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March 3, 2022

Interview with Alexa Villa

We had the pleasure of interviewing Alexa Villa over Zoom video!

While her classmates were playing with Barbies, Los Angeles-based Bubble Rockstress Alexa Villa was playing on The Warped Tour. She has opened for acts including Hinds, The Darkness,...

We had the pleasure of interviewing Alexa Villa over Zoom video!

While her classmates were playing with Barbies, Los Angeles-based Bubble Rockstress Alexa Villa was playing on The Warped Tour. She has opened for acts including Hinds, The Darkness, Drake Bell, and Ryan Cabrera to name a few and has honed her craft as the sharp yet charismatic artist she is today.

With influences ranging from Miley Cyrus, Yungblud, 5SOS, Willow Smith, and Halsey to Gwen Stefani, and Alanis Morissette, the singer/songwriter/classically-trained pianist and producer empowers the listener to embrace their madness and be authentically imperfect, loud and abrupt. She also expresses individuality through fashion and works with various brands to further create her own world.

Alexa's new single is entitled "Good Girl". Says Villa, "I wrote 'Good Girl' about all the times I felt I was not taken seriously as a woman in my industry and in my relationships. I wrote it about all the times I've felt confused about my place in the world and the times I felt like I needed to hide. I wrote this song to redefine what a 'Good Girl' is. I've caught myself and I've seen so many of my friends, strong and beautiful women, altering themselves to fit inside the box that was created for us. Why do we have to wear pink, have the perfect body, or be quiet and look pretty to be feminine? And if we do live outside the box why do we as women then become stereotypes? I wrote this song at a time when I was frustrated and angry about the rules. Rules that were so clearly made to be broken. I don't have to be anything but myself to be a woman. I wake up everyday and get to decide who I want to be. That's what this song is about."

