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Music Tea w/ Singer/Songwriter Megan Burtt

Talented. Gorgeous. Strong.

Those are just a few of the words that Philly Mixtape can come up with to describe not only just the music of lovely singer/songwriter Megan Burtt, but also use them to describe the up-and-coming flame-haired chanteuse herself. 

Currently, the Colorado native and Berklee graduate is gearing up to release her second full-length album, The Bargain, which is set to hit headphones everywhere on August 25th. However, it hasn’t been an easy road for the singer as the recording process for The Bargain came with a price. In 2013, the sweet songstress contracted a serious illness that forced her to abandon plans in her music career and to seek treatment back home in Colorado. As Ms. Megan fought her way back to perfect health, she began writing songs to process and document the life-altering experience.

“The songs on this album are about my journey out of a health crisis, many of them dressed up in love songs… which all have something to do with that journey. The word “bargain” I find very provocative because as people we are constantly bargaining – making choices, deciding how and when and why we should show up to our lives. Every day, every dollar, every relationship, every journey feels like an exchange of something to someone, usually yourself,” Burtt explains.

Lucky for you guys, you will get to hear from Ms. Megan herself as she was kind enough to stop by Philly Mixtape for quite a festive music tea, where she spilled on her Berklee background, what kept her strong during recovery, and she also comes up with the one word that describes her unique, soulful artistic sound. 

Take a seat at the music tea party table with the lovely Megan Burtt below. 

PM-Kicking our spillage off, tell everyone how you got your start in this crazy music business…

MB-I suppose by default. It unfortunately comes with the territory of wanting to share your music with the world.

PM-Now, you got your music study on at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. What was that experience like for you?

MB-Oh, Berklee. I wanted to be as far away from home as I could, so Boston was a nice coincidence. It’s an interesting place! I’m forever grateful for the friendships and relationships I made while I was there – I really attribute any success I’ve had to the network I gained there. It’s one of those places where you really decide if music is something you’re up for. I worked hard, I left with incredible drive and a lot of humility. Looking back I appreciate that I had the years to sink my teeth into songwriting. I think it was there that I really became a songwriter.

PM-You’ve also dealt with some unfortunate health issues along the music road. Care to tell everyone a little about that? How are you feeling these days?

MB-I feel great! It was a chapter in my life that’s really ended and what lingers from it is more what I learned about myself than anything negative or a physical hinderance that has kept me from chasing my dreams.

PM-What has made you so strong in your recovery?

MB-Gratitude. Learning to believe in my potential, and learning how to trust and show up for myself.

PM-Which music artists have inspired you over the years? 

MB-Lately I’ve been really trying to pay closer attention to creative production and records that sound really unique and undeniable. The new Emily King album is pretty slammin! 

PM-The one album you absolutely can’t live without is…

MB-D’Angelo/Black Messiah

PM-The one T.V. show you can’t live without is….

MB-My pop culture education is pretty pathetic.. I don’t know what I have one. I have a bit of a guilty pleasure for Orange Is The New Black.

PM-How about….your favorite song of the summer…

MB-It’s not new, but new to me-“Light Hits The Room” Laura Marling has been on heavy rotation in my life lately.

PM-Describe your sound in one word…

MB-Colorful.

PM-One last broken tea mug. What words of wisdom would you give to someone who right now decided to sign up in the music business?

MB-Recognize that you’re a small business and find a mentor who can help you run your music career like a business with a storefront.

For more on the extraordinary Ms. Burtt, clutch your music pearls and click on here and here.

 

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Mixtape Music Tea/ Stetson Rose

A few weeks ago, Philly Mixtape sat down in a much well deserved air conditioned room at the Firefly Music Festival to spill some music tea with local singer/songwriter, Stetson Rose.

