Jay Som performs songs from 'Anak Ko' at The Current

Jay Som performs 'Get Well' from the 2019 album, 'Anak Ko,' live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Jay Som - Peace Out (Live at The Current) 04:02
  • Jay Som - Anak Ko (Live at The Current) 04:42
  • Jay Som - Get Well (Live at The Current) 04:22

Melina Duterte, better known by her artist moniker Jay Som, grew up in Los Angeles, her parents Filipino immigrants whose Tagalog language provided the basis for Jay Som's latest album, Anak Ko, which means "my child."

After playing a show at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis, Jay Som and her band visited The Current studio for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

Anak Ko is Jay Som's fourth studio album. She burst onto the scene as a DIY artist, releasing music she recorded at home, playing all the instruments. Since then, Jay Som has gone on to produce other artists. Meanwhile, her own production methods have become more formalized. "I feel like I'm still adjusting, but it was a little easier this time," she says of recording what became Anak Ko. "I feel like I'm getting better and have more time."

Long term, Jay Som sees a future for herself that leans more toward music production versus touring. "I'd rather record all the time; I really want a studio," she says. "Maybe in the future."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session with Jay Som.

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Songs Performed


"Peace Out"
"Anak Ko"
"Get Well"
All songs from Jay Som's 2019 album, Anak Ko, available on Polyvinyl Records.

Hosted by Mac Wilson
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Corey Schreppel and Anna Havermann
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

Jay Som - official site

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    Jay Som performs in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jay Som in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Maxine Garcia's keyboards in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jay Som performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jay Som adjusts her effects in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Maxine Garcia's keyboard labeled 'Jay Som' set up in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Maxine Garcia performing with Jay Som in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Maxine Garcia performs with Jay Som in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jay Som - aka Melina Duterte - tunes her guitar in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)