Damn Monday Sessions are weekly music sessions crafted with love to illuminate Mondays.
I am the human who make the sessions: my name is Ana Cárdenas, from Spain. I am a benevolent creator. Mother of one. Beauty lover. Chef at home. I do graphic and web design for a living. And I can’t go a day without music.
This project began in April 2013 thanks to my friend Rubén López, who encouraged me to do something with our common adiction to music. So I started to make some music playlists. He later interviewed me in his latest project’s magazine It Reminds Me Of Something, a gallery-store of absolutely marvellous objects in Barcelona, named like this because of one of my sessions (I feel so honored!). He asked me to explain a bit more about what is this all about. It can be read it here (in Spanish).
I am doing this non-stop every Monday for more than three years now. For me is somehow like when, back in the day, I used to carefully craft a mixed cassette tape or cd for a friend or crush. I like to tell a story, sometimes personal and often mysterious, in each session. The image is fundamental, defining. The title suggests, explains or brings up some kind of truth. And above all, the songs weave the story. I do all this alone and, concerning the songs, let me emphasize: I am human, not a robot or an algorithm.
The spirit of the project, present from the beginning, is to be a Radio: compile every week an hour of music with the songs of independent musicians, mostly undiscovered, and the publications of small record labels, …well, sometimes the big or emblematic ones, but always trying to stay away from mainstream.
Discover new music is a very powerful emotion. I hope it is as much for you as it is for me and and this helps to illuminate your Monday.