About Anji Bee
Photos by Aga Furtok
Los Angeles born Anji Bee has had a lifelong obsession with music, art, and writing. She launched her first fanzine, Duranies Unite, while in Jr. High, and went on to create several other zines as her musical tastes evolved, including Positive Influence, Substitution, and Descent – all focused on the Los Angeles and Orange County underground music scenes of the late 1980’s through the 1990’s. More recently, she contributed an essay on Kate Bush to The First Time I Heard book series compiled by Scott Heim (of Mysterious Skin fame), as well as an essay and photographs to Michelle Carr’s It All Dies Anyway: L.A., Jabberjaw and the End of an Era, set for release in April 2013.
Bee continued to explore her love of underground music through the medium of radio, putting in several years as a DJ and in station management – as well as writing, editing, and producing the station guide – at KUCI 88.9fm. During her time there, Bee conducted on-air interviews with underground figures including Miranda July, Robert Rich, Jarboe, and Ryan Lum of Love Spirals Downwards. Naturally Bee’s interest moved to Internet radio, podcasting, and vidcasting, as those technologies evolved. Bee has produced and hosted an audio and video version of her electronic music show, The Chillcast, since 2005. In addition to weekly music mixes, Bee has produced interview features with such diverse talents as Laurence Tolhurst (of The Cure fame), Beth Hirsch, Ernesto, Paul Mac Innes, and Karmacoda. The two shows have had over 22 million total hits combined.
As much as Bee enjoys discovering and promoting music, she equally enjoys creating it. Bee has released 4 albums and 7 EPs with her band, Lovespirals, as well as numerous collaborations with Rom di Prisco, Aerotek, Bloody Mary & SIS, Karmacoda, Beth Hirsch, Falling You, Chandeen and other artists worldwide. With radio and club support from Armin van Buuren, Denny Dowd, The PH Factor and others, the ‘Damien S And Love Spirals Feat Anji Bee’ collaborative release on Loverush Digital earned #2 in World Trance, #4 in World House and #10 in World Commercial on the DMC, as well as the #8 spot on Music Week’s Upfront Club Chart. The 3345 Music release of Bee’s “Put Some Music On” single hit #2 on the Traxsource Lounge Essential 20 list and #16 on the Juno Recommends Downtempo list. Bee’s music has appeared on TV and cable programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Martha, What Perez Sez, Mind of Mencia, Gastineau Girls, Cribs, and many other shows on stations including MTV, VH1, E!, Playboy, Logo, and Current TV.