Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we have a versatile singer/songwriter “SEDA” who has belted out some incredible fusion sounds of R&B, Latin, Pop/Hip-hop and has also engaged innumerable listeners. The multi-talented artist who is based out of Puerto Rico and now lives in New York City has recently come up with his latest release ‘One More Time’ and has shown his incredible finesse in songwriting in the track. The singer is bug-bitten by major artists like Bruno Mars, Weeknd, Miguel with a hint of Marc Anthony and has performed at several events at The NY Public Library, City Hall, Puerto Rican day parade, SOBS, Ashford & Simpsons Sugar Bar, etc.
We have recently got in touch with the artist and asked him for an interview and he was candid enough to reply in the affirmative. So, Let’s get to know about the incredible artist, about his challenges as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I currently have a fusion of R&B, Latin, Pop with a slice of hip hop and acoustic.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
I have been singing and been connected to music since the age of 3. I would sleep behind the speaker to fall asleep as a kid. I grew up listening to artists such as Mariah Carey, Marc Anthony, I currently am inspired by Bruno Mars, Cee-lo green, Miguel, and Mariah Carey. Music has been my saving grace and is my comfort space I go-to for every emotion and mood. I honestly cannot live without music and making music. My household was filled with music and it is how we all connected. I didn’t grow up very fortunate, but I was rich in great music and many of my great childhood memories include music. Hearing Mariah and Marc on the radio as a child, let me know this is what I needed to be doing. I have never been drawn to anything like I have to music.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
I thoroughly enjoyed performing at City Hall for a charity event raising money for the Puerto Rico fund due to the hurricane. The crowd was connected and we were all down for the ride and cause. I am also Puertorican so the feeling was heightened.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
There was once when I slipped on stage and I made it seem like a dramatic effect as part of my performance. Also when I forgot my words I just added curses to the song for emotional affect and it worked lol.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
I would love to duet with Mariah Carey, I got a lot of my vocal stylings from her and I would love to write with her. I would also love to make a song with Bruno Mars. He inspires me heavily as he reinvents himself each time.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
That has been one of the hardest. What keeps me grounded are my family and staying humble. I also believe in allowing yourself to live so there is something to write about. Taking healthy breaks keeps things from becoming stale and helps you stay balanced between both worlds.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
The test of time would have to be the biggest obstacle. Persistence and perseverance are a way to overcome any challenges in life. The biggest challenge has been to make sure each song I create is better than the last. I believe nothing worth having comes easily, if you don’t love doing this, don’t do it. You constantly have to believe in yourself, without that one component you will not go far. There’s a lot of patience and dedication that needs to go into this.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I still take vocal lessons online. I warm up before each performance. I also make sure I keep my ear to new music so that I’m not outdated haha. Honey and lemon really do help in soothing my voice every day. Vocal lessons really do help the most. It is like a muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
I like to do scales on the piano. Vocal warmups are my go to.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Practice and make sure you are passionate about doing this. I almost quit music once, as I had lost sight of why I do this. I was reminded that making music is my purpose. During my hiatus, I would get emails and messages about how my music touches people. I was reminded why I Make music and I am so grateful for that. Just know why you are doing this because if you cannot answer that, you have no business doing this. It has to be more than just for clout. Stay humble and worry about you, don’t try and compete with other artists. Find your own sound and develop that. Make sure you have carved out your own path, it is what gives you longevity. Trends are for the moment. Make sure your music is timeless and not just for you, make sure when writing you talk about what you know. Have a clear path and vision of where you would like to go.
So, this was “SEDA”. Want to know how you can follow him online? Then, check out the link below: