Calpurnia’s Ayla Tesler-Mabe: It All Started with 15 Seconds

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“Kids today…” That’s a phrase every generation has said about the previous one since the dawn of time. It’s usually paired with an eye roll and a scoff, but I can’t honestly do that when I look at those younger than me. Not when they’re truly doing things at their age my peers were far from doing. Especially the young women out there. Whether it’s being vocal AF about politics, making remarkable television or slaying the music scene – young women like Ayla Tesler-Mabe of Calpurnia are proof that we can no longer roll our eyes at those younger than us.

Influenced by The Beatles and Paul McCartney as a whole, Ayla first picked up the bass to emulate her favorite. Soon after listening to “Something” she knew that was it. She remembers, “I realized that I wanted to spend the rest of my life making music,” adding about her instrumental switch, “As I fell more and more in love with playing the guitar, all I really wanted to do was go to a place where everyone loved music. Playing in a band had always been a dream of mine, and so spending part of my summer at a music camp was a no-brainer for me.”

Music camp and playing with friends, that became her norm as she found three like-minded musicians to jam with. She spent a few years playing together Finn Wolfhard and Malcolm Craig and playing with Jack Anderson on her own. So when the four came together there was a bit of history that connected them. That history soon became their present as they are now looking forward to their future. One that includes their upcoming EP, Scout. Out June 15, Scout is just the beginning and we talked with Ayla about everything from her start on an app we use every day to playing sold out shows around the US.

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The Audible Swiftness of Makk Mikkael

Some years ago Makk Mikkael was one of the many teens obsessing over Taylor Swift. The blend of pop and country spoke volumes to her. Swift was not only inspired to start singing, but she soon picked up a guitar and started posting covers on YouTube. While country was where she spent her early teens, she moved onward. She notes of her style now, “I’m happy I’ve found my sound. I’m inspired by the Toronto R&B scene and I feel like my music represents where I’m currently at right now.” Now is where we are and we’re talking about her latest single “How It Feels,” her time in Los Angeles, and next steps.

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Mélissa Laveaux Takes Listeners Abroad

Knowing her album needed something more than her current locale could offer her, Mélissa Laveaux bought a ticket to Haiti and let the homeland of her parents to its thing. The sights, sounds, and all around culture worked overtime because it took Mélissa less than a week to record a Haitian inspired record. That’s where we’re starting but not where we’re ending. Read the words below, then not only are you going to want to pick up Radyo Siwèl, out now, but you’re also going to want to check her out live if you can in London on April 13th.

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