My first solo EP, "Maria, Immured," is available on all music platforms now!
The past 6 weeks have been so rewarding, and I wanted to recap / thank everyone involved in the release rollout.
The release kicked off with a very special release party / music video screening on September 26, 2018 co-hosted by me and the risk-taking femme/LGBTQ+ focused production company Experimental Bitch Presents, at the historic women's theatre WOW Cafe Theatre, with an opening performance by the all-female spoken word collective Building Bold. 50% of door proceeds from the event were donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The fist song, "Complacent," was released on October 1, 2018--the first day of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month--along with the first mini-music video, which premiered on Audiofemme. You can read the premiere and interview here.
The second song, "Open Wounds," was released on October 17, 2018, along with the second mini-music video, which Femislay was kind enough share. On October 23, 2018, I released an intimate live session video of me and Ryan McShea performing "Open Wounds," which you can watch here.
On October 20, 2018, I was honored to play an all-female Sofar Sounds show for the first birthday of the female-empowerment hive-mind Cat Call to honor women and celebrate survivors of domestic abuse.
The third and final song, "Extra Key," was released on October 30, 2018, along with the third mini-music video (thanks again to Femislay for sharing), and on November 1, 2018, the full-length music video for "Extra Key" premiered on B-Sides And Badlands, which you can read and view here.
Finally, the bad-ass, femme-focused music blog, Femme Riot sat down with me for a deep-diving interview about the project, being a woman in the music industry, and mental health. You can read the full interview here.
Now for some thank you's!
Thank you to my dear friend, Maria De Dios, for allowing me to tell her story, and for being my muse. Also, thank you to her extremely talented brother, Carlo De Dios, for creating my amazing cover art.
Thank you to everyone involved in the making of the music, especially co-writer/guitarist - Ryan McShea, co-writer - Sabrina Reitman, and co-writer/producer - Lea Serres.
Thank you to Hearin Ko, the director of all of the videos. And thank you to the rest of the video crew, especially Director of Photography - Bella Tan, Producer - Edouard Fan, Artistic Director - Clara Cheung, Key Grip - Isaac Ogle and his killer lighting team, Choreographer - Matty Mahoski, and Leading Lady - Carly Jurman for all of their hard work.
Thank you to Lucy Van Ellis for my beautiful press photos.
Thank you to Jake Lanier and Lucky Bird Media for a wonderfully successful and thoughtful press campaign, and to all of the press outlets above for believing in the project and spreading the word about domestic abuse.
Thank you to Wednesday Sue Derrico and Experimental Bitch Presents, WOW Cafe Theatre, Building Bold, Sir Real on lights, Giovanni Stockton-Rossini on sound, everyone else involved in the EP release event, and everyone that came out to support.
Thank you to my partner, Adam Yefet, for supporting me through the constant "making-of" that is my life.
Thank you everyone that listened to the music, watched the videos, and supported the project. I love and appreciate you all!
NOW GO LISTEN TO THE EP AND WATCH THE ACCOMPANYING MUSIC VIDEOS ON REPEAT!