Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Adia Clark Lay Makes 36 Decisions!

We all know
 Adia Clark Lay from her interview with us, where we discussed her single “Brown Eyes". 

Today I thought we should learn a little bit more about this incredible artist, who has a new single "Wanna Go Back" out this week, by having her make some decisions for us! 

Which does she prefer...

Brooklyn or Golden Gate Bridge? - Golden Gate Bridge

Red Sox or Yankees? - Red Sox duh!

Disney or Pixar? - Disney (I’m a princess at heart)

Tank top or tee shirt? - Tank top always

French fries or onion rings? - French Fries (specifically McDonald’s with ketchup)

Ice cream or iced coffee? - I’m an ice cream conessiure  

Cake or Pie? - Mom’s Double Chocolate Cake

Breakfast or Dinner? - Breakfast FOR dinner

Pizza party or pool party? - Pool party for sure!

Formal attire or Casual wear? - You’ll always catch me in casual, but I love to play dress up for events;)

Beach vacation or Mountain retreat? - Beach vacation, I live in the mountains!

Too hot or too cold? - Too hot, the cold is just… cold.

Going to a water park or amusement park? - Amusement park! I live for rollercoasters!!

Adventure travel or Relaxing vacation? - Always down for an adventure!

Night out or Night in? - Really depends on how I’m feeling

Concerts or Movie nights? - Movie nights are more affordable lol but I love a good concert

Playing video games or reading books? - If video games include Wii Sports or Mario Kart, I’m so down.

Football or baseball? - Baseball! Get me a Pepsi and a hotdog and I’m set

Hiking or Rock climbing? - Hiking!

Fiction or Non-fiction? - I LOVE realistic fiction

Spending time at the beach or by the pool? - The beach!

Pizza or tacos? - Dominos Cheese Pizza

Sing-along songs or Dance numbers? - Sing along, I have two left feet

Drums or Guitar? - Guitar!

Headphones or Speakers? - Speakers, but I’m scared of my neighbors haha

Animation or Live-action? - Love a good live-action remake

Superheroes or Princesses? - Princesses are superheroes! 

Talking animals or Magical creatures? - Magical creatures, I’ve always a unicorn

Shopping in-store or buying things online? - All shopping is good shopping

Sending text messages or calling people? - Calling is much more convenient 

Podcasts or YouTube videos? - Podcasts, but only Two Hot Takes

Getting lost in the jungle or in a vast city? - Vast city, because I’m a Google Maps professional

Be Sleepy or Grumpy from the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story? - Happy! 

Having the ability to read other people’s minds or the ability to fly? - Ability to fly, then I wouldn’t be late all the time

Reincarnate as a parrot or fish? - Parrot, they are colorful and can sing/talk!

Host a party, or attend a party? Attend! Less to worry about.


That was fun!

As always, I want to thank Adia for taking the time to do this with us. It's always nice to be able to learn a bit more about a favorite artist.

Be sure to listen and follow along with her to see what she's up to. I would definitely follow her on Instagram, and/or Spotify. In fact, go do both right now! 

Thanks again Adia Clark Lay!

Monday, February 26, 2024

Chella Visits Section 36 Music!

Section 36 Music has another visitor! Chella is an incredible singer whose single "Pro Tempo Parar
" is simply outstanding. I was so excited she was willing to visit with us and discuss her music, future goals, and more. I’m sure you’ll love everything she has to say. In addition, because of her large Portuguese speaking fanbase, she was nice enough to answer the questions in both English and Portuguese for us. 

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

I absolutely loved your debut album, “Pro Tempo Parar”. What can you tell me about it?

Thank you so much, Ron! "Pro Tempo Parar" is a concept album which explores all phases of a past relationship of mine, from start to end: honeymoon, doubt and denial, disillusionment, relapse, healing, and acceptance. It's a pretty intense record, for obvious reasons — the most important of them being the fact that I wrote all the songs 100% on my own, as I was processing and coming to terms with these very complex feelings. In the end, the relationship represented in the album is just really a metaphor for the passage of people through our lives. 

