Thursday, November 30, 2023

Lucia Dostal Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 
Music has another visitor! Lucia Dostal
 is a fantastic singer, whose upcoming album definitely needs to be on your radar. I was so excited that she wanted to visit with us and discuss her music, future goals, and more. I’m sure you’ll enjoy everything she has to say.

So, let's see what happens when Lucia Dostal visits Section 36 Music!

I am incredibly excited for your upcoming self titled album. What can you tell me about it?

LUCIA DOSTAL the album is a collection of memories and raw emotions from the past 3 years of my life. It weaves through heartbreak, love, loss, jealousy and so much more. The oldest song on the album, Lost, was written in 2020 when I was a senior in highschool. I began the album release plan on December 16th with the release of Groove Pants, then Stuck in Time (May 6th), Lost (July 28) and the full album on December 8th. 


I wasn't aware of this during the writing process, but all of these songs are in vastly different genres. Groove Pants is funk, Stuck in Time is bossa nova, Lost is pop, and the album itself also encapsulates rock, pop punk and jazz. 


What is your favorite part of the recording process?

The recording process for this album was so much fun. My band and I took 5 days and recorded all of the instrumentals at Howie's Loft on Prince Edward Island, Canada. As for the vocals, I think I collectively recorded them in 8 different places around the world: Howies Loft (Recording Studio), The closet in an Airbnb (in Seattle Washington), my dorm room (in Berklee Boston), A recording studio (in Berklee Boston), my mom's backyard recording studio (in western mass), The Charlottetown public library isolation room (on Prince Edward Island), A practice room (in Berklee Valencia) and a recording studio (in Berklee Valencia). My favorite part of this process was learning how to record vocals wherever I was whenever I wanted to.


You are studying at Berklee College of Music in Valencia Spain. What is that experience like?

Being in Spain has been a dream and nothing less! Growing up, my mom worked as a Spanish teacher so I had some Spanish in my back pocket when I arrived here. I feel so lucky to be able to study music and be in Spain and Europe. I have been doing a lot of traveling and exploring and I am trying to make the most out of every weekend before the semester ends! :-)


Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

This is a tough question because as someone who writes in a lot of genres I take inspiration from many musicians. If I could pick a few people I would say Eloise for her fusion of pop and jazz, Stevie Wonder because he put the soul into my music, Chet Baker because I am obsessed with his energy and Sarah Barellies because when I first started writing songs in middle school I knew her discography like the back of my hand. 


What would you say is your biggest challenge with your music career?

I think the biggest challenge for me is honestly having a good balance in my music career. When you turn the thing you love into your career it's often hard to draw a line on how much you should be working. Sometimes it's really hard to put equal time into my career, my school, my friends and myself. But I am learning how to find that balance!


What are your immediate music goals?

My immediate music goal is to effectively promote and share this album with you guys! As someone who is minoring in music business I have been digging a lot more into how marketing works and how I can get this music out to people who will love it as much as I do. :)


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I am so excited for that album!  


As always, I want to thank Lucia for visiting with us, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.


I'm sure you’ll all want to follow Lucia and be ready for that new music. I would follow her on Instagram, and Spotify to make sure you don't miss a thing. 


Thanks again Lucia, and good luck reaching your goals!


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Alexis Bleu Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 
Music has another visitor! Alexis Bleu
 is an incredible singer, whose latest single, "Summer of '21", should already be on your playlists. I was so excited that she wanted to visit with us and discuss her music, future goals, and more. I’m sure you’ll enjoy everything she has to say.

So, let's see what happens when Alexis Bleu visits Section 36 Music!

I really enjoyed your single “Summer of ‘21”. What can you tell me about it?

Thank you! I actually didn’t write “Summer of ‘21” with the intention of releasing it. During my gap year after high school, I took a few classes through Berklee Online. The final project for one of the classes was to create a song from start to finish in groups. I was on lyric duty and I did what I always do: write from what I know. It couldn’t have been done without the help of my classmates Juan Canteli (production and mixing) and Chad Lee (guitar melody). In a nutshell, “Summer of ‘21” is a nostalgic pop song that talks about that summer (whatever that may be for you) where everything felt like a movie.


Not long ago you performed at Rockwood Music Hall with Kai Wilson for your first Boston 

show. What was that experience like?

