Sydney Wright Screens Seiche at Cheer Up Charlies

May the Fourth was an interstellar blast Friday night at Cheer Up Charlies as live-looping, experimental pop sensation Sydney Wright screened her transcendental new music video, ‘Seiche’. The empowering ballad is the second single and title frack from Wright’s forthcoming album.

The video release party featured performances on both inside and outside stages at Cheer Ups.

The bill is full of my incredible music fam and favorite local bands that I’ve gotten to run sound for,” stated Wright. “I’m really stoked to celebrate our hustle at my home venue, Cheer Up Charlies.

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Hot n’ heavy dream-pop duo The Please Please Me kicked-off the single release party on the outside stage with an immersive performance of alternative-pop, Americana and funky electronic while Calliope Musicals’ sunny frontwoman, Carrie Fussell, warmed the crowd inside. The eccentrically funky and always captivating Ladyfang brought out The Force with their jedi-infused performance and Otis Wilkins sang cosmic Americana stories on the inside stage.

Draped in a luminescent, intergalactic get-up and running around at lightspeed all night, Sydney Wright finally hit the stage to premier her beautifully reflective ‘Seiche’ video. The video is an otherworldly experience seeped in self-empowerment. Its urgency rises and falls stirring waves of emotion as the music builds in sweeping, anthemic proportions towards its ultimate climax.

“’Seiche’ is about rejecting the influences that are reflections of others and regaining freedom in our own choices and identity,” claims Wright. ‘Seiche’ is available everywhere now and the video will be officially released later this week.

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins @wolfspiritofthesun

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Sydney Wright To Reveal Herself With Release of Seiche, This May

Sydney Wright is gearing up to release the title track of her debut album ‘Seiche’, at the start of May. After a busy SXSW and a new-found sound, the small-town-born musician explores a lyrical layout a little different to her typical sound – revolutionary in this track, the live-looping instrumentalist releases a side of her that Austin hasn’t seen before.

“I’ve been listening to this ‘Gangster Rap Gym Motivation’ playlist on Spotify lately,” Sydney said, sparing a minute in her busy schedule to speak to us.“I like the percussive layout of the lyrics and I want that musical style to be fresh in my head while I’m making new music. 

“I wrote the single, ‘Seiche’, while I was going to UNT in Denton. 

“It was a time when I was working through a lot of changes nearing graduation, dealing with my first band breakup, and making a plan to support myself and fly solo in the music industry.”

A feeling prevalent in the coming months, as universities wind down and students tense up for graduation, the multi-talented singer is reaching out a hand of support that is not always on offer. A success story, it feels like, that pushes your worries away – her voice freeing your mind on the high notes, like a delicate bird flying far away with them.

“I struggled a lot with blaming myself for things out of insecurity or simply because someone else was assigning the blame to me. I’m still learning and changing, but I came out of that chapter of life with my very own beliefs, effective ways to express myself so that I’m heard, and a list of unfair and abusive behaviors and attitudes that I do not allow to thrive in my space.

“Seiche is about freeing yourself from expectations. It’s a story of transcendence.

“It’s inspired by finding solace in being okay with yourself and being unaffected by people who aren’t. ”

Stealing the show from Star Wars, the musician is set to shock Austin all over again with her sunny disposition yet heart-wrenchingly emotional voice with the release show on May 4th at Cheer Up Charlie’s but that’s not the end of it. A calendar full of plans for this year, this musician is going to be one to watch now more than ever – 2018 will be the year of Sydney Wright.

So, get listening to gangsta rap until then and be sure to check out Sydney’s Facebook below so more details!

Author: Megan Matthews

Sydney Wright Parties In Her PJ’s For Seiche

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than day drinking in a comfy pair of pajamas with experimental pop artist Sydney Wright? The live-looping, multi-instrumentalist curated Austin’s first ever “PajamaJam” with several of her closest friends last Sunday at LUX on W 6Th Street all in support of Wright’s forthcoming album, Seiche, due in the fall. The open mic event featured stripped-down performances by Sydney Wright, Eric Tessmer, Kalu James, Johnny Goudie, Danny Malone, Jane Ellen Bryant, Buenos Diaz, Fair City Fire, Color Candy, Paul Greenamyer, Neosho and a hip-hop fueled cameo by Wright’s “Eve incarnate” superhero sister.

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“It’s all about community and support,” said Wright. “All of the musicians performing are my friends that agreed to volunteer their work to support my project. I feel really lucky to even know these artists, let alone have them all donate their effort to prop me up on my leaning side.”

A limited amount of wristbands were sold to the PajamaJam which allowed guests access to gourmet tacos, exclusive drink specials and downloads of “Seiche” before it’s released to the public. The proceeds from this event will go towards Wright’s ongoing Indiegogo campaign, which can be found at http://www.sydneygogo.com.

