‘’Barcelona’’ is a moving single that captures the essence of Maddy Seitles. When you combine talent and hard work, you have a prosperous career that can take you everywhere.
A letter to her 16-year-old self, "Barcelona" is one of those songs that musicians make for themselves. It ends up being relatable to a lot of people. Maddy Seitles hopes to inspire others and touch people's hearts with her good lyrics and charming voice.
Maddy Seitles has achieved significant situations like the Madison Square Garden and The Apollo Theater after years of pursuing various musical studies, and she is only 22 years old. She moved to New York to continue pursuing her musical career, and ever since she did, jazz and R&B have been her biggest sources of inspiration.
"Barcelona," created by Keith Hetrick, who also worked on JLO's "Marry Me," has come to be known as Maddy Seitles' hallmark tune. She desires to share her tale with everyone by singing this song to them. A heartfelt song that Maddy, then 16, would be pleased with.
The song "Barcelona" captures the sense of liberation that comes with falling in love with a location that is distant from home. A momentary sense of tranquility before returning to reality. Many people have this sentiment about various locations; in Maddy's case, Barcelona impacted her life.
A piano and quiet drums are all that is needed for the song. The emotion that Maddy is attempting to convey is what matters: a feeling of tranquility, liberation, and nostalgia. Think of the location you want to return to while closing your eyes and listening to this powerful hit.
A warm welcome to BuzzMusic Maddy, and congratulations on your latest release, "Barcelona." What made you fall in love with Barcelona?
When I was 16, I spent a summer living in Barcelona and working on my Spanish. I’m fluent now, and that city has a special place in my heart. It’s so beautiful and old, and I love the people and culture there.
What other parts of your life inspired “Barcelona,” apart from your time in the lovely city?
I think the song's story is a coming-of-age story above all else. It’s about learning just how big the world is while simultaneously having that 16-year-old mindset of thinking you know everything there is to know about life already. It’s also about looking back and realizing that you didn’t have all the answers then, and you probably never will, but how wonderful it is to live your life and figure out as much as possible on the way! I’m only 22, but it’s exciting to look back on the different chapters of my life, and I think many people can relate to that feeling of evolving and changing as you get older.
Is there any other place that has captured the essence of "Barcelona?" Why?
I wouldn’t say there’s another place, but I think it can be interpreted differently for everyone. Any place that makes you happy, or brings up memories from a particular season of your life that you loved, is your “Barcelona.” It might be Barcelona for me, but I’m sure it would be somewhere completely different for someone else, and I love that! It’s not about the city but the feeling it invokes in the listener. That’s one of my favorite parts of songwriting, and it can mean something entirely different to someone else. As long as it resonates with you, I’ve done my job and am happy.
Where else in the world would you like to explore? Why?
It’s really important to me to travel and see as many different parts of the world as I can, so I want to take the time to see it all, whether through touring or just traveling for fun! There are so many countries to visit, and I think it’s really important to be able to experience other cultures and ways of life, not just the ones that we’ve grown up used to. I have a lot of listeners in Sweden and the UK, so I’d love to make it over there and meet them!
What message would you like people to take away from "Barcelona?"
I originally wrote “Barcelona” as a letter to my 16-year-old self! I was living there for the summer when I was that age, so, believe it or not, a lot of the little pieces of stories in the song are true. After I finished it and it started to come to life, I found that people who heard it related to it in many different ways. I hope my song reaches as many people as possible and gives them an escape – whether it’s to Barcelona or any place where they feel most carefree. I think everyone’s journey is different, of course, but our emotional connection to certain places that make us feel things is universal. I hope my music transports people somewhere personal and emotionally resonant for them specifically. I think my goal with my art is to make people feel something.
What's next for you?
I’m moving to Madrid in a few weeks to teach English in an elementary school! While there, I plan on playing a ton of music in Spain and, of course, writing more songs. When I get back, I have plans to move to New York City.