Having already won the hearts of many at Philly Songwriters Project, Ms. Rose was offered an opportunity to play the annual festival, where she was quite gracious in spilling all of the local music dish for us. Take a sip below…

PM- How did you get your start as a musician?
SR- I just always have (been a musician). I started on ukulele then my parents got me a guitar when I found a broken one in the garage.

PM- Hey, that was like me! I found one in my mom’s attic after being enamored by my cousins. She got it fixed up for me and I started just riffing on it. So, Firefly is a pretty amazing opportunity. How was the experience for you?

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SR- It was phenomenal. I was so scared before going on but it was so much fun while I was up there. I just wanted to keep going.
PM- You did have a good crowd going. I could hear your voice half a mile away when walking up to the tent.
SR- Aw thanks ! People came up afterwards telling me they were headed to another stage and that I had stopped them in their tracks.

PM- That’s an awesome thing. So you have traveled a bit before I’m told?
SR- I was born in the Bay area on the west coast. I have traveled to New York and Florida, was a part of California’s West Coast Songwriters. I’m well traveled I guess you could say. For a long while I took a on music to focus on family. It definitely feels good to be back and this is probably the first time I’m professionally promoting it.

PM- It looks like it’s working quite well for you. What inspires you as an artist?
SR- Making someone cry (laughs). It’s being so touched within that moment that I try to evoke.

PM- Any artists?
SR- My parents lived in San Francisco in the 60s…so The Band, Paul Simon, Sam Smith. I’m a sucker for a vocal. First and foremost I’m a singer. But the feeling…I don’t know how to describe it. Oh and Ray la Montagne. His album, Trouble, so good.

PM- So you do have a day job and a child at home as well as being a performer. How do you juggle all the responsibilities?
SR- I cry a lot (laughs).
PM – So do I. Trust me haha.
SR- I have a lot of support though from friends and family. No one becomes successful alone. For me it’s about how to get the energy and then keep the energy.

PM- Any act that inspired you here at the festival?
SR- Paul McCartney of course. I’m also excited to see Max Frost.

Listen to her single “Silver Lining” and check out her TOUR below:

Tour Schedule:

Jul 11Rose Tree Summer FestivalMedia, PA Free

Jul 15Penn Museum Summer Nights Music SeriesPhiladelphia, PA Tickets

Jul 18The Oval StagePhiladelphia, PA Free

Aug 16Bethlehem Musik FestivalBethlehem, PA Free

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Get To Know Singer/Songwriter BETS

From New York to L.A., singer/songwriter BETS is certainly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. For those who aren’t familiar with this dynamic diva, you most certainly should be. If her cheeky titled single, “Don’t Give A Fuck,” isn’t enough for you get involved, with its bouncy sway and indie-dance beat, then perhaps you should tune into the inspiring words as to where the tantalizing track derived from. Of the blazing banger, she states, “It’s about how you feel when you’re not worried about what everyone else thinks, when you don’t care an you’re not concerned. I feel like everything in life just flows when that happens. In fact, that’s when some of the best things happen, because you’re not getting in the way of it with all of your insecurities and fears.” We couldn’t agree more.

For much more music from BETS, you can check out her Soundcloud page right here, and be sure to dive into her soon-to-be released full-length studio set, “Days Hours Nights,” when it hits headphones everywhere later this year. In the meantime, revel in “Don’t Give A Fuck” below, but first get to know the sizzling chanteuse in a fun 5 questions round that she took time out to have with Philly Mixtape. Dive in!

PM-In five words or less, tell us your take on this year’s Grammys…

B-Didn’t watch, made music instead!

PM-Tomorrow is the three year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s untimely death. What is your favorite Ms. Houston song?

B-“My Love Is Your Love”

PM-Valentine’s Day is this weekend, what is your favorite love song of all time?

B-“Sea of Love” by Cat Power

PM-How about one album you can’t live without?

B-Lou Reed, ‘Transformer’

PM-Lastly, how would you describe your sound?

B-Fun!!

“Don’t Give A Fuck”