Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.
My real name is Melissa Cremades. I was born in South Florida on August 21st, 1994. Growing up in South Florida was great because the weather was always nice and everything was pretty laid back. As a kid, I was always going through phases of what I was into and what I wanted to be when I grew up: a detective, an archaeologist, an actress, a doctor. I really wanted to be able to do it all. I think all that energy ended up shifting into my present day creativity and my music.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
My artist name is Lissa Lo. I’m a self-taught producer and songwriter, and I did a good amount of self-teaching in singing too. But then I started taking singing lessons here in NYC about a year ago once I got really serious about pursuing music. I can play guitar, bass, ukulele and I dabble on the keyboard – that’s how I make beats anyway.
I originally started off writing poems, which then turned into writing raps, which then turned into writing songs. I still like to write raps here and there and it’s something I’ll be exploring in my next project.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I like to blend different ideas and styles into my music but if I had to pick one, I’d say I’m more on the indie pop side. My whole idea with music is to bring stories to life – to personify the emotions I’m feeling throughout my journey, but also – to make people dance with some of my bouncier stuff. I really want to be able to offer people an experience that makes them feel as if they’re there and also provides music for them to get lost into.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I’m an independent artist so I do almost everything myself (mixing/mastering I work with someone at Brewery Recording Studio). I taught myself to write and produce my first year in NYC, and that was a journey on its own. I was working full-time and commuting, so I rarely had a moment to spare. I would teach myself how to make beats on the metro-north to New Rochelle, or read production/songwriting books. I spent a lot of time writing at home but a lot of it was done on the subways as well. Learning how to do everything with so little time was difficult – but I was able to do it because I’m so passionate about making music.
With that, there have been a lot of ups and downs. Because I work full-time, it’s very easy for the other aspects of my life to spill into my music – whether it be wild roommates I had in my second apartment in NYC, or a busy time that meant I was working overtime constantly. The idea remains the same though – throughout the ups and downs, there isn’t anything that’s going to keep me from continuing to make music and tell stories. I’m striving to improve upon how I tell those stories and take people on a journey with me in my music.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
The first few lyrics of the song came to me when I was walking down Bedford Avenue. It was a Friday night and I was walking through the shadows of the trees near McCaren Park. I had the thought “I’m always walking through shadows,” cross my mind – because I’m always working and when I’m off – I do music and I usually go to the studio at midnight or 5AM. So the first few lyrics and the vocal melody came to me and I recorded it on a voice note immediately.
The rest of the song I recorded/wrote/produced in my bedroom in Brooklyn. That’s where I make most of my music. The setting was perfect for this type of song. I mixed/mastered it with an incredibly talented engineer, Parker, at Brewery Recording Studio a few weeks later. My main concern was to bring to life the emotions I was feeling in that moment.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
I’ve been in music for a short while – my first song release was this past summer in June. But I’ve been working toward this goal consistently for two years now.
My next goal is to release another project – this time 7-10 songs and release a series of performance videos and music videos as I perform around NYC. I’m aiming to give a full experience with all of my upcoming music.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Small moments. Everything I experience inspires me because music is a form of storytelling and that’s what I love. But every now and then, you get a small moment – like I did with Shadows – and something just clicks. Sometimes it’s the right chord, the right sound, the right memory. It changes with each song.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I’m not sure there is one solid secret to making a hit song but I would say to be honest with your music. People want something that they can feel and they can relate to. I try and paint the image of the story so people can both hear it and see it in their mind.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Their support means the world. Whenever I hear from someone that really digs my music, it’s a breath of fresh air. Please share my music with more of your friends so we can grow this into something epic!

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Be passionate about what you do. If you really love something, it’ll translate. Patience is key in everything and being passionate will keep you going when things are slow. Be honest with your music and people will relate. Take the time to learn the business side of things because that’s becoming more of a necessity everyday.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
At the moment, I have a 4 song EP out, Brilliant. And I have a single with Robby Burke, Take Over. There will be two more new songs coming out this fall to hold people off while I finish up the second project.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be featured on a few blogs, like: Purple Melon Music, Lemonade Magazine, TheDutchGuy, Gems and Secrets, Wolf In A Suit, Popjustice, and Indietronica to name a few. As for radio stations, I was on Vittek Tape, Leo Swiss Radio, and WXRY.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
It can be different depending on the song. Shadows was lyrics then beat and then lyrics again. One of my new, unreleased songs was entirely lyrics first.
But usually, I’ll create it all as a whole. I’m really comfortable when I’m producing and it allows me to play with different styles so I’ll compose and produce a short piece and then figure out what I want to say. I’ll come up with some lyrics for that short piece, as well as the vocal melody and then I’ll build out the rest of the composition and beat, and follow that up with the lyrics and vocals.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Lana Del Rey, Lorde, G-Eazy, Mike Posner(he’s the artist that got me into making music), and the Weeknd.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I’ve collaborated with Patrick Dunn, an artist here in NYC who I met when he was my neighbor. We did a fun pop song called All I Need, which is one of my personal favorites.
Another collab I did was with Robby Burke, an artist that I met via instagram. Our track Take Over just came out and it’s more of a house vibe.
Both collabs were really fun – you can learn something new from everyone you work with. I’m actually working on some new stuff with Robby, so more stuff coming soon!

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
www.lissalomusic.com

www.facebook.com/lissalomusic

www.instagram.com/lissalomusic

www.twitter.com/lissalomusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
itunes.apple.com/us/artist/lissa-lo/id1240569808

open.spotify.com/artist/2EwK8Lfb6A55aGLwkPVYCA

amzn.to/2yH7hhx

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
My happiest day so far was the night I got home for the holidays after my first 6 months in NYC. I hadn’t seen my family since I left so it was a big deal for me.
My saddest day was probably the first night I moved to NYC. I love the city and I was really excited – but that first night, I was really scared. I was leaving everyone I cared about back home. I didn’t have a solid plan and I didn’t have a lot of money to start off with. Luckily, the fear shook off because the next day, I got straight to work in setting myself up here.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
With a million dollars, I would probably move to California. I’d spend a good amount of money on setting up my next project, music videos, and all sorts of content. I’d donate some of it and save the rest for the time being.

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