How this rising R&B star wrote a summer anthem about knowing your worth…
Baelondra isan R&B artist from Broward County, Florida. Hersleek and sultry sound is inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Tinashe, Mac Miller and Anderson Paak.
Here’s the story of how she penned her latest single, the feel-good summer hit “Too Good.”
When I first heard the beat for “Too Good,” I knew I had to make a song to it.
The beat is catchy, danceable, and overall has a feel-good vibe to it. I thought it would be a great fit for the upcoming summer, so I jumped straight into it.
Writing to it came pretty easily. Usually, when I write to beats I’ll hum out or vocalize the melody or some harmonies and then from there, I’ll start writing lyrics based on the flow of the song I create.
How Bel overcame her biggest fears while crafting her intimate indie rock debut EP.
Bel is the project of Philadelphia singer-songwriter Isabel Furman.
Her debut EP Medicine showcases her intimate, lo-fi guitar pop, heavily influenced by the rock and folk of Lucy Dacus, Joni Mitchell, Haley Heynderickx, Snail Mail, and more. This is the story of how she wrote it.
I never thought my songs would leave my bedroom.
I take comfort in bedrooms; most of my songs deal with dynamics of intimacy, so I use these rooms as access points for that vulnerability.
I wrote my first song as a tween, huddled in my twin bed, pen in teeth, one early Saturday morning. That’s how I’ve written most songs since.
My bedrooms have changed shape and space over the years, from bigger beds to dorm rooms to my first apartment in Philadelphia. But they remain sacred places of creativity for me, where I feel like my real artist and human self is housed.
My first EP, Medicine, was released in January 2020. It too is an ode to bedrooms. I recorded it as a senior in college on the floor of a close friend’s dorm, sitting amongst his sneakers with my back against the mattress.
A chat with the Miami band making ‘post-punk with a sense of humor’…
Post-punk is alive and thriving in Miami. ⭐️
Meet Adult Programming – the shimmering project of singer-songwriter AJ Ruiz. With their punchy tunes and dramatic aesthetic, AP is captivating the local scene and promising lots of thrills at their gigs.
Their glittery punk sound and image are odes to the romanticism, melancholy, and camp of vintage pop – everything from the moody goth of the Sisters of Mercy to the absurdist synthpop of DEVO.
And it’s a delight to witness.
We got the pleasure to chat with Ruiz to on his creative process and eclectic sound, as well as the Miami music scene and his colorful debut singles.
A deep dive into the young Miami band’s journey so far…
In a city as flamboyant as Miami, a band like Womanhouse are a dark, but much-welcome surprise.
Made up of singer Emily Afre, bassist Carlo Barbacci, drummer Björn Roland, and guitarists Andrés Nuñez and Steve Montoya, the young band of friends, which formed last year, has been making a name for themselves in the local music scene, playing everywhere from open mic nights to bars and house shows.
A band willing to point fingers at any cracks in the narrative…
I couldn’t imagine living in 1992.
It was the year Bill Clinton took office, Hurricane Andrew devastated Miami, and Aladdin was released. It was also a time when Nirvana, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Vanilla Ice, and Rage Against the Machine existed in the same musical sphere.
Kinda weird, right? Franz Ferdinand also got assassinated that year — Feel old yet? #90skids.