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Helllo. It is Adam. Welcome back to bringing it backwards. A podcast where both legendary and rising artists tell their own personal stories of how they achieve stardom. On this episode, we had a chance to chat with Alexa via over zoom video. Alexa was born and raised in San Diego, which is awesome to meet a fellow San Diego. When she grew up in Oceanside and her parents were actually in a band. So growing up, her and her brother would go see her parents play at different venues in San Diego. Go to practice, go to the studio with them. Her brother's also a musician. So she is a little bit younger than him. So growing up, she would actually jump on his band songs and sing vocals for him, which is pretty rad for an older brother to do. 0 (1m 40s): Alexis started playing piano at a very early age, classically trained around six, seven years old. She formed her own band in high school and had the opportunity to play war-torn San Diego. She talked about moving to Los Angeles and starting her own solo project. We talk about the release of her first record, act one and all about her most recent songs and the EAP she has coming out called good girl. You can watch her interview with Alexa on our Facebook page and YouTube channel at bringing it backwards. It would be awesome if you subscribe to our channel like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Tik TOK at bringing back pod. And if you're listening to this on Spotify or apple music, it would be amazing if you follow us there as well. 0 (2m 23s): And, and if you have time, hook us up with a five star review, 3 (2m 28s): I appreciate your support. If you follow and subscribe to our podcasts, wherever you listen to, 0 (2m 34s): We're bringing it backwards with Alexa via. So this is about you and your journey and music. And we'll talk about the new music you have out and, and how you got to where you are now. 1 (2m 45s): Awesome. That sounds great. 0 (2m 46s): Sweet. Originally from Montgomery or Monterey, California. 1 (2m 51s): San Diego. 0 (2m 53s): Oh, you're from Sandy. That's where I'm from. I'm going to shit. I swear. I grew up in like Poway area. 4 (3m 0s): I'm from the, where Oceanside is. 0 (3m 3s): I do know where Oceanside is north of me. Yeah. 4 (3m 6s): We're neighbors. 0 (3m 7s): That's so crazy. I don't live there now, but I used to, I mean, I lived in San Diego for pretty much my entire life. I lived in San Francisco for about five years to do radio and then I moved back to San Diego, but now I live in Nashville. 4 (3m 21s): Oh my gosh. I'm going to Nashville next month. And the second time. Oh, cool. Stoked. Yes. 0 (3m 27s): Yeah. I moved here in my family about almost a year ago, actually coming up within a month. 4 (3m 34s): I loved it when I went out there. It's so it's such a different vibe, but like so creative and just, I love it. 0 (3m 41s): Yeah. It's definitely the Southern charm to it, but it's still like pretty, I mean, it's obviously like music city, so it's amazing. 4 (3m 48s): Yeah. There was so much music. It's like all we did when we were there last time, so I'm very excited to go back. 0 (3m 53s): Cool. Oh, well, so you're from San Diego. That's amazing. Talk to me about that. Obviously. I know a bit about San Diego, but all you have to say about it. 4 (4m 1s): Yeah. I don't live there anymore either. I actually live in LA, but I grew up there and my whole background is there. So I loved, I loved, I loved growing up there. I grew up like basically on the beach every day. It's like my thing. I'm playing music every day and it just, I, I like, I love LA for what I'm doing now. It's just, there's more room, I think for community. And like in the music world, obviously. Yes. Like more freedom, I think to just like, be a little, like, you know, more wild with my fashion here or like, whatever. So, but I loved growing up in San Diego is beautiful. 0 (4m 41s): Did you all, how did you get the music real quick? I'm curious on that, but then I want to talk about San Diego, just growing up in the music scene in San Diego because that's 4 (4m 49s): Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I got into music cause well, my parents were in a band, but growing up, like that's how they met. So yeah. Yeah. 0 (4m 59s): Let's hear about the fan. Did they, did they play when you were born and everything? So, 4 (5m 3s): Yep. My brother, my brother and I started taking like guitar lessons and piano lessons at six and seven. So we like, they were still playing in their bands and we'd go to their shows and stuff. Just like local places. It's funny. Cause I always joke about how I grew up in dive bars or whatever, which sounds gnarlier than it is. But we just would like watch them play music and play like the arcade games and stuff and go to their rehearsals. We always stopped at like 8:00 PM on the way to their band practice. And we got, we got like a hot dog and Gatorade, like went to band practice and play, watch them rehearse and then watch their shows. And yeah. So I started taking piano lessons at age seven and then did all the recital, you know, my recitals, the theater in school and then started my own band, you know, in high school. 4 (5m 53s): So it just kind of like brought me, brought me where I am now, 0 (5m 56s): Where whereabouts did your parents play? I'm just curious, 4 (5m 59s): Just like local places. Like they'd play like hoops and brick by brick and yeah, just like all those, like I can't even, gosh, to just all those that, 0 (6m 12s): You know, 4 (6m 14s): It's crazy. 0 (6m 16s): Have you ever played, did you play those venues also? Cause I mean, there's only so many in San Diego that you could really play at. 4 (6m 23s): Yeah. I mean, I think we have played some of the same places like bars crossing and stuff. Like, yeah, we definitely, it's just funny. It's cause it's two different, obviously very different generations. So yeah. 0 (6m 36s): They still do the band or the, 4 (6m 38s): No, they still definitely have a passion for it. I literally was just texting like my dad the other day and he's like, oh, ready to open mic. So they went into like an open mic and we're just like having fun with it, but they don't, they don't like still play out. 0 (6m 50s): That's cool though. That's really cool. You classically trained on piano and then did you do voice lessons and everything else too? 4 (6m 59s): I didn't have voice lessons. I think it took like maybe a couple one-off lessons just to like get some like technique. But my, because my mom was a singer, I just, she kind of, she wasn't properly trained either, but she just was incredibly helpful and helpful. Yeah. Yeah. She just had like lots of great tips and she'd say like four hours a night. So she like would she's amazing. So yeah, she, she was really helpful. 0 (7m 27s): Did you, when did you start writing songs yourself? 4 (7m 31s): I started writing songs when I was, well, when I was on piano, like when I started piano at seven, I, I think I started writing like piano songs, like do one. Yeah, yeah. Just cause my, you know, I saw my parents do it and it was just like, I thought that was like the norm, like everyday or, you know, so I was just like, you know, writing melodies and then I was also really into poetry. So I would like, you know, go sit under trees and write poetry. And then when I started, when I realized like you can put like the two and two together, it makes a song. Like I was like, oh my gosh, this is so great. So there's like two of my favorite things to do just to, and then put it together. And then I think my dad is really encouraging, like to like encourage me to like learn like El John's songs, like learn other people's songs. 