Honestly it didn’t even feel real until I got on stage that night. The Boston location is a great venue with amazing energy. Whether the venue is packed or not, it’s a very comfortable environment, and all the staff I’ve encountered thus far have been so kind and accommodating. I want to thank Adam Greenberg, as he reached out to me to get me on the schedule for that night. I feel so grateful that Kai was willing to have me at his show. He and Ezra Kruzich (another opener at the show) are such talented guys and I highly recommend their music, too. I hope to have many more shows at Rockwood as my career progresses!


And other live performances I should be on the lookout for?

Yes! I have a show on December 15 at Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA. The show is called Minifest, since it’s basically just a mini-scale music festival if you think about it! I’ve never performed at Cantab Lounge, so I’m excited to perform at a new venue and meet the other artists.


It is a ticketed event, whether in person or live-streamed, so I’ll put the link for y’all here: Tickets


I’d love to see some new faces there, so don’t forget to snag a ticket!


You just started studying at Berklee College of Music. What do you see Berklee doing for your career?

Berklee has been such a great experience so far! I’m planning to major in professional music, which is basically like one of those “choose your own story” books. It’ll allow me to simultaneously study songwriting, music business, and music production. I can see Berklee taking my production and performance skills to the next level, for sure. I also think Berklee provides some great networking opportunities and I’ve already learned so much from being around other musicians all the time.


What would you say is your biggest challenge with your music career?

My biggest challenge at the moment is comparison. I have this tendency to compare my voice, goals, and accomplishments to that of my peers. I definitely think that holds me back at times. Another big challenge I have though, is marketing. I am definitely a musician first, content creator second. Learning the ropes of social media and how to get people to actually engage with what I’m posting is certainly no easy job, but I’m learning.


What are your immediate music goals?

Well… I do have a new single that’s not yet announced, but will be soon! So marketing and releasing that is on top of the priority list at the moment. I’m also just trying to get through the first semester of college and work on posting as much as possible to my social media accounts. Posting has been something I’ve gotten behind on, so working on that is a big goal for me right now. 


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I need to hear that new single, like, now!  


As always, I want to thank Alexis for visiting with us, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.


I'm sure you’ll all want to listen to Alexis and be ready for that new music. I would follow her on Instagram, and Spotify. You should also bookmark her webiste to make sure you don't miss a thing. 


Thanks again Alexis, and good luck reaching your goals!


Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Upcoming Show: Breaking Sound featuring Adia Clark Lay

 



Breaking Sound


Featuring: Adia Clark Lay, and others

Date: December 7, 2023

Location: Cafe Nero, 114 New Edgerly Rd, Boston MA 02115

Tickets: Box Office

What You Should Know: Showcasing the hottest emerging artists and bands in premium locations.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Sydney Mira Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 
Music has another visitor! Sydney Mira
 is an incredible singer, fresh off her recent single, "Bite", which you definitely need to check out. I was so excited that she was willing to visit with us and discuss her music, future goals, and more. I’m sure you’ll enjoy everything she has to say.

So, let's see what happens when Sydney Mira visits Section 36 Music!

I absolutely love your recent single “Bite”. What can you tell me about it?

Thank you so much. I’m so happy to hear that you connected with my song.

 

“Bite” touches on two concepts – power and deception.  I've always been drawn to the Femme Fatale character and the alluring control that she wields.  All too often, men are portrayed as holding the cards in relationships.  I wanted to write a song that completely flips the script, acknowledging powerful women while also adding in some edginess – I love the combination of sexy and dark imagery.

 

I also wanted to incorporate the notion of looks being deceiving and how instant assumptions and judgments can be false.  I’ve grown up with a constant undertone of people assuming, since I'm petite, that I’m “sweet,” “innocent,” and/or “frail.”  Those assumptions are completely inaccurate.  I love the quote from Shakespeare, “Though she be but little she is fierce.”  I strive to be a kind and compassionate person, but I’m also very confident and have an edgy side.  I firmly believe that these traits shouldn’t be considered mutually exclusive.  Women often have to straddle a line between being unassuming and owning their power, and I think this song plays into that dichotomy.


In "Bite," I wanted to embody my inner Femme Fatale, and I had so much fun writing it!


What is your favorite part of the recording process?

