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    Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:34:02

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. TECLA - She's a Haitian/Italian pianist, rapper, songwriter and horticulturist

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    Amy Sciarretto's latest Take Aim opponent is Tecla.

    Check out her track "Fake Tears" and find out why we invited her in to our lair aka the ring for a discussion.

    Twitter-size your bio - 140 words or characters, your choice- of what we need to know?

    It would probably be something like: Tecla is a Haitian/Italian pianist songwriter singer rapper producer. With an affinity 4 foreign horror & film score her music and imagery encompass a dark eerie beauty while still managing to make audiences dance. Is that 140? its hard for me to explain myself in a million words, let alone 140.

    Any non musical hobbies, skills, talents?

    I have a new obsession with backyard gardening. Actually, Kool AD gave me the rap nickname "Young Horticulture" because of it. There is something super meditative about gardening for hours. Something about pulling out weeds, digging in dirt, and planting herbs and flowers really quiets the mind. I am also a very healthy eater so being able to grow my own vegetables in healthy soil with no pesticides is a plus. I'm also a super foodie and love to cook. Growing up I had a weird affinity for watching cooking shows and torturing my family by making them eat my experimental recipes. It's true. You can ask my mom.

    Pick ONE song on your album and share a writing or recording story. It can be funny, silly or serious. Just has to be something we'd only know since you told us.

    Okay, so the song "Wake up" has a funny story behind it. I was at SXSW with Gordon Voidwell about two years ago and Me, Kassa, and Gordon had to share a Super 8 hotel room for three days after the festival was over in order to get a cheaper flight back to NYC. In those three days we managed to completely wreck the room (and brake our precious Oberheim Matrix 1000 rack) with water fights, foot powder fights (yeah...) and general debauchery.

    Anyway, after having nothing else to do, we started a beat-making competition, everyone had to make one beat in an hour and we shall see who's the best was. I'm not saying mine won, BUT it did turn out to be the skeleton beat of "Wake Up," over which I recorded Kassa Overall on live drums, Rafiq Bhatia on guitar, Edward Goldson on bass, and Arnold Lee on horns. It's the biggest live band track on the album I'm sure no one would have guessed it started in a smelly kitty-litterbox motel.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    A horticulturist and holistic healer on some obscure Caribbean island. Or Asian Island... or any perma-hot non-American island.

    Finish this sentence: More money, more...

    ...opportunities. lucky you...

    Are you going to check out TECLA?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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    Tags: Tecla, Kassa Overall, Rafiq Bhatia, Arnold Lee

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