With this campaign, Wright is looking to allocate funds to help with shooting and producing the “Seiche” music video, album and single art, marketing, printing CDs and promo material, social promotion and radio promotion. Interesting rewards include Sydney’s old, orange Gretsch guitar, fulfilled song requests, Skype lessons, a 2GB USB of exclusive content, posters, downloads, CDs, t-shirts and more.

Sydney Wright’s first single and title track off the upcoming album,“Seiche,” is set to be released on May 4, 2018. Wright will play a single release show on May 4 at Cheer Up Charlies.

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Photos by: Demetrius Judkins at @wolfspiritofthesun

 

Sydney Wright Is A Friend In Need – She’s Calling On You

Sydney Wright is dynamic. A live-looping, one-woman show, she embodies her act and her art has now become synonymous with her upbeat attitude and friendly demeanor. But now she calls on you, the friends she has made with her soul-shaking tracks and straight talking humility; she needs your help.

Releasing a single that the Texan has worked on since the age of 17, this coming May, she endeavors to release an album surrounding it – fuelled by a ‘Sydneygogo’ page, if you excuse the pun.

“The bulk of the album project is already done,” said Wright. “All the tracks are recorded and being mixed, I just need some help to see it through and make sure it counts and that people hear it.

“I’m not signed to a label, which is rad because I love being in charge. I also love that I am able to ask you, the people that listen to music and really matter, or perhaps future fans, to be my teammates and the support we need to finish this journey.”

The funds she raises with this campaign will go towards the costs associated with producing an album – video shooting and editing, PR campaigns and the like, but – as always – Sydney has made this her own, and it oozes with her personality. Gifts from her heart, including her loved guitar, a personalized written song and being credited on the album, this isn’t about being an investor – this is about being a friend.

The sweet-sounding, straight talker begun the conception of this album – titled after the track “Seiche” soon to be released but written six years ago – in 2006, and like a long road trip – she’s eager to complete the journey.

A song about her endeavor into freedom, this song has the beauty of Sydney’s coming of age from when she was a teen – confused, and brimming with uncertainty – mixed the comfort that comes with knowing yourself.

“A cleansing sort of transcendence,” she says, “shedding the weight of not fulfilling expectations or fitting into the place you grew up can be painful and cleansing at the same time.

“That’s what this song is to me.”

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Words: Megan Matthews
Photography: Letitia smith at White Light Exposure

‘MeToo’: Austin’s Music Industry is Not Immune to the Sexual Harassment Epidemic.

There’s an epidemic going on, if you hadn’t noticed.

To summarize; we live in a what seems to be a dystopian world where a predatory trait is dominant across the schools, the workplace, the entertainment industry, even just day to day life – it runs rampant across every sector of life, both yours and mine.

Sexual harassment is now so common that 65% of US women say they’ve experienced it just walking in the street, according to a survey by Stop Street Harassment (SSH). This plague of inappropriately claimed ownership of women and men is so rife that exclusion from it feels like a privilege, even in our own city of Austin – yet, it’s still taboo to speak about.

Two Austin-based female musicians have spoken out on their anger about this topic; these are their stories.

Who They Are:

Sydney Wright has been making a name for herself across Austin since her debut in the city, in 2015. A born revolutionist with a penchant for telling beautifully intricate stories with her music, she’s strong, believes in herself and is a breath of crisp, fresh air.

Mariclaire Glaeser follows this trend of being a woman of her own design. The lead singer of the popular Austin-based band, Shy Beast, she’s evolved in 2017 into a creature of sheer showmanship and vivacious musicality.

Neither is a stranger to the music scene and both carry with them a heavy reputation thick with respect for that. But both are also no stranger to the sexual harassment and gendered discrimination that unfortunately, and rather archaically, still comes with the success.

Their Stories:

According to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, this includes women across every industry, including Austin’s music scene. A very slight gender disparity that sees a male presence of 55% to 45% dominate, the women of this city are not naïve to the dangers.

“The music scene comes alive at night” Mariclaire begins, an aspiring musician’s kaleidoscope dream’s conjured, before the imagery cracks and the warning becomes clear “there is alcohol present most of the time. There will always be predators, and there will always be lowered inhibitions. There will always be drunk dudes attempting to get a piece of you.”

Both women have experience in this pitiful example of mankind – each of them having stories with male tones that range from disrespectful to sheer ignorance of all human rights they have. Mariclaire begins to tell the story of a grim reality; non-consensual sexual advances and inappropriate touching is something 23% of women have experienced.

“The night of my band’s album release party a few years ago, I made my way over to the merch table, I took over for a bit selling stuff. One guy squeezed between me and the wall and started attempting to caress my lower back and whisper things in my ear while I was trying to handle transactions. He was telling me how ‘awesome’ and talented I was, and that he could offer me some great advice, because he ‘knows what works and what doesn’t’” she explained.