My absolute favorite part of the process is writing the melody and lyrics.  While I self-produce the majority of my songs, I consider myself a topliner (meaning I specialize in melody and lyrics) first and foremost.  Melody and lyrics are my wheelhouse and where I derive the most joy within the creative process.  I usually start my songs with a clear lyrical or emotional concept and branch off from there.  I love playing with song structure, rhyme scheme, and incorporating pop culture and literary references into my lyrics.  I’m an avid reader, and I find a lot of inspiration for my lyrics from reading, whether classic literature or fairytales.  Suffice it to say, I’m a lyrics girl through and through – I LOVE words!


You are a graduate of Berklee College of Music. What’s the biggest thing Berklee did for your career?

Berklee was influential in making me into the musician I am today.  I went through some of the very best and worst times of my life while in college, and by channeling those experiences into my music, I became a better songwriter and artist.  I made friends with an incredible community of other musicians who are also making their way into the industry.  The students and faculty that supported me and believed in me at Berklee are now cherished friends, and I’m grateful for their support!  Above all, I learned how to handle and accept rejection.  Berklee was great to me (I was fortunate enough to attend on scholarship) and created wonderful opportunities for me, but it’s a music school, it’s intense.  There are so many talented musicians there, and it’s incredibly competitive.  There were constant auditions and competitions.  And, while I received some acceptances, there were also countless rejections.  But, I’m ultimately grateful for those rejections because it made me stronger and more committed to my craft and made me learn how to fight for what I want to achieve.  I think that is part of the process of studying at a music school – learning how to accept rejections until you get the “Yes” – how much do you want this dream?  Do you give up, or keep at it until you succeed?  I never allowed any “no” to stop me from continuing on my path and never will.  Plus, it makes the moments that I am acknowledged for my art all the sweeter!


Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

I grew up listening to a diverse range of musicians from Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, The Beatles, Elton John, Radiohead, Bjork, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson to Christina Aguilera.  My biggest inspirations though are Taylor Swift, Julia Wolf, Sabrina Carpenter, Melanie Martinez, JP Saxe, Ed Sheeran, and Ellie Goulding.  I’m particularly drawn to artists who aren’t afraid to highlight the darker parts of the psyche along with the nuances and emotional complexities that come with being human.  Whether it’s through dark musical tonalities or intricate lyrics, I’m consistently inspired by the artists who confront difficult topics and who continue to blaze trails for future artists.


As mentioned earlier, I also love lyrics and am constantly inspired by the power of storytelling.  When I was growing up, I would write short stories and poems to express myself before I knew songwriting was even an option for me.  To this day, I make a point of prioritizing lyrics in all of my songs.  The lyrics and overall emotional concept of the song needs to be clear to the listener; otherwise, I’ve failed in my job as a songwriter.


What would you say is your biggest challenge with your music career?

As an indie artist just starting out, my biggest challenge is mainly getting my music out to the right audience.  Social media (especially TikTok) has made the music industry so much more accessible, but it has also severely over-saturated the market and has made it difficult to be heard above the noise.  Like Taylor Swift, I’m hoping to build a community of listeners who feel seen and represented by my music, and I’m excited to see that my music is already beginning to affect people in a positive way.  I hope my songs continue to resonant with listeners, and they feel their emotions are validated. 

 

What are your immediate music goals?

My immediate music goals are to hone my craft, establish a strong community of listeners, and continue to build on the momentum I’ve started since releasing my debut single “BAD,” and now “Bite.”  I’m also hoping to continue working and co-writing with other writers and producers, expanding my network of creatives, and cultivating new meaningful collaborations.  I’m currently finishing up some new songs with plans to release more music starting in the new year – I’m so excited to share these songs!


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Those are wonderful goals. I'm definitely excited about new music on the way!  


As always, I want to thank Sydney for visiting with us, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.


I'm sure you’ll all want to listen to Sydney and be ready for her upcoming music. I would  follow her on Instagram, and Spotify. You should also bookmark her webiste to make sure you don't miss a thing. 


Thanks again Sydney, and good luck reaching your goals!



Sunday, November 26, 2023

“Where I Come From" by Varsha

 



"
Where I Come From" - Varsha


Release Date: November 24, 2023

What You Should Know: written by Varsha and the incredible @woahimkyle with help from @davecay. Produced by the insanely talented @sorensmedvig and @j_onswrld"


Find It: Everywhere, like Apple and 
Spotify

Previously on Section 36: "Varsha Visits Section 36 Music!"


Friday, November 24, 2023

“Fire In You" by Shreya Pujari



"Fire In You" - Single by Shreya Pujari


Release Date: November 17, 2023

What You Should Know: This song has a dance/Pop Y2K Bollywood vibe, inspired by Arabic and Turkish music. If you're not sure if that's your vibe, trust me...it is.

