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So Monica I understand you are originally from Puerto Rico, Do you remember much about home, and do you believe you have Caribbean influences in your music? 

Aside from my previous music being in Spanish and English, it generally did not delve too deeply into the Latin side. I think this track, and the record for that matter is a direct reference to reggaeton and the sounds we hear in the Caribbean. While I only spent my childhood in Puerto Rico, they were some of my happiest times and these are the sounds that echoed in my environment. 

Where do you find the inspiration for your retro Pop sound? 

The music I listen to incorporates warm analog synths and so generally I prefer more of a retro sound. 

So you graduated from two colleges, One of them being Berklee College of Music. I also went to school for recording. In my experience, it was great to get the additional knowledge, but when I arrived at school, I was already gifted in music. Was it a similar experience for you? 

I think while at Berklee what I really got out of that experience were the people that I met. They were instrumental in provoking inspiration and together we shared experiences that shaped me into who I am today. 

How did you develop the concept for these songs? 

I wanted to take an audio picture or to create a sonic representation of a memory. It is what happiness sounds like to me. This music is light and upbeat and reminds me of my childhood.  

Who produced the track? 

I produced, wrote, mixed, and mastered it. 

Will it be available worldwide? Yes

How would you describe the mood of this track? 

Upbeat, fun

Are you planning a tour in the close future? 

Depends on how the world is doing

Working with bands like Zigmat and Pacha Massive, what were some of the key things that brought you guys success?

I think creativity is the main thing that brought us together and a passion for sharing music with the world. 

So besides being the talented Monica Lionheart, what’s life like outside of music? 

Currently, I live in China and have enjoyed learning about Chinese culture, and traveling in Asia. I incorporated some traditional Chinese instruments such as the Pipa into the music, particularly in the track called "Sweet and Spicy" off the upcoming album Bodega Beat which will be released April 2, 2021. 





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Brooklyn-based electro-pop singer-songwriter, Monica Lionheart, will release her new album, Bodega Beat, on April 2, 2021. This album is the follow up to Lionheart’s successful Spanish/English album, Indian Summer, released on the Latin Alternative label, Nacional Records in 2012, which Pop Matters called “a compelling debut, one worthy of revisiting time and again.” As well as Monica’s 2nd solo record, Missed Connections. While her first album had a Latin alternative pop feel, listeners received something different with Missed Connections, which featured more upbeat, electronic-pop rock tracks. Produced by Steve Wall (Pearl and the Beard) with Dan Molad (of Lucius) and Ryan Alfred (of Calexico), Missed Connections featured hit singles like Run and Strangers, which Confront Magazine described as a "moody yet dreamy electronic-pop.”

After graduating from the Berklee College of Music and New York University on scholarships, Lionheart was the front woman for a number of successful bands before going solo. As the lead singer and principal songwriter of the explosive NYC electro- rock band, Zigmat, Lionheart was praised for her vocal agility by Billboard, who called her “the band’s secret weapon.” With Lionheart at the helm, Zigmat landed sync licensing deals, including a national commercial starring Gisele Bundchen. The band also toured much of Europe, garnering features on national Spanish radio as well as in Vanity Fair and Blender. Following Zigmat, Lionheart later joined Pacha Massive, a Latin alternative band, on Nacional Records who toured frequently, sharing the stage with artists like Morcheeba, Taio Cruz, Ozomatli, CafĂ© Tacvba, Los Amigos Invisibles among many others.

Being a solo artist since 2011, Lionheart continues to receive accolades for her music. Music videos for tracks from her Indian Summer album were added in to MTV and VH1 rotations and received features in Latina Magazine, Remezcla and Billboard Magazine. Bodega Beat is also getting rave reviews, including from Paste Magazine, who says the artist “brings a freshness to the electro-pop genre with her distinctive vocals that are both haunting and enchanting.” Be sure to check out Monica Lionheart’s new album, Bodedga Beat, out April 2, 2021 and her first single “Baila” out on March 26, 2021.

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