TIDAL Rising: Jay Som
Emerging indie artist Melina Duterte, AKA Jay Som, has managed to impress critics with her every release to date.
After originally planning to pursue a conservatory program for jazz, Duterte decided to enroll in community college, studying studio technology, songwriting and music production instead. It was around this time that she began writing and recording demos in her bedroom studio, subsequently releasing them on Bandcamp under her Jay Som moniker in 2015. The original 9 track EP has since been re-released twice to rave reviews.
Most recently, her true album debut, Everybody Works, was released on March 10 via Polyvinyl Records. As with her past releases, Everybody Works was met with critical acclaim upon arrival, rightly described by Pitchfork as a “careful, wise and excellent album.”
In the spirit of her just ascent, we invited the TIDAL Rising artist for a round of questions in order to get to know her just a little better. Be sure to check out her excellent debut on TIDAL today!
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Who is Jay Som? Can you please introduce yourself?
Hello!! Jay Som is me (Melina Duterte). I am 22 years old and I live in Oakland, California.
Tell us a little about your new album. What’s it about, and what do we get?
It’s about whatever you want it to be about, nothing too specific. You get to hear 10 songs.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
Karen O, Avril Lavigne, The Donnas, Beyoncé, DCFC.
When and how did you first get into music?
My mom bought me a tiny acoustic guitar for my 8th birthday and I taught myself for a while. Later I picked up the trumpet and that shaped most of my musicianship skills.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
The Glow Pt.2 by The Microphones.
What’s the best new song you recently discovered?
“To You” by Andy Shauf.
Can you share a fun fact about you or your music?
I am very good at catching small things in my mouth (popcorn, candy, etc.).
Any other favorite activities?
I love to binge watch Netflix shows and movies until 4AM.
What’s coming next for Jay Som?
Getting ready for hefty touring for most of 2017, I’m also working on some demos for the new record; definitely want to spend a lot of time on the next one.
Looking one year ahead, where would you like to see yourself?
I would like music to still be a consistent part of my life next year. Maybe I’ll be in a different city working on multiple projects in a house with a pool and a dog.
And finally, if your music was a food what would it be?
My music would for sure be a nice soup, kind of mild and spicy but pleasant.
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