ARTIST NAME: Angela Sclafani

 

SONG TITLE: Make A Monster

 

ALBUM TITLE: History

 

RELEASE DATE: 4/24/2020

 

GENRE: Indie Pop, Alt-Pop, Adult Contemporary

 

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Angela Sclafani is a New York City-based singer-songwriter. Her work has been performed in venues such as The Beacon Theater, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 54 Below, Ars Nova, and Rockwood Music Hall.

 

She has independently released two EP’s, Your Ghost and Blossom. Her new EP History will be out on May 22nd. Last year, her original song, Your Ghost, received first place in the Great American Song Contest’s Adult Contemporary category and was praised by judges for its “engagingly original lyrical story, inventively appealing imagery and smartly crafted melodic design.” Angela has developed work at the Château de La Napoule International Artist Residency, the National Theater Institute, and The Orchard Project.

 

Her song cycle, Passion Project, premiered in NYC last September and featured Broadway stars as well as an all-female eight-piece band.

 

Additionally, she wrote, co-produced, and starred in her original Zelda Fitzgerald musical, The Other Side of Paradise, which premiered in Ars Nova’s 2017 ANT Fest. Angela is a 2019 Fred Ebb Award Winner and a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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Tell us about your history. 

I came into music as a singer and then started writing songs at 9 years old.

 

I studied Drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts but wrote music independently throughout college.

 

After I graduated, I started playing music at local NYC venues. My first EP was recorded at Converse Rubbertracks Studio in Williamsburg – I applied for free recording space and was granted a whole day in a professional studio with an incredible engineer. My friends came together and helped me record three tracks live. I knew that I wanted to record again as soon as possible after that day.

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Describe yourself as an artist. 

I’m a melody and lyric focused singer-songwriter. I write music that is meant to feature the vocalist.

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Tell us the genre of your music. 

I think I cross a few genres and I’m constantly growing my sound.

 

My biggest influences have been Fiona Apple, Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Dolly Parton, Regina Spektor, and Norah Jones.

 

Right now, I’ve been describing my genre as Alt-pop, Indie Pop, and Adult Contemporary.

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Tell us the story behind your song. 

The song was written a few years ago after my first big breakup. I was creating an enemy in my head as a coping mechanism to get over the person. I knew that it was unhealthy but it’s the sort of desperate depression that people often spiral into when losing a great love.

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Tell us the problems you are facing as a musician/artist. 

I don’t know how to have my music heard by more people. It’s tough to get noticed in such a saturated industry. Also, I don’t know that crossing genres helps when you’re an unknown artist – it’s harder to make it onto certain playlists.

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Discuss the recording and production of the song. 

I recorded the song with Katie Buchanan at her home studio. We built the songs together, but Katie played all the instruments and produced the track.

 

I provided some reference songs beforehand and Katie was really open to my ideas.

 

She’s the first female producer that I’ve worked with and it was an incredible experience. I really want to work with more women on that side of the music industry.

 

The EP was mastered by Sarah Register. I’m excited to recommend her to other people.

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List the names of blogs, radio, or television stations that have supported you so far. 

We Are: The Guard (Top Ten Indie Songs this Week & Weekly Chart)

 

Velvet Independent (What’s Good this Week)

 

For the Love of Bands (Female Fronted Fabulousness & New Indie Music)

 

NeverEnoughMusic.com (Best new indie music- undiscovered)

 

Profi Music (Discover Music- Woman’s World)

 

The Backstage Club (Favorite Tracks Monday)

 

Indie Music Women

 

When Indie Takes Over the World (Vandalye Playlist)

 

Women of Substance Music Podcast

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Elaborate on your music career, experience, and future goals. 

I’ve recorded three EP’s independently. I’ve also written a song cycle that is going to be recorded soon called Passion Project: Love Songs from Women to their Work.

 

I work in both music and theater and I’m often looking for ways to combine the two that will appeal to audiences of both worlds. I’d like to write a concept album that is theatrical in its storytelling but grounded in pop, rock, and folk sounds.

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Brief us what inspires you to write, compose, and sing/rap. 

Big emotions push me toward writing a song to capture the feeling of the moment. The more specific; the better.

