Friday, July 5, 2024

New Music from Ceci Reyes, Kimaya Diggs, and Whitney Doucet

 



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Twenty" - by Ceci Reyes


Release Date: June 29, 2024

What You Should Know: "
i can’t help but be grateful for everything and everyone around me 🫢🏻 im so so lucky and that’s what this song is all about :)"

Find It: Everywhere, like Spotify and Apple

Previously on Section 36: "Ceci Reyes Visits Section 36 Music!"


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"
everything is not lost" - by Kimaya Diggs


Release Date: July 5, 2024

What You Should Know: "
it's for anyone who's secretly shy. It's for the people who feel like they take up too much space and not enough space all at once, for former and current theater kids, big sisters, imposter syndrome-havers and lucky scammers and pessimists who can't help but have a little hope. It's for the folks who feel too old, or like they've missed their chance for something they deeply desire. It's for drama queens and secret-keepers and gossipers and people who watch their friends closely and quietly. And it's for anyone who likes good music and summer."

Find It: Everywhere, like Spotify and Apple

Previously on Section 36: "Kimaya Diggs Visits Section 36 Music!"


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"Sunset Boulevard
" - by Whitney Doucet 


Release Date: July 4, 2024

What You Should Know: "
I wrote this song about summertime on PLUM ISLAND MASSACHUSETTS! So naturally I had to have the photo shoot for album cover taken at The Cottage Creamery πŸ¦"

Find It: Everywhere, like Spotify and Apple

Previously on Section 36: "Whitney Doucet Visits Section 36 Music!"

Monday, July 1, 2024

AnneMarie Shawi Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 
Music has another visitor!
 You all streamed AnneMarie Shawi's recent single "Cigarette" already, right? Now's your chance to learn a little bit more about this incredible artist as we talk about the song, her goals, and more!

So, let's see what happens when AnneMarie Shawi visits Section 36 Music!

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

I wrote this song over a year ago, at a time where I was in the anger stage of my first heartbreak. I wrote it on the flight back to Boston from visiting my mom. On that trip I told her that my ex was a smoker, a secret I had been keeping from her while I was in the relationship because I knew she wouldn’t like it. Telling her that cut the ties mentally between me and him. I was feeling so much anger.I felt very vulnerable because even though I thought I was being the perfect girlfriend, he still broke up with me. There were times where I pitied him and knew it was his loss, and times where I just wanted to scream. This is reflected in the lyrics of Cigarette, especially in the Chorus: “When you realize I was the hope you had found and thrown away, you’ll be begging me to stay, but I’ll be long gone”. The heavy contrast to this and in the mentality in the song is in the bridge: “Go on and choke on your cigarette, come home again at 4am wondering why the time keeps flying by”. I feel like a lot of people can relate to the feeling of wanting to look down on someone and keeping your power, but sometimes it just feels so good to stoop to their level and tell them what you think. 


What was your favorite part of the recording process?

Seeing a song come together for the first time is a surreal experience. I loved hearing what additions the musicians on the song had and how they interpreted it. My producer, Noah Jezyk, was just as excited as I was about it and it was so great to know that he cared about it as well. I remember during one of the sessions, as soon as the take was done I started kicking my feet and giggling like a crazy person and I accidentally scared him!


You currently attend Berklee College of Music. What made Berklee the right choice for you?

I first attended Berklee as a 5-week summer program student when I was 17. That was absolutely the best summer of my life. I met so many amazing and talented people from everywhere in the world. It is so inspiring to be surrounded by a constantly evolving scene that is influenced by different backgrounds and cultures. It motivates me to really express myself and I don’t have to feel self conscious about any of the art I put out, because everyone else is too. The classes are amazing and teach me things I couldn’t have dreamed of. I fell in love with going to school for the first time and would actually get upset when classes were canceled! This hasn’t changed since then and I am so incredibly grateful to be able to go to Berklee!


Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

Ever since I was 4 years old I have been a choir kid. I love the use of multiple harmonies and choirs on my songs. I love the drama that it brings. I am also part Egyptian, which I feel is reflected in my style of singing as well as in the Cello part in “Cigarette” and string parts in my other tunes. I love incorporating the culture into an otherwise western tune. 

What inspires me more than anything are the people I get to meet and the huge range of shows I get to see performed here at Berklee, as well as my friends who amaze me every day. 


What do you enjoy most about performing on stage in front of an audience?

I live for shocking an audience with the lyrics. It’s so fun to watch people’s faces when I sing a lyric I’m proud of, especially when they know who it’s about. I love to really put on a show and make sure everyone in the audience knows how I’m feeling!


What are your immediate music goals?
This was my debut single and now I just feel addicted to the feeling of releasing music! I am currently working on recording and mixing a couple other songs, which will see the light of day soon. I wish I could release new music every day!

