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We pick the hottest new acts so you can tell your friends you heard them first. Meet Kansas City singer-songwriter Anson Seabra and dive into his new record 'Feeling For My Life'.
On his new EP Feeling For My Life, Kansas City singer-songwriter Anson Seabra is laying himself bare, painting stories of being a young adult with soothing melodies and his dreamy vocal. Get the tissues ready.
It has been quite a whirlwind ride for Seabra. After making his initial entrance in 2018 with a string of lo-fi pop songs, it was his breakthrough moment, ‘Welcome To Wonderland’ which quietly gained momentum across social media and truly set Seabra on the path of world domination.
From there, each single continued to take things further, seeing the limits of Seabra’s pop sound continue to expand and his songwriting evolving as quickly as his fanbase.
If 2020 saw Anson Seabra taking his music to new heights, 2021 sees him climb even closer to the summit. Alongside a steady drop of well-received and much-loved singles – finding home with audiences across streaming platforms and social media – the singer-songwriter also showcased his musical talents by performing his viral single ‘Walked Through Hell’ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, stepping out of his bedroom studio and opening his catalogue up to a whole new audience in a whole new way.
As the end of the year arrived, so did Seabra’s latest record – a nine track EP bringing together many of the years’ already released singles alongside some new ones, called Feeling For My Life.
Across its half an hour run time, Seabra peels back all the layers of himself, taking listeners on a rollercoaster of emotion and feeling that he describes as a record about finding himself.
From delicate, heartache-drenched ballads to uplifting tunes about finding the magic of childhood as your grow up, and lush, melancholy takes on old nursery rhymes – Feeling For Myself is Anson Seabra at his most raw and vulnerable, giving him a place to tell the stories he needs to while connecting with fans the world over.
[Feeling For My Life is] a record about finding myself, about putting into words and music the things that needed to be said for me and for no one else” and continues stating, “With each of the 9 tracks, I’m giving listeners a sense of what it’s like to live in the world as a highly sensitive person, of the highs and lows of being a young adult today. I hope that within every song my fans can find solace and a sense of peace in knowing they are not alone in their strugglesANSON SEABRA ON NEW EP ‘FEELING FOR MY LIFE’
To celebrate the release of Anson Seabra’s new EP, we sat down with the singer-songwriter to take us on a deep dive through Feeling For My Life.
The Anson Seabra Story
From the beginning
Anson Seabra: “I started playing the piano when I was about 7. I’ve been a musician my whole life, I was in a band in middle school and high school, so I have a lot of experience with both classical and jazz music. The very first original piece of music I wrote was a small piano solo for a school contest in 1st grade. I wrote little things here and there until college when I got more serious and started making EDM remixes in my free time. Eventually I got bored of those and started doing my own original songs and now here we are :)”
What you’ll hear
“I would call the type of music I make ‘emotive, intimate pop music.’ It’s sort of a fusion of a lot of the music I listen to: piano ballads, musical theatre numbers, and straight up pop music. I guess what led me to this sound was just my own affinity for music that makes you really feel something, and a lot of that happens to be piano-driven pop.”
Influences & inspiration
“Some of my favorite musical artists are MIKA, Regina Spektor, fun., Ed Sheeran, Lauv, and Fall Out Boy. My music taste is all over the place, but I really gravitate towards anything that has a danceable beat or a strong melody. I also draw a lot of inspiration from poetry, two of my favorite poets are Rumi and Charles Bukowski.”
Inside the Feeling For My Life creative process
“The creative process for the EP was pretty organic. Most of the songs are penned from personal experience on this record. A majority were written in quarantine after the pandemic started. From there, we either sent them to producers to work on or I helped craft the sound with the producer 1 on 1.”
Down memory lane
“I think [my favourite memory from creating the EP is] just seeing the success that the lead single, “Walked Through Hell” had when it first came out last year. It was such a big song for me, and to see people react the way they did, now with something like 100m streams and a top 30 at Hot AC radio, that was a big deal for me as someone who never thought they would be in music.”
Tell us the story
“The central theme of Feeling For My Life is that it’s okay to feel how you feel. I think people have a tendency to shun their feelings, because we live in a world that is so focused on appearances, and nobody wants to seem like they’re hurting or for people to think they’re being overdramatic. But this record is really about putting my own feelings and emotions out there to help other people know that they might not be alone, and that it’s important to express how you’re feeling. It’s part of being human.”
“I hope listeners will understand that no matter what they are feeling, they are not alone. There is somebody, somewhere, who has felt or is feeling the way you feel.”
Say it in a sentence
Feeling For My Life is…”Sometimes it hurts to be human.”
For the love of music
“I love the way a good song makes you feel. It just lifts your whole spirit. It takes you to a new level of consciousness. Music is so powerful in that way. So for me, the best part of making music is getting to create something that might do that not only for me but for others as well.”
“My biggest achievement so far is probably performing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I still can’t believe that happened. It’s insane.”
Overcoming struggle town
“I tend to become quite perfectionistic when it comes to putting out music, so that’s always a struggle for me. They say that art is never finished, merely surrendered, and in this case that’s definitely true. I have a tendency to nit-pick every little detail of a record to the point where they never come out, so just getting them out the door is half the battle for me. In the end, I just have to come to terms with letting them go. It’s a hard process for me, but it’s gotten easier as I put more music out.”
The year ahead
“There is definitely more music! I’m already working on stuff to put out next. Can’t say too much more at the moment :)”
Anson Seabra – We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
“This song was actually written in Kansas. I’m from Kansas City, MO, although at the time I was living in Kansas City, Kansas. It’s about moving to LA and feeling out of place. So it has a double meaning, it’s a reference to The Wizard of Oz, but it’s also actually about me leaving Kansas.”
Anson Seabra – Dominoes
“The guitarist for this track is Dan Richards, he was the guitarist for One Direction. He ended up going on tour with me, but we only met because he happened to message me about guitar lessons after I had posted on my Instagram story about them.”
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