by The Alchemist
Casey Shirin (17) is a young artist torn between two worlds.
Her roots are still in New Zealand while she is growing up in a small town, far away from her beloved endless coasts on another continent. Only the future seems to know where she really belongs.
Only when the right, meaningful and honest lyrics come together with a truly unique musical expression this chemical reaction of creating real art stands a chance. With “Can’t Hold On” Casey Shirin releases a first sneak peak of such a special symbiosis into the wide world between anywhere and the beautiful coasts of her very own New Zealand. The song is produced by Quarterhead who worked for and with artists like Ofenbach, Zak Abel, Benjamin Ingrosso, The Black Eyed Peas, LUM!X and many more.
This song brings a ton of energy, and immediately makes you think of past loves, and reminisce on some of the best times in life. While the alluring synths in the background complement Casey’s vocals in the verse, the hook brings in some incredibly catchy lyrics to take the song to the next level. Check it out below.
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Flow-bending artist aSanTIS discusses art, culture, and whether sound can solve the world’s problems in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
My interview with Amy Santis aka aSanTIS began in the most unexpected way. The Maryland-based flow-bending artist and lyrical storyteller came prepared to engage in conversation around questions I had posed – and she also brought one or two of her own thoughtful prompts based on her curiosities around my view of learning.
This practice of taking in her surroundings deeply through observation and inquiry has come naturally to aSanTIS ever since she was a young child. In terms of her early starts in music, she notes that she began as a discerning listener. “Just listening to music from my mom, on the radio, just being a consumer in the world of sound. But I think mainly, my mom has always loved dancing and listening to music, so that was sort of like second nature. We play music at gatherings, we play music in the car, and these songs are sort of like diaries that take us into a specific place.”
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