Of the 65% of women that have been sexually harassed, Mariclaire found herself in the 75% statistic of women met with anger and abuse they speak up about the harassment and ask for it to stop.

“I kept moving his hand away and asking him to leave.” She continues “This angered him, and he started verbally attacking my music and my performance earlier; telling me that I had a long way to go, and that I wasn’t trying hard enough.”

“In an ideal world, we would strive to identify our similarities, not amplify our differences,” Sydney begins, a poetic twist on what she believes should be the norm.

“But I think sexual harassment and discrimination are prevalent in our society and cultures as a whole, which makes it inevitably present in our music scene.

“There are countless times that I’ve been approached whilst running a console by males and females alike with, ‘So you know what all these buttons do?’, ‘Oh, a sound GIRL, I’ve never seen one of those!’, or ‘I think it’s great that you do this!’.

“I don’t think that being delineated from my peers because of my gender is helpful in promoting equality.”

Discrimination is a dangerous example of ignorance that happens often in the workplace, especially when co-ordinated with sexual harassment with 81% of American women in the workforce experiencing verbal abuse via inappropriate jokes or sexual comment (Atlantic Training Company).

The ‘You Can Stay’ singer tells another story, of a time where an inappropriate joke while she was working a gig forced her to set her boundaries and define the parameters of them.

“At one point, something came up about a phrase someone had coined on tour. I don’t remember the story, but the phrase was, ‘titties and beer, beer and titties!’ It got a laugh as it was repeated throughout the show.

“During one of those laughs, a man comes up to me, and, in the same sing-song voice the act was using, says, ‘sound boards and…’ and makes a motion like ‘eh?’’. All I could do was stare at him with an ‘I have nothing to say to you’ look and turn to do my job as the band started the next song.

“After the show, he apologized. I really appreciated that, and I’m glad that the situation provided an opportunity to make my boundaries clear.”

“We should take responsibility for and control of our mouths, eyes, and urges,” she continues, “and we would strive to treat each other equally, holding everyone to the same standards of respect and propriety.”

While this was an example of a time Sydney took back control of the situation, this isn’t always a feasible option – especially not for the 1 in 6 American women that aren’t able to stop the harasser in their tracks.

“Sexual shame and intimidation is a real and present force in our society whether you’ve been affected by it or not.” Sydney confides, though she does believe quite distinctly that Austin is a ‘liberal bubble’ that shines more of the necessary spotlight on immoral behaviour than many other cities.

This seems to be the general consensus felt across Austin, with Mariclaire sharing a positive reading of the city as well.

She says; “There isn’t as much of a stigma in Austin on how we should look and act. I feel like I have a lot of freedom of expression here, and most people are on board.

“I don’t really know how to fix the worldview of men and women who are so set in their ways, that they see female artists as products from which to glean money and enjoyment.

“It makes me sad.”

While neither of the women’s list of experiences constitute as sparse, both state that they feel Austin is less forgiving of this kind of behaviour – reassuring considering 45% of American women don’t feel safe to walk home alone, according to Gallup’s annual crime survey.

What we can do;

Mariclaire is adamant that better education in the home and in schools is the way to prevent the behaviour – pre-emptively nipping it in the bud, so to speak while Sydney has a less action-based hope for the future and more of rules to live by;

“We shouldn’t get off on being trolls or feed the discord fire by picking our allies apart for the sake of a trivial argument.

“We shouldn’t say things from behind a screen that we would be uncomfortable saying to a person’s face.

“I think we need to take the conversation away from the internet and into our real lives, in a public and intentional way.”

“We need to unite ourselves.” Sydney continues, “We can’t control the thoughts or actions of other people, but we can set steadfast boundaries and be ready to draw those lines when someone is inappropriate and we need to shake biased perspectives with education and emotional intelligence.

“We need our message to be as strong and articulate as possible to incite action among our powerful ‘public servants’ and replace them if they don’t serve us.”

This power is an important step in not only taking care of ourselves, but also taking care of friends, family and even strangers. As Mariclaire suggests, both men and women have a role to play in this revolution, this is something to go down in history if we do it right.

So, it’s time we re-educate. Use the disgust and shock fuelled by the #MeToo movement, and hold the offender responsible, refuse ‘boys will be boys’ and instil a new mantra – ‘responsibility for all’. It’s no longer a case of mindlessly offensive comments, nor has it been for a long time; what you see Mariclaire and Sydney saying is the thought process present across many minds – some of which are scared, some of which are empowered and some of which are in danger.