 

Sometimes a line pops into my head and the whole song comes out in twenty minutes. It’s those freak moments that result in some of my best work.

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Brief us the top-secret behind making a hit song. 

Don’t force it. Listen to different artists and a variety of genres and think about what makes the song infectious. I think certain albums can be masterclasses in songwriting.

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Tell the advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

Music is very subjective, and people are very opinionated about what they like to listen to and what moves them.

 

When I first put out a song or an EP, I’m careful about how much feedback I ask for. Sometimes you aren’t ready for feedback, you just want to focus on getting the song heard. There’s nothing you can do to change the track at that point so that kind of advice is not always helpful. It’s okay to tell family and friends that you don’t want their feedback yet unless it’s supportive.

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Discuss at length your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have received.

I’ve recorded three EP’s independently. My song “Your Ghost” won first place in the 2019 Great American Song Contest’s Adult Contemporary Category. The judges praised it for it’s “engagingly original lyrical story, inventively appealing imagery and smartly crafted melodic design.” I won the 2019 Fred Ebb Award & Grant.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing, and record in the studio.

I write by singing improvised melodic and lyrical phrases. Once a line clicks, I riff off that line. I keep what feels good rhythmically.

 

In the studio I only record my own vocals – I love working with a producer who can give helpful notes to get the best take to tell the story of the song.

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Name your favourite artists for collaboration. 

Katie Buchanan (producer), Matt Stillo (engineer), and Gabe Merizalde (singer-songwriter).

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Share your press release and reviews with us. 

Velvet

 

We Are The Guard

 

Angela Sclafani is back on the scene with a brand new single, Make A Monster.

 

A brand-new song with a focus on captivating melodies and dazzling lyrics that will resonate with the audience.

 

Angela Sclafani is back on the scene with an exciting new song titled “Make A Monster.” This beautiful track combines the fresh energy of pop with the grit of rock, and pretty much everything in between.

 

The song has an amazing production tone, which enhances the listening experience, as well as highlighting the natural perks of Angela’s stunning vocals. The low end is punchy and direct, while the top end is silky and smooth, allowing the sound to shine, even when listening to it on tiny laptop speakers! Whether you enjoy this production on your best headphones or on a smaller system, you will have the chance to enjoy a world-class sound that fuels the appeal of this release.

 

With stunning melodic layers and edgy vocal hooks, Angela will capture your imagination and fill your head with tuneful music that will certainly make its way through your favorite heavy rotation playlist.

 

Angela Sclafani is a New York City-based singer-songwriter. She has independently released two EP’s, YOUR GHOST and BLOSSOM. Angela’s music combines confessional lyrics with passionate and emotional vocals, often echoing the work of singers like Regina Spektor, Vanessa Carlton, and Norah Jones. This year, her original song, Your Ghost, received first place in the Great American Song Contest’s Adult Contemporary category and was praised by judges for its “engagingly original lyrical story, inventively appealing imagery and smartly crafted melodic design.”

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars. 

Right now, I’d save USPS, pay rent for as many New Yorkers as possible, donate to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s reelection campaign, start a funeral fund for New Yorkers who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19, donate funds to planned parenthood, donate funds to domestic violence organizations, and start a mental health initiative for uninsured New Yorkers to receive free counseling services remotely. And I’d record a whole album!

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Discuss music promotion and how you are boosting your fan base. 

Right now, Spotify playlists are how many newer artists get discovered. It’s tough to crack Spotify’s algorithms but getting onto as many playlists as possible is important. There are many ways to self submit- it just takes a little time and patience.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career. 

Coffee! Also, the busier I am, the more I get done. If I have an authentic creative spark where a melody pops into my head, I follow it no matter what, even if it’s only to record a voice memo and write a note on my phone.

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

It’s my name! I’m Italian-American. Both of my grandmothers are named Angela coincidentally.

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State the title of the song and the meaning. 

Make a Monster is from a lyric in the song. The whole song is about the creative ways that one’s brain can rewrite the narrative to fit the villain and victim story. All of it is part of the grieving process. In this case, I was self-aware but honoring what I needed to do to cope.

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title

The EP is called History, which is one of the songs on it. All these songs are about people and situations that are fully in the past, so it seemed appropriate. It all just becomes part of your own history.


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