The album was recorded and produced by the amazing Moogie Canazio in studio 2 at the EastWest Studios in LA, with my dream team of top-notch musicians: Tim Pierce, Sean Hurley, Jake Reed, Santiago Galeano (also a Berklee alumnus), Felipe Melanio, and Jamie Muhoberac. I aimed for a fresh and organic sound by mixing my 3 main musical influences: MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), pop, and rock. The songs not only develop and speak to each other lyrically, but also musically through the use of melodic and harmonic motifs throughout the record. 

I also believe that the visual aspect of this project was essential to the unfolding of the narrative, by expanding on the meaning and interpretation of each song. 

Adorei seu álbum de estreia, “Pro Tempo Parar”. Me conte um pouco mais sobre ele!

Muito obrigada, Ron! "Pro Tempo Parar" é um álbum conceitual que explora as fases de um relacionamento que eu tive, do início ao fim: a paixão, a dúvida, a desilusão, a recaída, a cura e a aceitação. É um disco bastante intenso, por razões óbvias — a mais importante delas é o fato de que eu escrevi todas as músicas 100% sozinha, enquanto assimilava esses sentimentos complexos. No final das contas, o relacionamento representado no álbum é apenas uma metáfora da passagem das pessoas pela nossa vida.

O álbum foi gravado e produzido pelo incrível Moogie Canazio no estúdio 2 do EastWest Studios em Los Angeles, com meu time de músicos dos sonhos: Tim Pierce, Sean Hurley, Jake Reed, Santiago Galeano (também ex-aluno da Berklee), Felipe Melanio e Jamie Muhoberac. Busquei um som fresco e orgânico misturando minhas 3 principais influências musicais: MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), pop e rock. As músicas não apenas se desenvolvem e se comunicam pelas letras, mas também musicalmente através do uso de motivos melódicos e harmônicos ao longo do disco.

Acredito também que o aspecto visual deste projeto foi essencial para o desenrolar da narrativa, ampliando o significado e a interpretação de cada música.

I really enjoy your “Piano Sessions” videos on your YouTube channel. What is your favorite part about those videos?

Really glad you enjoyed it! I wanted to record the rawest, unedited versions of the songs to my fans, to bring them as close to me and to the compositions as possible. That's literally how the songs were conceived — me and the keys. I am at my happiest and most comfortable when I sit at the piano, and play without thinking or worrying too much, and I want people to see that version of me too. There's a power to stripping down the production. You get to dim the lights and really place the spotlight on the building blocks of the song: lyrics and melody. I guess that's my favorite part; having people truly focus on the message.

Também adorei a sua série de vídeos “Piano Sessions” no seu canal no YouTube. Qual é a sua parte favorita desses vídeos?

Fico muito feliz que você gostou! O meu intuito era gravar a versão mais crua de cada música para meus fãs, para trazê-los o mais próximo possível de mim e das canções. Foi literalmente assim que as músicas foram concebidas — eu e as teclas. A minha versão mais feliz e confortável é quando sento ao piano e toco sem pensar ou me preocupar muito, e quero que as pessoas conheçam esse meu lado. Existe um poder em reduzir a produção. Você consegue colocar os holofotes nos elementos vitais da música: a letra e a melodia. Acho que essa é minha parte favorita; fazer com que as pessoas realmente se concentrem na mensagem.

You graduated from Berklee College of Music. How did Berklee help your career?

I lived the best years of my life at Berklee! I was exposed to so many musical and cultural possibilities... Berklee helped shape me as an artist, as it was the perfect opportunity to experiment and embrace all ideas — the good and the bad —, and dip my toes into every genre and style. I mean, what if my song sucked? If my performance sucked? My audience didn't exist just yet. No one (except for my friends and colleagues) was listening — so why not dare to experiment? Failure only got me closer to the artist I want to become. It helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, what I liked and what I disliked. It narrowed me down to my core. 

Berklee also gave me all the tools necessary to be a well-rounded songwriter and music business professional. I feel ready and excited for any challenges my career may bring, and I owe a lot of this confidence to my Berklee education. 

