Stacy, MJ, and YY of MAAM join the Alchemicast to talk about how they’re faring during the pandemic even as the world begins to adjust to the new (ab)normal, and how the band’s debut launched right at the start of the shut down. The band continues to produce music by songwriting and sharing ideas remotely before minimal but highly focused studio time. The band discusses how their core as four Moms (and a Man) is such a central part of the band’s objective to highlight that women’s voices matter, and that music as a creative outlet helps to bring some focus on their individuality rather than just as women with families and jobs to manage.
Featured Song “Better” by MAAM
Hosted by Andy Reed
Produced by Daniel Warren Hill
Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Daniel Warren Hill
Intro/Outro Music: “Dreaming” by YellowTieGuy
(Hill/Schmitt. Endurance Match. ASCAP. 2016)
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Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 7:00 PM EDT
When Jamie Darken first began writing the songs that would appear on his debut solo EP, Burial, he imagined he was crafting demos for Cherry Ames, a local Washington DC area indie-rock band that Darken performs as vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. With Cherry Ames on hiatus amidst the global shutdown and performing in venues unavailable as an option, Darken’s drive to make progress with the ideas on his own eventually brought the tracks to the place where it simply felt right to release as his own project. The result is five songs written, produced, and performed by Darken, with the exception of leading single “This Could Be Your Home” co-written with fellow DC area musician Christopher Mathews-Larsen.
Wild Idol is a pandemic formed electric pop/soul duo made up of producer Nathan Ellman-Bell (drummer for Brass Against) and award winning vocalist Nora Palka. They are also in love. Although they currently live in Brooklyn, Nora is originally from the DMV and Nathan started his career in Baltimore.