found parts of Covid very difficult. Not seeing people that I love. Watching people I love get really sick. Finding that inner strength to do other things I love, like music has been really helpful. Music has been that superpower in me to give me the motivation and strength that I need to persevere in times like these.”
Music and Colour
“Every time I hear a song, I see a colour.”
Breathe Underwater is blue, Gotta Get Up is green, Real Life is orange and Dirty Lipstick is obviously red.
Images of leather, lace, mirrors, and lipstick raced to her mind as she thought about that last song.
The visuals in her head are captured and infused into the video for the song.
The Number 8
The number 8 is very important for Victoria and it represents balance and harmony.
When asked what needs balance and harmony in this world, Victoria explains:
“People are stressed out, rightfully. There is a lot going on with racial and gender inequity. There are so many things holding people back that they don’t deserve. It’s systemic. We just need to be more companionate.”
While she admits this is just a band-aid answer, she sees the world with optimism and a path forward.
“The root to getting to a place of change is just listening to people. If we can be companionate and really live in other people’s shoes, we can start to feel that their problem is our problem. We are so much more connected than we are separated. Balance starts when we lean into our human nature, which is compassion and community. It’s not survival of the fittest, it’s survival of the community.”
This would be where we insert a mic drop.
The Essence of Victoria Anthony
Vic once received the advice: Be unique and be yourself.
When asked to reduce her essence into one word, she quickly answered: “Passionate.”
“When I care about something, I really care, whether it’s my music, social justice issues or my family. I put my all into things that I’m passionate about.”
We can certainly perceive that by her dedication to her craft and the output she is releasing, even during a Pandemic.
When asked who Victoria would sing a duet with at her first headlining tour performing at Rogers Arena, she…wait for the dad joke…swiftly responded: “Taylor Swift. 100% Taylor Switch. All I can think about is Taylor Swift.”
Victoria looks up to Taylor as a songwriting inspiration.
What’s Next for Vic?
Victoria will soon perform at New York Fashion Week.
She is filming and co-directing another music video in two weeks which will be released soon.
In November, she will start her US tour.
“There is just a lot going on, and there will be a lot to consume.” she concludes with a grin.
Victoria really is a girl on fire! I wonder what Alicia Keys would do that phrase?
Writer: Randal Wark is a Professional Speaker and MasterMind Facilitator with a passion for live music. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His Podcast RockStar Today helps musicians quit their days jobs with out of the box advice from Ted Talk Speakers, Best Selling Authors and other interesting Entrepreneurs and Creatives.Share this :