First of all, I wanted to share a major congratulations to ethereal producer and artist, Kate Brunotts for catching the attention of Grimes, who is a major influence on Kate’s work. It is so cool to see a DMV friend (now New York resident) grow as an artist, especially one you have been following for a long time!
“The economy is lying, children are dying, sickness consumed all of my plans, do you want to dance?” Right off the bat with this track, Kate illustrates the state of the world. This is one of those songs that are super catchy beat wise, but if you pay close attention to the lyrics, you will know that this is more than just a song to dance to. For those of you that may not know, I study environmental sustainability studies and work in live event sustainability, so this song is obviously on my playlist. My favorite lyric is “In this political climate, it’s too hot to take a stance, do you want to dance?” She is absolutely correct. With climate change, it is quite literally too hot!
Kate’s message to the audience is: “In times like these, simply choosing to keep moving feels like a great act of rebellion.” “Do you want to dance?” not only wants to ‘make your feet throw a fit,’ but keep moving in spite of all the chaos going on in this broken world. FFO Grimes, yeule, Sega Bodega, and Marilyn Hucek.
Maura Marcellino is studying business and environmental sustainability at George Mason University. When she is not studying, Maura enjoys listening to music and spending time with friends and family.
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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