Você se formou na Berklee College of Music. Como a Berklee ajudou na sua carreira?

Vivi os melhores anos da minha vida na Berklee! Fui exposta a tantas possibilidades musicais e culturais... a Berklee ajudou a me moldar como artista, pois foi a oportunidade perfeita para experimentar e abraçar todas as ideias — as boas e as ruins — e mergulhar em todos os gêneros e estilos. Tipo, e se eu escrevesse uma música ruim? E se a minha performance fosse ruim? Meu público ainda não existia. Ninguém (exceto meus amigos e colegas de faculdade) estava ouvindo — então por que não ousar experimentar? O fracasso só me aproximou da artista que eu queria me tornar. Me ajudou a entender meus pontos fortes e fracos, o que eu gostava e o que não gostava. Isso me reduziu ao meu âmago.

A Berklee também me deu todas as ferramentas necessárias para ser uma compositora completa e uma profissional da indústria musical. Me sinto pronta e animada para quaisquer desafios que minha carreira possa trazer, e devo muito dessa confiança à minha formação na Berklee.

Who or what would you consider your biggest musical influences?

Definitely the teachers I've had over the years — because I admire them so much, I learn and reproduce everything I can from them, and eventually, make it sound my own. Debora Gurgel, Tatiana Parra, Rodney Alejandro, John Debo... just to name a few!

The artists which most influenced my work include Coldplay, Conan Gray, Lizzy McAlpine, Taylor Swift, Tiago Iorc, Tribalistas, among many others! 

Quais são as suas maiores influências musicais?

Definitivamente, os professores que tive ao longo dos anos — porque os admiro muito, aprendo e reproduzo tudo o que posso com eles e, eventualmente, trago todos esses aprendizados pro mundinho Chella. Débora Gurgel, Tatiana Parra, Rodney Alejandro, John Debo... só para citar alguns!

Além dos meus professores, os artistas que mais influenciaram o meu trabalho incluem Coldplay, Conan Gray, Lizzy McAlpine, Taylor Swift, Tiago Iorc, Tribalistas, entre muitos outros!

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

Most definitely content creation. I believe that being online so much is truly damaging to the artist, and it is something I personally struggle with. I am still trying to find that healthy sweet spot between spending time working on socials, and spending time offline working on my music and not getting distracted. It's so easy to get sucked into the endless feed tab and forget why you opened the app in the first place — to post something or to reply to comments or to send a dm. I guess it's hard when social media is part of your job because the platforms are work and entertainment simultaneously. 

Qual é o maior desafio na sua carreira musical?

Definitivamente, a criação de conteúdo. Acredito que passar tanto tempo online é realmente prejudicial para o artista, e é algo que ainda é muito difícil para mim. Ainda estou tentando encontrar aquele equilíbrio saudável entre passar tempo trabalhando nas redes sociais e passar tempo offline trabalhando na minha música, sem distrações. É tão fácil ser sugada pela aba infindável do feed e esquecer por que você abriu o aplicativo em primeiro lugar — para postar algo, responder a comentários ou enviar um DM. Acho que é difícil quando as redes sociais fazem parte do seu trabalho, porque as plataformas acabam sendo trabalho e entretenimento ao mesmo tempo.

What are your immediate music goals?

I am currently working on new music... so I am obviously super excited about that! However, my goals also involve writing more for other artists and starting to play live shows featuring my original music. Oh, meeting more of my fans in person too. This is the coolest and most gratifying thing on earth. 

Quais são os objetivos na música a curto prazo?

Atualmente estou trabalhando em novas músicas... então estou obviamente super animada com isso! No entanto, meus objetivos também envolvem escrever mais para outros artistas e começar a fazer shows ao vivo com minhas músicas autorais. Ah, conhecer mais fãs pessoalmente também. Esta é a coisa mais legal e gratificante do mundo!


Those are great goals. Can't wait to hear that new music!  

As always, I want to thank Chella 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,  Spotify, and YouTube to make sure you don't miss a thing. 

Thanks again Chella, and good luck reaching your goals!