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Excited to hear that new music!

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

I'm sure you’ll all want to follow her and see what she has going on. I would follow her on Instagram, and Spotify  to make sure you don't miss a thing. And, be sure to listen to "Cigarette" wherever you usually find your music.


Thanks again AnneMarie, and good luck reaching your goals!


Friday, June 28, 2024

New Music From Kelsey Blackstone and MANU XAVIER


 "Willow" - by Kelsey Blackstone


Release Date: June 14, 2024

What You Should Know: "this song is about growing older, things changing & accepting them even if it’s painful, and appreciating the important things that remain the same <3 if you’ve ever felt like Willow does in our song & you’re missing some of the magic from simpler times, I hope this music inspires you through it"

Find It: Spotify or Apple

Previous Noteworthy Releases: "Leaving Boston (Live)", "505"



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 "Shelf" - by MANU XAVIER


Release Date: June 28, 2024

What You Should Know: "MANU XAVIER is a Brazilian multi-instrumentalist who has already become a beloved figure in the Boston scene. Representing the Modern Rock genre, Manu’s original songs delve deeply into self-discovery, exploring sexuality, facing coming-of-age issues, and finding her own artistry. With inspiration ranging from Led Zeppelin to the Arctic Monkeys, she has created a signature sound characterized by her metaphorical lyrics and clinging motifs. If you’ve been waiting for a female rock’n’roll artist worth your attention, you should definitely listen to SHELF, which is available on all streaming platforms!"

Find It: Spotify or Apple

Previously on Section 36: "Introducing Rock Artist Manu Xavier..."



Monday, June 24, 2024

Julia Adrian Visits Section 36!

Section 36 
Music has another visitor!
 I'm sure you have all listened to Julia Adrian's recent single, "Elephant in the Room". Now you get to learn a little bit more about this inredible artist as we talk about the song, her goals, and more!

So, let's see what happens when Julia Adrian visits Section 36 Music!

I absolutely love your recnt single “Elephant in the Room". What can you tell me about it?

I actually wrote it a few years ago, when I was thinking about a pretty uncertain situation. I had a friend and didn’t know where we stood, and the phrase ‘elephant in the room’ kept popping into my head.  It was both exciting and anticipatory, and I wanted to create the production ideas to mirror a ‘whisper’ and the tension-filled situation.  I decided to write about it from a playful lens, and that’s how we got here!


What was your favorite part of the recording process?

I loved recording this song and seeing how it progressed from the first day to where it ended up.  My favorite day of the process is always vocal day because we really hone in on the vocal artifacts and the detail of how I sing each line.  I love finding unique harmonies to support the lead vocal.  We tried to make the vocal edits and the breathiness reflect the suspense filled vibe of the song.  The best feeling is the last day when all the finishing touches come together and we do the first listen through of the final song.


Originally from the Northeast, you’re now based in Nashville. What has that move done for you and your career?

It’s been incredible.  Nashville is such a wonderful community of people that support and help each other.  There’s such a high concentration of creatives whether that be artists, writers, musicians, photographers, etc.  Nashville has changed the way I view this path and has made me feel so incredibly supported.  


Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

I have so many.  I love the style and vocals of Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones.  I grew up being inspired by Ariana Grande’s harmonies and vocals, and Taylor Swift and Julia Michael’s lyricism.  More recently, I enjoy listening to artists like Sabrina Carpenter, Renee Rapp, Olivia Rodrigo, Maisie Peters, and Chappell Roan.


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

It’s definitely difficult to decipher advice and constructive criticism from opinion.  I’ve learned to listen, but take everything with a grain of salt.  Music is so subjective and there will always be someone who connects with your music and loves it. You just have to find that community.


What are your immediate music goals?

I would love to create a live show that people are excited to come to, with songs people want to sing to, but also feel both fun and cathartic. Similar to the live shows, I want to create a community of people who understand my sense of humor and relate in some way to the words I am singing.  I also love writing for other artists and connecting with them as people. 


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Love her attitude about finding her community. Perhaps it's with Section 36!  


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


I'm sure you’ll all want to follow her and see what she has going on. I would follow her on Instagram, and Spotify  to make sure you don't miss a thing. 


Thanks again Julia, and good luck reaching your goals!




Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Elle Sera Talks About "All Over Again"!

I love being able to go behind the scenes on anything, and see what's going on behind the curtain. I especially love the stories behind songs. Where they came from, what they mean, anything. So I was thrilled when Elle Sera wanted to share the story behind her recent single with us. Let's see what she had to say!

“ALL OVER AGAIN” has served me a few different story lines and inspiration points through the life it’s had since inception so far.  While it may have had some roots in the “I’ve got to get over this person” vibes in the impetus it certainly took a winding road with me as my internal landscape evolved when thinking about love, relationships(of all kinds!) and how my body & brain processes it all. 