Photography: Sophia Louise of SophiaDPhotography – Flickr
Author: Megan Matthews

Sydney Wright Is The Friend That Everyone Needs, With Her Debut Single ‘You Can Stay’

A shock to the system, a wave of pride and a shot to the heart later, she’s unique and she’s real – Sydney Wright is no carbon copy of anybody. Full of humility and just a touch of well-deserved self-recognition, she released her first solo single ‘You Can Stay’ on the 4th of this month. A storyteller by nature, her world knows no bounds and you’ll feel every ounce of her in each note because of it.

After a busy weekend of gigging, she spared a minute to talk and let me say; she’s so cool, I’m dead set about ready to be this girl’s best friend – no, there isn’t a choice in the matter. A straight talker, she isn’t what you’d except but is instead a breath of fresh air in a mass of cliché songs and empty personalities. I’d go as far as to say she’s, quite frankly, kind of badass – and a little bit eccentric.

You Can Stay’ begins painting the scene of tension and late-night arguments that have grown tired, and the blur of starburst streetlights through seeping tears. Emotion-filled, but far from necessarily being a break-up song, the semantics reach for each and every individual story of sadness to feel united in their sorrow.

That is until the crescendo of the chorus storms and the crash of the drum hits – ‘where ever you are, you can stay’ the Austin-based songwriter cuts through the heartache with empowerment and self-growth that she’s learnt to embrace. See, she’s cool.

“Through finishing the single and making the music video, I learned so much that I’m not even sure that I’m aware of every lesson yet. I learned that releasing my work is really scary for me. I learned that I make excuses and drag my feet when I’m scared.” She confided, “I learned that it’s extremely difficult to do everything by yourself, and it’s okay to ask for help.”

Sending a positive message for young girls everywhere that being scared isn’t a weakness and it sure as hell can’t stop you, she offers a bittersweet truth between the lines of a poetically heart-wrenching ballad, laying her mistakes on the line, a feat that I can’t help but applaud;

“I’ve been a liar, and it was hella lame.” She began. “Losing relationships got my attention, and cutting me out was the most caring thing that anyone did for me at that time, even though it was awkward and painful.

“I want to have a juicy drama about a personal betrayal to tell, but those details of the song are fictional. The realest part is the ending. I mean every single word of it. It’s about a belief that truth and honesty breeds connection in any relationship, and anything less should be dropped like a hot potato even if it’s hard to let go.”

Learning from her past, and all the stronger for it, she began her adventure into ‘You Can Stay’ three years ago when Tony Rancich found her recording in Denton. She was intrigued, and so was he. Meeting her soon-to-be producer Stefano Vieni and his ‘BFF’ co-producer and engineer Alex Ponce through Rancich, magic was made and sparks flew. The team recorded eight demos together but as the nights got darker and the year came to an end, the demos sat unfinished.

“I spent about two years waiting for something to happen for me. I didn’t really know what to do so I did nothing, which is not an effective career strategy.” She admits – hindsight ever the bitch it is.

“But In 2015 I moved to Austin, put together a backing band that I love, and I looked back at these demos like, ‘Hold up, these recordings are fire, why did I drop the ball?’ So, I hit up Fano like, ‘Bro, I want to release these, would you help me finish them?’ He’s an angel straight out of Heaven, so of course he said yes.”

Fast forward to now; two years later and with her single released, Sydney Wright has definitely not dropped the ball this time. A stunningly produced debut, it’s clear that the team she so carefully selected has worked tirelessly with her on this project, holding her up when she needed it and supporting her even when she didn’t. I can hardly wait for more, and with her confession that song writing and story-telling is what she’s best at, I can only hope we won’t have to wait long.

A genuinely interesting girl, the soon-to-be star is the first to admit the huge impact her friends’ support had during the process. An interesting take on a role model for aspiring singer-songwriters across the world, her distinctive idiosyncrasies line her strong belief in credit given where due, hard work and the pay-off that comes.

“Expect to work hard and act fearless.” She says. “Practice intentionally. Natural ‘talent’ is meaningless. It’s just something that people talk about and attribute to those who have been diligent in their practice. Everyone has been a beginner. You don’t have to start early to become proficient. Your first try might be garbage, but the next one is ALWAYS better. Don’t quit, people want what you’ve got.”

“Collaborate with people you admire. It’s cool to be the best musician in the room, but it’s even better when you’re the worst.” She concludes.

So, I’m motivated, anyone want to start a band?

Author: Megan Matthews
Photography: Jody Brown

Sydney Wright Celebrates at Cheer Up Charlies Photo Recap

Have you been picking up what Sydney Wright’s been putting down? If not, you’d better get ready to do some heavy lifting. Aside from dropping riotous covers of iconic hits, the multi-instrumental, singer-songwriter also creates heartfelt original materiel that delicately balances between cathartically chill and straight-up lit af. This past Saturday, the live-looping, musical magician hit Cheer Up Charlies to celebrate her beautiful debut single ‘You Can Stay’. Check out the images below captured by Corey Mendez.

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Photos by: Corey Mendez

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