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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Addy C

Addy C is only 7-years-old but she’s got the moves and the voice of someone who is poised to go into the entertainment industry later on in life. For now, Addy C, whose given name is Adelynn Cuevas, calls Atlanta, Georgia home, where she sings, dances and plays piano. In addition to performing music, Addy C has already participated in natural beauty pageants and won several titles.

When Addy C goes to karaoke nights in Canton and Woodstock, Georgia, audiences love her. She has gained a following of fans. So, from that, it made sense to share her musical gifts online via YouTube.

If you remember Selena, you might remember a song of hers called “Como La Flor.” Addy C covers it on her YouTube channel. She’s a big fan of Selena’s style and music.
So, it’s good to know Selena’s music also lives on thanks to young singers today like Addy C, who cover her songs like “Como La Flor,” and share them online.
You can checkout Addy C on youtube at
She is on twitter @Adelynncuevas

Addy is working on an original song in Spanish that sure to be a hit. Its a fusion of Latin pop, rock, tropical. Watch out for it in the next 6 months.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

INTERVIEW: Sarah Schonert

Take classical-style piano with a flare for theatrics, blend in ambient electronics and a playful, yet thoughtful voice fed through the fluidity of the vocoder and you've got the music of Sarah Schonert. Her latest album, her fourth, spans subject matter from the simplicity of mundane daily activities to more ethereal matters. I spoke to her about her writing process, how she blends the organic and synthetic and how working on her album, My Unwinding State brings her peace.

Hi Sarah, thank you so much for talking with us today. Congratulations on the new album! 


The songs on My Unwinding State seem to be focussed on finding moments of peace in your day to day life. What brings you peace?

Music and art, whether alone or through collaboration, are my safe haven. I work full time, and I need to break away from the numbers and the meetings to be myself. Granted music has grown beyond a hobby for me, the piano bench is still my sanctuary. Chocolate helps too.

Has music always played an important part in your life?

Yes; I've been playing piano since I was eight or nine-years-old then started the oboe not too long after. Around the same time, I was also starting into local musical theater and finding my voice. I took a bit of a break during college, though I still kept practicing. After college, I ramped back into the music scene. I've been performing musically and theatrically for most of my life.

Do you come from a musical family?

Yes and no. While my parents didn't really play a whole lot in the way of instruments, they always encouraged a lot of singing early on and supported us in any instrument we wanted to play. My brother and I both played piano and then were in band throughout school. Band was a huge part of our musical and social lives until we graduated high school. My grandmother also had a lot to do with my musical interests. She was an amazing singer and pianist, and she taught me respect for the instrument at a very young age.

The organic piano and the other synthetic elements blend seamlessly on the album. Was it difficult to combine the two?

Not necessarily difficult because I use an organic touch on the digital sounds. I use a weighted keyboard and pedal to make the electronic vsts feel more natural. So I play them as expressively as I would a piano, and the MIDI records the variations in key strikes. Mixed appropriately, they fall into place nicely alongside the traditional instruments. I also record on the Seaboard, which is the best of both worlds. At the end of the day, I want people to not be sure what instruments were real and what were synthetic.

The vocoder is featured in several of the songs. It's a less brash, more tasteful use of the effect than most of us are used to in popular music. What drew you to the vocoder?

I turned toward it after hearing Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" and then reading a lot about vocoding and other effects. In order to get the most out of vocoders, it really helps to understand how they work. Then you can find a much more musical application than the "robot" voice. In most cases, I'm playing a synthesizer on the same notes as the piano line or chords to use as the carrier then using my voice as a modulator. With vocoder plug-ins, you can manipulate much more than just a standard keyboard synth or a sawtooth wave. In WaterWings, I took the keyboard line and applied a delayed arp to get the effect of electronic ripples traveling upward on the sung "ahs."

'Experienne' is a beautiful ambient piece. What inspired you to write it? Do you have any favourite performers in that style?

This one was born out of the same techniques that I had used on two recent EPs. In "The Kees Files" I had teamed up with Roofhare to create a collection of presets in some highly malleable vst plugins which I then could control via my keyboard. For much of "Because", I was taking improvised piano and layering and building with various synths. The song itself is supposed to feel a bit like traveling through a fantasy landscape. For similar artists, I really enjoy Air and Isotherme as well as the Final Fantasy scores of Nobuo Uematsu.

What singers do you look to for inspiration?

For singing, I tend to be drawn toward unique or even theatrical voices that carry emotion really well, such as David Bowie, Kate Bush, Art Garfunkel, and Carly Simon.

At what part of the day do you find writing to come most naturally?

For lyrics, it's not so much the time as it is the place and that I'm alone, which is usually when I'm in my car. Of course, I can't write anything down until I am parked, but I have time to think. For piano, mornings tend to be the best; that's when my ears are fresh.

With degrees in physics and engineering, do you have any plans to do an album inspired by your scientific experience? It wouldn't be the weirdest thing. Gustav Holtz did The Planets suite...

I certainly wouldn't dismiss that idea; it could be a really cool concept EP. But it's not something I am currently cooking up.

What's up next for you?

I'm currently on a mission to find small venues around Central Illinois that welcome my style of music. I'm also working on a couple of instrumental EPs, including another "Because" collection as well as a piano improvisation collection built around the ideas and images of the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

Adele accidentally kisses fan onstage

Adele gave a fan a priceless souvenir at her concert on Thursday (21Jul16) by accidentally kissing him while on stage.

The Hello hitmaker brought her Adele Live 2016 tour to Vancouver, Canada, where she invited a 21-year-old fan, identified as "Wizzy" on Twitter, to the stage at Rogers Arena.

He told his idol he had come all the way from his native Nigeria for the show, and, clearly moved by his dedication, Adele went in to give him a hug. However, as he was readying his phone to snap a selfie, he turned his head just as the star leaned in to kiss his cheek, and she ended up landing on his lips instead.

While the fan was ecstatic about the slip up and began jumping up and down, the British singer immediately acknowledged the kiss and jokingly told the crowd, "Thank God my man ain't here (sic)!," referring to her longtime beau Simon Konecki.

"Oh my God, I haven't been kissed by another man in like six years!" she added. "He just snogged (kissed) me!"

The pair then went on to take a proper selfie, which Wizzy posted on Twitter.

"Adele has hit the stage! And here I am with her! Who gon (sic) check me boo," he wrote in the caption.

Adele and Simon, who share three-year-old son Angelo together, have been dating since 2011 - the last time she embarked on a world tour.

The Grammy winner kicked off the current trek in Belfast, Northern Ireland in late February (16), and toured throughout Europe, where Simon was seen joining his girlfriend in various cities.

He reportedly decided to stay home in their native England instead of join Adele for the North American leg due to his work with charity Drop4Drop, although he plans to fly out for certain stops along the way, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

The Adele Live 2016 tour includes a total of 105 concerts across 18 countries, and she will wrap up the extensive trek in Mexico in November (16).