Twin Sisters Melissa and Michelle of Macedo took some time to share their newest album “Ghost Town” with the Blvd.! You may recognize these two talented sisters as lead singers/guitarists from the band featured on the popular Netflix Series “GIRLBOSS“.
More than just another album release Macedo used the release of their“Ghost Town” album to address issues that still haunt us in our daily lives. In the standout statement song “Take Back the Night” the singing twins speak to the #MeToo movement addressing sexual assault and women empowerment.
Hello Melissa and Michelle of Macedo, tell me about your new album “Ghost Town”!
Macedo: Hi! It’s so nice to talk with you. “Ghost Town” emerged from a really difficult time. It’s a reflection and exploration of the ghosts that we all have and the ways in which we are haunted by our past. This album is a reflection of memories that became a part of our identity. In essence, how we’re each being haunted, in good and bad ways. It was a very raw experience to write, there was no holding back.
“Take Back the Night” is an important song about sexual assault. So many people experience it but there is so much shame and silence surrounding it, that it’s not often talked about. We wanted to give people the courage to share their stories. I couldn’t get through the song without crying. We only did one take on the vocals for that one.
Personally, our favorite songs are “Ghost Town” and “Take Back the Night”. “Take Back the Night” is an important song about sexual assault. So many people experience it, but there is so much shame and silence surrounding it that it’s not often talked about. We wanted to give people the courage to share their stories. I couldn’t get through the song without crying. We only did one take on the vocals for that one.
What’s the background story and songwriting process on the song “Sea of You”?
Macedo: (Michelle Speaking) We wrote the song “Sea of You” together based on a melody idea that Melissa had, then I (Michelle) flushed out the lyrics and added some melody onto the edits of it. The song was about an abusive relationship that I was experiencing and Melissa started writing about it from the outside looking in. (Melissa Speaking) Michelle added thoughts from her personal experience, and it was the good balance of perspective and honesty.
As twin sisters have you always performed together?
Macedo: We both trained separately as actors and musicians so we could really develop our own voices and identities with our art. We prefer to perform together because we are so in sync. We’ve had our own way of communicating for as long as we can remember. We are always bringing different ideas to the table and that is incredibly valuable.
As sisters and as musicians, we are so deeply connected that one of us will supply what the other one needs, we will both add to each others ideas while still remaining honest to ourselves. That is just a part of who we are, our relationship is integral to our art. We will always continue to perform together, and we also have our own individual stories to tell. Michelle has an entire solo album called “La Luna”.
You were both recently on the fun and empowering Netflix series “GIRLBOSS” as bandmates Stacie and Stephanie. What was the experience like on set?
Macedo: We love the entire message behind the show, and were instantly attracted to the characters and the series. It’s all about female empowerment and portraying women as human beings who are messy and flawed as opposed to an impossible ideal women have to live up to. We play a band on the show called “Animated Discussion.” We are the lead singers/guitarists of the band and Johnny Simmons (Shane) is our drummer.
Our favorite part on working on GIRLBOSS was getting to work with all of the kickass women. Not only is Kay Cannon extremely intelligent, but she is witty and incredibly kind. Britt Robertson and Ellie Reed are so kind, talented and hard working. It was truly an honor to watch all of these amazing women work. Honestly, the whole thing was memorable, but the kindness of all of the ladies in charge really stuck with us.
We love the entire message behind the show and were instantly attracted to the characters and the series. It’s all about female empowerment and portraying women as human beings who are messy and flawed as opposed to an impossible ideal women have to live up to. – Macedo on GIRLBOSS
Where does your motivation come from to perform?
Macedo: We come from a very musical family and were exposed to all different styles of music. We both started out playing the piano. Our dad was our first teacher and we hated to practice, but our mom really pushed us to stick with it. After that, we really developed as storytellers. I think we both find so much power and beauty in the human condition and in empathy. We have felt this calling since we were little, and knew we wanted to just go for it so we did! We have always loved it!
What do you want people to experience from your music?
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💙Huge thanks for all of the support of our latest live acoustic video “Sea of You”💙It was an incredibly cathartic song to write about an abusive past relationship 🌊 Thanks to @groundsounds for premiering the video💫 We can’t wait to share the rest of the album on Feb 2nd 🌟 📽 @clearlakerecording . . #survivor #seaofyou #macedo #macedomusic #metoo #livemusic #acoustic #piano #pianodriven #lyrics #harmony #harmonies #twins #duo #laband #indiemusic #clearlakerecordingstudios #recordingstudios #instudio
Macedo: We really hope our music connects with people, and helps people to empower themselves. We hope it helps people if they are feeling isolated or disconnected. I think the message of the music is to accept imperfections, and that humans are incredibly resilient and beautiful as they are. If the song speaks to one person or helps one person connect to themselves in a way they haven’t before, I think it’s worth it.
If Macedo could perform with one singer or band from the past or present who would it be and why?
Macedo: We are so inspired by Nina Simone. She was a powerful performer who had such emotional depth and incredible technique. It would be amazing to be in a writing session with her, and witness her process first hand. She had such a gift to articulate her message in the most authentic way.
What strict advice would each of you give to your younger selves?
Macedo: This is a great question. I think the advice we would give is to try and enjoy the journey and not be so hard on ourselves. To pursue your dreams can feel very exhausting and hopeless at times, but I would say that’s all part of the process. Keep going!
What’s upcoming for Macedo?
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Macedo: We are so excited for what’s to come. We will be announcing some live shows coming up soon. We also just wrapped lead roles in an incredible feature film in New York called “Sara”. It was an amazing experience and the cast (Marc Menchaca, Drew Fonteiro, Tyler Dash White) and crew were incredible. That is all we can say so far, but stay tuned on our Instagram and we will be announcing more soon!
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Macedo – Ghost Town Album Available on Spotify