There were some big lessons that surfaced through the ability to just get this song out of me and written.  Took me a few years to sit with the feelings and have enough rear-view-mirror perspective that freed me to pen it and seemed effortless in the task when it did push through, gratefully.  I’d say this song even helped me understand why I had to process with a fervor of replaying scenes, words and moments to the point of overwhelm.  And it started to seem like a chore to put so much into keeping my mind on a merry-go-round. So rather than beat myself up for that and with that I looked at what my brain was doing and why it felt it needed that.  Putting on a different hat to birds-eye view it all allowed some space to process how I WANTED TO think and not be bound by the patterns, habits and poor conditioning I’d been programmed with as a child. 

I began to look at love and relationships and the relating to my own thoughts with a whole other perspective that was SO refreshing.  I’d like to think of myself as moving from “over-thinker” to “active deep thinker”.  So this song is for anyone who might do the whole “replay a scenario” over and over in your head. While in itself it can be a gateway to processing, just know the point in which it’s not serving your highest interest. 

Thanks for listening!

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

More Behind the Scenes of "Should've Known" with Duda

Duda continues to bring us with her through the songwriting process of 
"Should've Known". In this case, she shifts to taking us to the photo shoot for the cover art and video. She, of course, discusses that corset top you're all talking about. 

Here's what she had to say!

Let’s talk about the photo shoot now, because everyone loved the photo shoot. It is beautiful I must say. So the photos were taken by my friend Marina and the backstage video was taken by my roommate Allie. We took the photos in a beautiful place and I noticed that everyone loved the playing cards corset top because it is just gorgeous. It was handmade by Marina. She hand glued the playing cards one by one. I was initially trying to do it myself. This all came together the day of the shoot. We had another idea that didn’t work out. Then Lyla Tess, helping out with management, came up with this crazy idea of the playing cards corset top. I remember I was like “That’s not gonna work out”, but she said to try it. You never know. I started gluing it 1.5

hours before leaving for the shoot, and it started not working. And then Marina showed up with fabric glue and made it work and make it fit me. So it’s like perfectly fit for my body which is so nice. At the end it was actually glued on me. The playing cards visually tells a story of a game player who loves the game of going out with guys and saying that didn’t work out and tries another one. I still have the corset top. It’s beautiful and molded to my body which is so funny and I love it so much. It made me feel like I was in a fashion show and a real artist, performer, pop star.


Social media for the song is going going so well. (Lyla Tess Again) I am very present on TikTok. Nice to explore that and bring it to Instagram. So excited about this release, and everyone knows I put so much into everything I do. 


All the hard work definitely shows! "Should've Known" is such a great song. You should be sure to listen to it for yourself.


Thanks again, Duda, for sharing this story with us.



Monday, June 10, 2024

Bee Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 Music has another visitor! I'm sure you all know bee from her debut single "watch you go again". Now's your chance to learn a little bit more about the artist behind the magic as bee talks about the song, her influences, and more!

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

Your recent single, “watch you go again” is just fantastic. What can you tell me about it?

Thank you! watch you go again is my first single! I co-wrote this at Berklee early in the spring semester with my friend and producer, Luke Giles. We spent a lot of time finishing a demo throughout March, and then got into the studio in mid April to record the final version.


What was your biggest surprise about the recording process?

I've only ever recorded my songs in my bedroom in my childhood house, so the whole concept of finally getting access to studio time was super fun. I got to work with my very talented friend Kirsten Kirk as a studio engineer for a couple sessions. The most surprising part of the entire process was the fact that I got to sneak some secret vocals into the song from my friends!


You are currently studying at Berklee College of Music. What made Berklee the right choice for you?

I thought that I was going to be a softball player coming out of high school. After one year of playing softball, I knew I wanted to be at Berklee. I really love being here and meeting other artists and musicians. Also, I knew that above anything else, I wanted to improve as a musician in every way possible. 


Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

Beabadoobee, Clairo, The 1975, Juliet Ivy, and The Japanese House are some of my biggest writing influences. This past year I've gotten so into indie pop, but I grew up on mostly alt rock like fall out boy, origami angel, and paramore.  


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

Right now my biggest challenge is making the absolute highest quality music that I can. I want to take a lot of care with my upcoming projects to make sure they're the best art I can create. 


What are your immediate music goals?

I would love to release more music! I'm working on new music currently, and I can't wait to start sharing these new songs, since they mean so much to me. My biggest goal for this year is to open for other musicians, and release new music that I'm proud of.


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Those are great goals. I know I'm excited to hear that new music!  


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


I'm sure you’ll all want to follow her and see what she has going on. I would follow her on Instagram, and Spotify  to make sure you don't miss a thing. 


Thanks again bee, and good luck reaching your goals!