A Chat With…Santanna

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A new addition to the local Melbourne scene is singer-songwriter Santanna. Her debut single ‘Bunnings Boy’ quickly won us over, so we threw some questions her way to learn more before the EP release.

Hi Santanna, thanks for the chat! Thanks for chatting to me!

You recently released your debut single. I know you were a bit hesitant releasing your own music, but how does it feel to finally have something out there? It’s scary releasing your musical babies into the world and I’m feeling a whole bunch of assorted feels about it. I’m incredibly excited to show everyone what I’ve been up to and at the same time anxious about the response, which is the usual I suppose.

Speaking of the single, it tells the story of a boy you met at Bunnings. Have you since returned to said Bunnings store? I’ve returned several times since but unfortunately never back to the paint section as there have been no further painting projects. Although, now thinking about it I really should have just requested some sample pots or something. The song was written that night whilst a little doped up on drowsy codral tablets which somewhat ruins the romance. I enjoy the idea that an adorable lad with curly hair is going about his life and has no idea that there is a song written about him.

You’re a music teacher as well – has releasing your own music increased your confidence as a teacher? I’m not sure if it’s increased my confidence as a teacher, but I suppose anything I pick up along the way and any experience I gain throughout the process I’ll pass on and hopefully it will benefit my students in some shape or form. Especially those who are gigging, writing and working towards releasing their own material.

Have any of your students heard the single? They have indeed and were very curious about the subject. They were all super lovely about the single that week in classes, but they have to be lovely about it!

In November you’ll release your debut EP, what can you tell us about it? You know at the beginning of the year when you’re optimistic and get sucked in to writing down goals that you forget about almost instantly? Recording songs for an EP was one of those, except that I actually did it. I still have the post-it on my wall above my bed, next to ‘do tax’ and ‘ apply for internships’.

I only started writing songs in the last two years so this EP documents the beginning of that side of things. I’ve been working with producer and musical wizard Josh Needham who brought my songs to life when I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with them. He’s always been incredibly supportive of my music which is wonderful when you’re constantly doubting it. I think it’s been about a year since we embarked on this little project, I went travelling for 3 months and Josh and his wife welcomed a baby somewhere in between but it’s all coming together now. I’ve really enjoyed the process and i’m excited to see what happens.

Can you tell us about your favourite Melbourne acts? I love a bit of Northeast Party House for a decent boogie and loving Meg Mac at the moment – what a voice! Also, #1 Dads, Client Liaison, Ali Barter, Japanese Wallpaper, Banoffee, Courtney Barnett and Olympia.

And Melbourne venues? We are incredibly fortunate to have so many great venues in Melbourne. I’ve seen some of my favourite acts at The Corner and The Northcote Social Club. They’re a bit magical.

What Melbourne releases (albums/EPs) have been on rotation for you this year?
Tiny Little Houses. ‘Easy’ hit me right in the feels and I may have cried a little the first time I heard it.
Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Holy Holy – When The Storms Would Come
Meg Mac
Japanese Wallpaper

What’s in store for the remainder of the year? Apart from the EP Launch in November I have no idea what the remainder of the year has in store for me but i’m super excited to find out!

Thanks for your time! Thank you!

Santanna launches her EP at The Grace Darling on Saturday November 7th with support from AURA and Vinten.

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