So, let's see what happens when Anika Mladineo visits Section 36 Music!
You lead the band Walhalla, which you founded. What made you decide to put that group together?
I am the leader, founder, and guitarist for Walhalla, a cover band which I formed back in October of 2022. At the time, I had already graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Performance. I was working for some institutions as a music teacher, which was a good experience but was not my real passion. I decided to reach out to some of my favorite people to work with and started my own project. As a cover band, we focus on classic rock and J-pop/rock. It is a dream come true for me to be able to play the music that I love the most with such good friends of mine (who are also very talented!).
What is your favorite part about performing in front of an audience?
You are attended Berklee College of Music. What’s the biggest thing Berklee has done for your career?
I graduated in the spring of 2022, but I recently became a staff member: I am the Guitar Department Coordinator at Berklee. The experience of attending Berklee is something that I will always be grateful for: developing my musical skills, meeting amazing people (both students and faculty), and giving me wonderful performance opportunities. One of the biggest things was definitely becoming a disciplined guitarist, with a solid practice routine and full devotion to the instrument. And of course, thanks to Berklee I met my bandmates and the other musicians that I currently work for.
Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?
What would you say is your biggest career challenge?
Music is a very hard path, but dedication is what takes you places. When Walhalla first started, it was hard to get bookings, as we were a new band and did not have that much content online back then. After our first few gigs, we managed to record some good content for social media, so that people are familiar with what we do. Speaking of myself as a guitarist, a big challenge is that there are a lot of amazing players out there, so I must always be on top of my stuff and stand out as much as I can.
What are your immediate career goals?
I can't wait to hear more of her music!
As always, I want to thank Anika for visiting with us, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.
Thanks again Anika, and good luck reaching your goals!