Find It: Everywhere, like 
Apple or Spotify


Monday, November 20, 2023

Audrey Pearl Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 
Music has another visitor! Audrey Pearl
 is a fantastic singer, whose recent EP, "The Motions" is one you need to be listening to. I was so thrilled that she wanted to visit with us and discuss her music, future goals, and more. I’m sure you’ll enjoy everything she has to say.

So, let's see what happens when Audrey Pearl visits Section 36 Music!

I absolutely loved your EP, “The Motions”. What can you tell me about it?

Thank you so much! The EP is a collection of four songs written throughout my last two years of college. It was a period of really intense growth for me-  moving to Boston, living alone, struggling deeply with mental health, pushing my boundaries, maintaining a long distance relationship, and really getting to know myself. 


The title track, “The Motions”, is a song about my experience with depression during the pandemic when every day felt like I was literally just going through the motions. In the context of the rest of the EP, “The Motions” ends up representing the cyclical nature of healing and the inevitable transformation of pain into growth, connection, and love. The songs sort follow this transformation, beginning from my lowest point of feeling completely hopeless, moving into “For The Taking” which is a meditation on vulnerability, “Send Me To The Waves” which is about the total catharsis of giving up control and letting feelings flow through you, and finally landing on “The Suns That Set Between Us”  which is about love that lasts even across time and great distances. 


What was your favorite part of the recording process?

Photo Barry Schneier
For so long these songs belonged only to me. I wrote them alone with a guitar on my bedroom floor based on my own inner thoughts and personal experiences and played them over and over again just by myself. When I started showing the songs to my bandmates (Eddie Fiscella, Sam Bigus, Quinten Cohen, and Josh Pajak) and the producer, Faol├ín, it was so special to watch the songs take on a new life through their ideas and contributions. Not only did I have such a blast getting in the studio with everyone and recording, but arranging the songs and hearing other people use their creativity and artistry to develop the songs added so much meaning to the project. 


Do you have a favorite song from the EP?

I think if I had to choose, it would be The Motions - it’s the title track for a reason! I just remember the place I was in when I wrote that song so vividly and how relieving it was to get the feeling out of my body and put it into words. This song reminds me of how far I’ve come and I also just had a blast playing it live with my band and recording it together. Even though the subject matter is heavy, I didn’t want the song to sound heavy and I think we achieved that. 


Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

I have split this up into a few different parts. The first is the music I grew up with, which was really formative in terms of my musical instincts and writing style. That would be artists like the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, CSNY, and Nick Drake. Then there’s the music that I listen to a lot of these days which has been inspiring me stylistically. In that category I’d include Julia Jacklin, Adrianne Lenker, Clairo, Phoebe Bridgers, and Andy Shauf. Lastly, I really love reading poetry and I think that has a lot to do with the way I approach writing lyrics. I’ve got some compilations of T.S. Elliot, Rumi, and Hafiz and they just use such beautiful language and have a way of turning feelings into words that I really admire.  


What would you say is your biggest challenge with your music career?

The biggest challenge for me right now is definitely figuring out how to juggle all the facets of being an independent artist. What I really love is writing songs, recording and collaborating with other musicians, and performing- but turning it into a career means taking on so much more than that. I just graduated school and I’m working full time to save money but meanwhile writing and recording music and then when it’s time to release music I’m trying to figure out how to do my own press, promo, social media, booking, etc. It takes a lot of organization and it’s something that I still need to put a lot of time and work into improving at. I love making music more than anything and I’m so grateful to be on this path but the hardest times are when I start to let all the little things get to me and get ridiculously overwhelmed. 


What are your immediate music goals?

Even though I just released an EP I’ve got a bunch of stuff in the works that I’m really excited to finish up and share, so expect much more music soon! I’ve been in this mode of recording, editing, and promoting music for a while so I’m also excited to start writing new stuff and exploring how my sound will grow from here. 


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I'm excited to hear that growth as well.  


As always, I want to thank Audrey for visiting with us, and for sending along the pictures to accompany the interview.


I'm sure you’ll all want to listen to Audrey and be ready for her upcoming music. I would  follow her on Instagram, and Spotify to make sure you don't miss a thing. 


Thanks again Audrey, and good luck reaching your goals!