Colleen O’Donnell, professionally known as Seint Monet, released her debut single “Bloom” today so get ready to add it to your playlist of your next favorite artists because she is going to take over the pop music scene. We got to talk to this rising star about the inspiration for her debut single and it made us even more excited for her debut EP set to release September 25.
Beyond The Stage: How have you been during these crazy times?
Seint Monet: I’m doing well! Taking it one day at a time.
BTS: How did you get into music? Did you always know it was what you wanted to do?
SM: I’ve been in music practically my whole life. The catch is that up until my first semester of college, I had been studying classical music. I have always known that I want to pursue a career in music, but it wasn’t until about three years ago that I realized being an artist is what I really wanted to do.
BTS: What made you want to go by Seint Monet? What inspired the unique name?
SM: The name Seint Monet was inspired by Claude Monet, my favorite artist. His paintings also inspired the direction of my brand, as we use a lot of soft pastel colors. In terms of changing the “e” in Seint, we liked the way it looked with the “e” in Monet, and wanted the name to be instantly recognizable. The thought process behind releasing under an artist name was that we wanted to create a whole universe behind it, which is exactly what we’re doing. Seint Monet is a team that experiments with sound, vision, and brand.
BTS: What was the inspiration behind “Bloom”? (Out Now Here)
SM: “Bloom” is about the beginning of a relationship, how sometimes you have to abandon your worries and just go for it. As soon as it was written, I knew I wanted it to be the first release. Though it focuses on the blooming of a relationship, it also feels like a testament to the start of Seint Monet’s career.
BTS: How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn’t heard your single yet?
SM: I would say my music is overall pop, but with a variety of different influences. Since I was an instrumentalist before I was an artist, I’m very picky about the instruments that are on my songs, and how they fit in. Luckily, Johnluke Lewis, who produced “Bloom” as well as several other songs on the EP, brought in some amazing musicians who were able to incorporate soul and classical elements into the sound.
BTS: How does it feel to finally have your own piece of work out into the world?
SM: Surreal. I have been working towards this when I started writing songs, and the past year especially, my manager and I have put everything we have towards this project. When I first moved to Nashville, I was so eager to put out music because everyone around me was doing it, but looking back, I’m so glad I waited instead of releasing something I didn’t fully believe in. The music I’m making and releasing now feels more like Seint Monet than ever.
BTS: Would you want to film an at-home music video for “Bloom”?
SM: I am in the process of creating a visual for “Bloom”. Stay tuned!!
BTS: What’s the main thing you want to go out and do once this pandemic is fully safe and controlled?
SM: Before the pandemic started, I had a few trips planned to LA for work. It was a bummer that I had to cancel them. Once things start going back to normal, I’m heading straight to LA and booking several sessions a day!!!