Victoria Reed on ‘Aquamadre” in Who, What, Where, When and Why

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WHO: 
Victoria Reed, Mexico City-based, Detroit born, Brooklyn bred singer and songwriter.

WHAT:
Aquamadre is my second full-length album. I recorded it almost entirely at home in my apartment in Mexico City, with dream collaborator Autre Ne Veut producing and my brilliant partner Erik Deutsch steadily at our side. It was one of the most magical and rewarding collaborative experiences I’ve had to date, and I’m so excited to share this next chapter in my musical journey with the world.

The name Aquamadre is born out of the intention to further align what I’m doing with some significant symbols of guidance that for me, most closely represent my intent as a musician. It’s a name that’s part tarot, part astrology, and part homage to my Piscerian-Italian mother and grandmother. It’s also a derivative of my first ever screen name ‘aquagurlz,’ shared between me and my sister circa 1997 in dedication to the band Aqua. We were such full-on Barbie Girls at the time, it honestly felt like they were singing directly to us . . . and if that feeling ain’t the power of song, I don’t know what is.

WHEN:
The album comes out on April 24 via Fisica Moderna Records/ AWAL.

WHERE:
Everywhere! Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon… dealer’s choice!

WHY:
I write my songs because I honestly can’t help not to. It’s a vital function of my being. I dig into the truest places I’ve got, at the bottom of my heart, so that I can process, work through, and make something beautiful out of my feelings, however difficult they may sometimes be. It’s all very personal. But while the songs I write will likely always be deeply personal, ultimately, it’s the message, collaboration, and connection that matters most to me.

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Sharing my songs with the world and seeing that people can connect with them on some level truly gives me a sense of purpose in life. Something magical happens when we connect through music and lyrics, through sharing our troubles, our fears, our hopes, our triumphs, our joy, and suddenly remembering that we’re not alone. Sometimes even just naming a thing or hearing it be named is enough to make it a little more okay. And that’s what I hope to do with this album.

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