Here comes our next eclectic, yet unique and distinct singer/songwriter: Angelala. Originally from Flint, MI, Angelala is currently based in New York City where she curated and collabed with some big names, such as Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Todd Terry. Angelala’s sound is definitely diverse, creating a technological atmosphere you can’t help but allow your body to move along to (we truly couldn’t help but dance along to her music). Angelala’s music is definitely giving us some 90’s house vibes we haven’t heard in quite some time, but this is the kind of throwback that came just at the right time.
Angelala’s single “Change” was released in late 2018, and it’s one of those songs you really resonate with. “Change” envelopes a variety of sounds, ultimately pairing techno synths accompanied by sultry and lustrous vocals. This artists vocals in “Change” is what truly made the song stand out to us—she maintains such an enticing intonation throughout the entirety of the song, which is probably why this song was kept on repeat for a while. A combination of the foundational house sound we’re all familiar with, and the unique melody of Angelala makes for a song you definitely want to add to your playlist.
Check out "Change" now on Spotify, and don't miss out on Angelala's interview below!
Introduce yourselves to our readers! What made you want to become a singer/songwriter?
My name is Angelala and I’m an American singer/songwriter originally from Flint, MI, now in NYC. I’ve been writing poetry since high school, but didn’t start incorporating it into music until about 5 years ago. I’ve always loved to sing so joining my love for writing and singing together felt natural.
Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
Growing up in Flint, MI, my mother listened to Soul and Funk from artists such as Marvin Gaye and Chaka Khan. My father listened to Rock especially Led Zepplin, Heart and Pink Floyd. Keeping true to the opposite spectrums I was also heavily influenced by 90s R&B and Grunge. After going to a Detroit rave, I started listening to Techno. After going to what is now the Miami Music Week, I started listening to House Music. I loved Chicago House and would visit often. My songwriting is inspired by the vulnerability and sultry sounds of Fiona Apple and the edginess of Bjork.
Where did the inspiration come from when creating “Change”?
‘Change’ was inspired by a break up I was going through. I was sooo done. I think everyone can relate to that moment. The original is with Detroit DJ/Producer DTCHPLNES. Grammy nominated DJ/Producer Todd Terry made a House remix. Both out on Inhouse Records. DJ/Producer Alexander Technique made a Techno remix which is out on Terminator Records.
What can your fans except from you in your new music?
Because of all the different types of music I listened to while growing up, you’re going to hear a little bit of everything in mine. I always try to tell a story with my songwriting. I love it when people tell me it felt like I was writing about their situation.
What are some of your major plans for 2019?
I’m working on several songs now. All with a heavy dance influence. 2 with producers in Europe. I perform a lot in NYC, but am looking forward to performing over seas.
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