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Interview by CREATE.Digital Music Staff
As a female, LGBTQ+, Puerto Rican, artist, and songwriter, what does your music represent?
My music represents all kinds of things, I think it’s more a question of what I’m representing in the moment, being from such a diverse background, my music doesn’t always typically have 1 politic. I would say as a Gay woman I definitely make sure I always express the fact that I have a female in mind when I’m writing about love or sex. I think for me it’s important to be able to be your authentic self and express your true intentions and where your heart lies. I think the worst suppression’s upcoming artist go thru is having to really push the essence of who they are to the side in order to please the labels. We are in a time and age were it’s essential to stay true to yourself. Now being an islander I think I mainly represent culture, mainly my culture of course but I respect and admire all cultures and being able to shout at the top of my lungs that I am proud of my ethnicity is essential for me.
You are bilingual. Explain the balance and approach needed for creating in both English and Spanish. I think being bi-lingual has actually been the best thing that has ever happened to me. Being born in the states and being taken back to PR , a place where pride thrives. It was definitely a culture shock coming back into the states at 8 years old. I remember walking to school with my mother and her teaching me how to pronounce the names of the streets properly and I think that’s where it really lies with me. Being able to make bi-lingual music and essentially projecting my upbringing is my balance. Finding a way to incorporate my native roots into the urban society. Taking a salsa note and running it into the ground on top of a hard trap drop, or taking a smooth r&b pop run and throwing it on top of a Afro-Cuban beat. I believe the essence of it just really identifies me as an individual...
You have deep roots in the Las Vegas community and are active in the culture. How have you integrated that into your music career? I definitely always point out the fact that I’m in Vegas, not from Vegas. Everything is Vegas Vegas Vegas. Mainly because most people think Vegas and they think gambling, casinos, strip...surface surface...blasé blasé. Most people don’t think Vegas has a true culture and I being from it know that information is absolutely incorrect. I think the dilemma thus far that Vegas has had with uprising artist is not the lack of talent in the city. It’s not the lack of support because any local or upcoming artist that’s came thru Vegas and performed at an open mic or a huge club know that the love the community gives is really all there. In my opinion where the disconnect happens is the follow thru. Vegas is yet to breed and artist that is able to make that staple and open those doors for everyone else to have the opportunity to shine and be seen. Especially in a city of performers where you have so many main stage shows and you have artist on the thrive in every corner of downtown. My goal is to be that artist that sews all the threads together and creates this beautiful fabric.
We know that in order to elevate and evolve, artists must diversify. What other business and creative ventures do you currently have? Well being a Latin urban artist I think you have this stigma of being kind of a rebel or bad child at one point In your career. The genre is looked upon as a rough and rugged one so needless to say sometimes I have to be that bad child, not in any major way but cannabis isn’t legal everywhere yet and it is still frowned upon in the white and blue collar communities. Ultimately I am into the healing and love it brings. I’m currently working on business ventures that hopefully I can get into more detail about soon. Also have some super dope merch dropping and just placing myself where I see opportunity fits. Lots of different avenues I’m currently exploring until something solid really flourishes.
How has your partnerships with Tribe Unity, LLC and CREATE.Digital Music impacted your vision for the next year? Oh my, I am beyond blessed to be partners with Tribe Unity LLC and CREATE.Digital Music. Let’s just say God is good and the universe has a way of placing you in the right place at the right time. If you are genuinely good to people unconditionally, that energy reciprocates. People can say what they want to say but I think it’s a proven fact that life at one point or another catches up with you. I think It’s all on us as individuals to make the type of decisions that will either make or break us. So with that being said I am beyond grateful for the Tribe that V Fuñe & Tiana Mcworther are working so hard to build me and CREATE.Digital Music is heaven sent. No more then ever I can’t taste my dreams coming true.
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