Meet the soul-pop artist Seint Monet! TODAY, she released her debut single “Bloom.” This is soon to be followed up with her debut EP on September 25th. Check out the track HERE. It was written by Camden Mueller (Prince Fox), Mia Shelton, Miette Hope and Johnluke Lewis (LANY), who also produced it.
Seint Monet, aka Colleen O’Donnell, got her start performing classical piano at Carnegie Hall for the last 6 years.
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Learn more about Seint Monet in the following All Access interview:
Thank you for your time. So given these unusual Covid-19 times, what does a typical day look like for you? How have you adjusted to these times?
A typical day for me at the moment is a mix between cleaning and rearranging my apartment, and writing. Some days I’ll go out for coffee or just to get outside, but for the most part I’ve been trying to stay home. When everything with Covid first started, it was definitely hard to adjust since something like this has never happened before in my lifetime. I’ve gotten better at scheduling out my days so that I’m kept busy while also leaving time to focus on my well-being.
What has been the hardest/most challenging part about being quarantined? Is your city starting to open up more now?
Keeping a positive mindset. It’s easy to let the uncertainty of everything happening affect your mood and mental health. I think taking it one day at a time is the best thing you can do for yourself. Nashville is starting to open up, but still with very strict mask and social distancing rules. I’m now able to go out to coffee shops and sit inside at a social distance, which is great!
How have you been able to use social media during these unprecedented times? Are you finding that you use it even more now to stay connected to fans and other musicians?
I’ve always used social media, specifically Instagram, to connect with other musicians. It’s common in the music industry to have an online relationship with another musician or industry worker without ever having met them in real life. Social media has especially been great for introducing Seint Monet to the world and promoting my music. With that being said, I also make a point to limit my daily social media use since it’s so easy to spend hours on it.
What has it been like having to reschedule your spring, summer, and fall shows? What shows in 2021 are you already excited for?
It was obviously upsetting having to postpone any live shows, but it also gave me more time to focus on writing and planning out my future live shows to make them even better. At the moment, we do not have any set shows for 2021, but be on the lookout because we are in the process of booking!
Since we are all desperately missing live music, can you recall a favorite show of yours from the past? What do you think ultimately makes for a great show for you? What about a favorite show of someone else?
Every show I’ve ever been to has had a great impact on me, but I think the show that inspired me most was my first ever concert. It was Hillary Duff and I was around seven years old. I remember the exact way I felt when she walked out onto stage; it was the first time I realized that a live show is unlike anything else. I refused to sit down the entire time! I think what makes a great show for me and for anyone else is the feeling that the artist is connecting with you, whether you’re front row or nosebleed.
Let’s talk about your newest single “Bloom”. What was the inspiration for this track? How would you say that it compares to anything else you have worked on in the past? How does it prepare listeners for more music from you and your upcoming debut EP?
“Bloom” is about the beginning of a relationship and the uncertainty that oftens comes with it. Though it focuses on the blooming of a relationship, it also feels like a testament to the start of Seint Monet’s career. “Bloom” was written by Camden Mueller, Johnluke Lewis (who also produced it), Mia Shelton, and Miette Hope, back in February at a writing retreat we hosted at the Jersey Shore.
When it comes to the songs I’ve worked on in the past, “Bloom” was the first one that represented the sound and visuals I wanted as an artist. The songs on the upcoming EP all have their own unique sound while still being cohesive. “Bloom” contains a lot of elements of the other songs, which you’ll hear once the EP is released.
Do you have plans to make music videos for your new singles? What would your dream music video look like right now for “Bloom”?
There MAY be a few things in the works… All I’m going to say is be on the lookout in the upcoming weeks 🙂
How do you think future music is going to be influenced by this incredible and absolutely necessary Black Lives Matter movement that the US and even the world is going through right now? Is it inspiring you and your music today at all?
Despite the number of talented black artists out there, they are still widely underappreciated. There’s a lack of black creators being featured on playlists, in magazines, at award shows, and so forth. I think that this movement is really forcing people to start paying attention to the systemic racism that is still very prevalent in our country, and the world, today. Black artists and music have set the path for countless other artists, myself included. My biggest influences are black soul singers like Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. It’s important that myself and artists like me, who incorporate elements of soul into my music, give credit where credit is due.
If you could get into the studio with any artist today and collaborate on a new song for you, who would it be and why?
I would love to work with Anderson .Paak. I’m a huge fan of his music, and him in general. I think that if we got into the studio together, we could make something really cool.
Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers?
I’d just like to say thank you for taking the time to interview me! Opportunities like this mean the world to new artists. The team and I have been working tirelessly to create some insane sounds and graphics for Seint Monet, so please be on the lookout for those!!!