Friday, February 23, 2024

New Music From: Audrey Pearl, Cece Benz, Milani Rivers, and Effy Marella

"A Time Like This" - by Audrey Pearl

Release Date: February 23, 2024

What You Should Know: "
A Time Like This started as one line frantically typed in my notes app on a walk through the woods behind my childhood house about a year ago and became one of my favorite things I’ve ever worked on.

This song wouldn’t be what it is without the incredible production by @_alejandro._.xd_ and mix and master by @petrinjason.

I’m so grateful for @aviiipearl’s beautiful work on the cover art and @_keyframed_ ‘s willingness to put pantyhose over her camera and stand out in the freezing cold to get the perfect photos.

okay that’s it now go stream!!"

Find It: Everywhere, like Apple and Spotify

Previous Noteworthy Releases: "The Motions"

Previously on Section 36: "Audrey Pearl Visits Section 36 Music!"


"End Us" - by Cece Benz

Release Date: February 23, 2024

What You Should Know: "I’ve intentionally never posted any clips of this song on my social media (other than promo of course) because the week after I wrote it, I recorded it in the studio. I love sharing my songs with the world and never posting a clip of this one was challenging, but it makes this moment so much more special. I hope you listen and you love what you hear, and if you’ve ever had an ex's mom apologize on their behalf - let’s bond over it lol."

Find It: Everywhere, like Apple or Spotify

Previous Noteworthy Releases: "Growing Pains"

Previously on Section 36: "Cece Benz Visits Section 36 Music!"


"In Vain" - by Milani Rivers

Release Date: February 22, 2024

What You Should Know: This song should be added to your playlists as soon as possible.

Find It: Everywhere, like Apple or Spotify


"Bleachers" - by Effy Marella 

Release Date: February 23, 2024

What You Should Know: You need to listen to this song now!

Find It: 
Apple or Spotify

Previous Noteworthy Singles: "Shoes"

“Seats for Ghosts" by Delilah Brao


"Seats for Ghosts" - by Delilah Brao 

Release Date: February 9, 2024

Video Release: February 23, 2024

What You Should Know...

What do you want listeners to know about your new song, “Seats For Ghosts”?

“Seats For Ghosts” is about a Christmas gift, a set of antique college chairs, that my mom bought for my ex before we broke up. She never got to give him the gift and the chairs sat collecting dust in my basement. Every time I saw the chairs I imagined a version of us sitting in them - talking, laughing, arguing. It started to feel like the chairs were haunting me. So I wrote a song about it! 

What was your favorite part of the recording process?

I wasn’t sure that I wanted to include “Seats For Ghosts” on this project. I felt like writing about chairs in my basement wouldn’t be relatable enough. But in the end, plenty of people relate to other personal stories, and I really like the song so I decided to put it out. I’m grateful to all the people who made the song with me and encouraged me to see the song through because ultimately I think chairs in my basement can be emotional for everyone. 

What was it like creating the music video for the song?

The best part of this music video is that we essentially had to film it twice. We had to film all the projector scenes, then had to film all my scenes with the projections. It took quite a bit of time and planning to get everything right. I made the video with awesome friends (which is the key to having fun even when you’re taping a sheet to the ceiling for the 10th time in a day). Another highlight was putting the chairs in the ocean. We filmed that in the winter, it was incredibly cold. The outtakes from that are amazing. One day I’ll post them. 

Is there anything about the song/recording that you’re most proud of?

I love the prechoruses to this song. They feel so nostalgic. I feel like I’m 19 and dancing to “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” in a college frat bedroom feeling really cool with a manhattan in my hand. Speaking of the Beach Boys, there are a few somewhat hidden references to Beach Boy songs throughout the song. You should see if you can find them. 

What are you looking forward to next?

I’m so excited for everyone to watch the “Seats For Ghosts” music video and stream “Seats For Ghosts” wherever they stream music. If you want to follow along to see what’s next you should follow my Instagram and TikTok! 

Find It: Everywhere, like  Apple or Spotify

Previously on Section 36: "Delilah Brao Visits Section 36 Music!"