If you’re looking to add new music to your playlist soul-pop singer Seint Monet dropped her debut EP that will become your new obsession. The six-track EP Bloom introduces an artist who pushes the boundary of music reinventing it in her own way. We caught up with Seint Monet to discuss the process and release of the EP.
Beyond The Stage: Your recent singles have had a lot of success, how had that felt?
Seint Monet: Thank you! It’s a great feeling. Something I’m still learning as an artist is to celebrate the little milestones, like reaching 20,000 streams on a song. I’m the type of artist who always wants to be improving and rising, which isn’t necessarily a bad trait, but I also think it’s good to celebrate what I’ve already done.
BTS: What was the process like for you creating the EP?
SM: A year ago, my manager Matt and I had thrown around the idea of releasing an EP, but it wasn’t until this past February that the process really began. Matt and I hosted a writing retreat at the Jersey Shore to write for the Seint Monet project. It was a huge success; four out of the six songs on the “Bloom” EP were written at this retreat. At the beginning of March, right before everything shut down, Matt and I went out to LA to record “32 Degrees” and “What Does It Mean” with a producer named Mike Malchicoff, who has worked with the likes of King Princess, Troye Sivan, and Kanye West. It was an unreal experience simply because of how talented and knowledgeable Mike is. I learned a lot from him in the five days we were there, and it set me up to record the rest of the EP. Once I was back in Nashville after the quarantine, Johnluke Lewis and I went into the studio for four days and finished the other four songs. He already had some insane ideas for each song that made recording them pretty easy.
BTS: Where did you find inspiration for the EP?
SM: I think that the retreat we hosted really helped inspire us. We were so immersed in creating new music, not to mention the beautiful environment around us, it was pretty easy to feel inspired.
BTS: Did it take long to write and record?
SM: It feels like it took awhile to record because the process began in February, but quarantine took away so much time from us that realistically, this EP was written and recorded in about three months.
BTS: How was it working with so many well known writers and producers?
SM: It was unreal knowing that these people saw something special in the Seint Monet project, enough to lend their talents to it. I’m grateful for the fact that these writers and producers were in it from the start; I feel like it takes artists a few EPs to start working with people they admire, so I feel extremely lucky.
BTS: How does it feel to have your first collective piece of work done?
SM: The “Bloom” EP has been a very long time coming. We actually ended up pushing back release about two months, which was for the best, but also very difficult. I was so ready to release this EP! It’s surreal that it’s finally out. Obviously leading up to release, it’s easy to get worried about how people will respond, how many streams it will get, etc…but as soon as it was out, I just felt so happy. I never thought I’d be this proud of my first public work of music. It makes me that much more ecstatic to keep releasing.
BTS: Each song is different which makes who you are as an artist and your music unique, was that always the goal?
SM: Absolutely. This EP was based around the idea of abandoning genre. I’ve always loved challenging myself when it comes to my writing styles. As an artist, I want to constantly change my style and experiment with my music. I know my sound well enough to be able to do this while keeping everything cohesive. Even now, as I’m writing for my next release, the songs are completely different than anything on the EP. It excites me to test my versatility.
BTS: What’s next for you?
SM: There is so much more planned. Merch, visuals, music videos, giveaways, etc. This is just the beginning!
You can listen to Seint Monet’s Bloom on all streaming platforms now.