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DiDie parted ways with Oak Cliff in September and now resides in a short-term rental in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City.
She and her “best friend / life partner / musical collaborator” Teddy Georgia Waggy completed Sudie’s debut album there. They plan to stay there for at least two months, but it is possible that they will stay much longer.
The R&B pop singer / songwriter says she’s moved around a lot – “I’m a creative nomad now” – but she considers Oak Cliff to be at home.
If it’s surprising that this is Sudie’s debut album, it’s because she’s prolific, having released several EPs and numerous videos in recent years. She has released seven singles since 2019. Her latest EP, Better alone, has eight tracks and has already received more than 50,000 plays on Spotify.
She says she wrote most of the album, which she says will contain 12 to 15 songs, and that she recorded a few demos.
“I have a strategy and a plan to finish it and when I would like to release singles next year,” she said.
Sudie had planned to go to Mexico before the pandemic struck. Instead, she went to her parents’ house in Georgia for a while to work, save money, and plan her album. She has a day to day plan to work on the album in Mexico.
“I want this to be more of a concept album,” she said. “I collect works of art and get a good deadline to finish them. “
Born Sudie Abernathy into a musical family, she started playing music as a child and composed her “first silly song” when she was 4 years old. Singing lessons started at age 12 and she studied jazz, musicals and opera.
As a teenager, her family lived in Dubai, which allowed her to discover cultures and styles of music that she had never known before.
“I feel very lucky to have been able to experience this,” she says.
Musicians can no longer just play music. They must also be entertaining on social media, which Sudie is very good at.
“I love making little videos,” she says. “I’m obsessed with infomercials and that kind of vibe, so I love to create silly things like that. “
She recently completed an online music production course and she wants to do it all: sing, compose, produce, mix.
But that’s where his relationship with Waggy comes in.
“She and I cover blind spots really well,” she said. “It’s good because we fit together like puzzle pieces. “
On recording at Elmwood Studios
I love (producer) Alex Bhore so much. He is so magnificent. He is one of the few men in music to whom I would seriously entrust my life with him. He’s so encouraging and he knows what he’s talking about.
A song that reminds him of Oak Cliff
I mean, as blatant as it is, it has to be Quint Black and Nino’s “Oak Cliff”. Every time I go to a party in Dallas, even outside of Oak Cliff, and that song plays, it goes off.
An unforgettable moment in his musical career
When I got to Atlanta, and I was at a party here, someone I didn’t know came up to me and recognized me and said he liked my music. It was the last place I expected to be recognized for what I do. It was a really cool feeling.
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