4 (8m 18s): And that really taught me like how to like format them, you know, by learning other people's songs. Yeah. So yeah, from day one really 0 (8m 28s): Well you started a band, you said in high school was that the first time you are playing your own songs to people, 4 (11m 41s): Yeah. I sang in my brother's bands before that. I think the first time I like sang in like a studio properly, I was like 12 or something. Cause he had his fans before me 0 (11m 53s): And yeah. 4 (11m 56s): A few years. So he, he against as well. My dad would always be like, like your sister saying, I went to the studio and got to like learn a little bit about that. And then my dogs come out. So he, I got to learn a little bit about that. And he, and then yeah, my, I started my own band in high school and it was actually a very different from what it is now. It was very like, I guess you could just call it straight up. Like it was just rock, you know, they did like work tour and that kind of thing. Yeah. 0 (12m 32s): I talked to you about that. I did read that. Well, in your brother's band, you sang for his band or you just kinda got the jump in a little bit. When like in the studio, 4 (12m 42s): I got to jump in a little bit and then when they played show is I'd like, you know, sit in for a song or two kind of thing. 0 (12m 49s): What would he play around San Diego as well? 4 (12m 52s): He played drawn San Diego. He played up in LA a little bit. He started to, and yeah, he was doing it. And then he, I think he ended up joining like another band and they did like a different 0 (13m 4s): Path or something. Yeah. Music 4 (13m 7s): He's he is, he's like, you know, working with a lot of like guitar companies and stuff like that and doing like touring with other bands and stuff like that. Oh really? Yeah. So it's, it's cool. Cause I can like, you know, we'll, we'll kind of like write for each other's projects sometimes and it's it's fun. Yeah. 0 (13m 26s): That is awesome. So you started in high school, ended up doing work tour. 4 (13m 30s): We played in the San Diego venue. So, so it was really cool. I remember like being backstage and like Haley Williams, like slapping my hand before she went up to perform, it was like the coolest moment at the time. I was like freaking out. 0 (13m 47s): Pretty amazing. Right. It was, yeah, 4 (13m 49s): It was amazing. It was just like the best experience I learned so much and got to see everything like up close and it was really cool. 0 (13m 58s): How old were you when you played oratory? 4 (14m 2s): Gosh, I was like 16 or something. 0 (14m 7s): Yeah. Like how did you get on the show? Is that one of those like battled the band things and you like when in advance to be able to play. Okay. Where was that? How did that all take place or did that take place like Selma? 4 (14m 19s): Oh my gosh. That's so funny. Oh my gosh. Yes. I don't know if this exactly. Like, I can't remember if this exact situation involves Soma, but I've definitely played Zumba. It's so funny. That was like, that was the place to be, you know, 0 (14m 36s): It, I mean, it had so many, I'm probably much older than you, but it was like four or five variations of it. It always kept moving around when they put the one at sports arena, which is, I think at the, still the one that's still there. That was like huge mean that was the place. If you're an Ali, if you wanted to play knowledge show at the time there wasn't past blues, observatory didn't exist. There was no place. 4 (15m 2s): Yeah. I didn't actually, I don't think I played that one, but I played epicenter all the time. All the time 0 (15m 7s): Epicenter too. And that place 4 (15m 9s): All did it. I don't, I haven't heard about it in a very long time, but all my friends would come out cause it was like, you know, w no, none of us could drink. It was like all, like, we were all like so young and like just ridiculous. Yeah. It was so much fun. 0 (15m 24s): I saw so many awesome bands play at the epicenter. It's like crazy to think like, 4 (15m 29s): Is there like every weekend? It's just like, in my mind, I'm like, oh my gosh, I play there so much. It's ridiculous. 0 (15m 33s): They used to get such good bands. It was, I can't think of it. It feels like then it was like such a big place. But now thinking like really, it probably only holds like a hundred something people. 4 (15m 44s): Yeah. Yeah. I remember opening for like new year's day and like, they're like huge now. Like, you know, it was just, it's just crazy to see like, like the progression of all these bands that like started, we kind of started the same place. 0 (15m 55s): Awesome epicenter. Oh man. That was a great spot. I think, from what I heard it's cause I used to work on 91 X before I moved here to, 4 (16m 6s): I used to love anyone ex 0 (16m 10s): Well, when I was there, I, somebody told me like the news Baroque that the epicenter was closing. It was such a bummer. I'm not closing, but I think they just stopped doing shows. I should say 4 (16m 23s): You got to get it up and running again. 0 (16m 25s): There's really no spots like for all ages. Not a whole lot in San Diego anymore. Well, okay. So you got to play it, you did a battle of the bands. Do you remember the battle of the bands and winning and being like, well, I get to play warp tour. 4 (16m 38s): Yeah, I remember it was, it was kind of like an online thing. I think it was like, I just remember being like super stoked that like we did it, it was like just the coolest feeling to be like, oh my gosh, we're going here and doing this. And like, I remember showing up so early and like, we all like all four of us in the whole band we'd bring like our phones and headphones so that like, we, we could like walk around to everybody waiting in line to get in and we'd be like, listen to her songs. Like, look, we're going to play here at this time at this stage. And like, hear it, listen to it now and see if you like it and come over and say like, we were just like hustling, like trying to get everybody to like come to our stage. And like, it was, it was just, it was so much fun. 4 (17m 19s): It was just such a cool experience to like learn from, and to like meet people that were participating and meet other bands. And like, it was just, yeah, it was awesome. 0 (17m 28s): That's so cool. That was like a dream of mine and terrible bands I played. And I was like, oh my gosh. It's like world tour. Even like the, you know, the smaller stage or whatever. It was like young it to that as a kid was like, so 4 (17m 41s): It was as if the agents, like, it was huge, you know what I mean? Like just being there, it was like even the smallest date. It's just, it's huge. So, 0 (17m 48s): Yeah. It's just that the, I mean, you're you have the artist's path, right? Like I'm playing warped. Like that's just like another level 4 (17m 57s): I do. I remember like walking in from the back gate and like going down this long hill and like, people are rolling in their gear. It was like, oh my gosh. 0 (18m 6s): Yeah. So is that what happened with that band? That just stop you guys just stops. 4 (18m 11s): Yeah. I, at the time, I think after that, when like our drummer ended up moving across the country to go to school and then like, you know, this guitar player did this, decided to do something else. And like everybody just went different directions. Yeah. And then I wanted to continue doing music and I wanted to explore other like genres and stuff and like kind of do like, just play with, you know, more. Cause I, you know, when you're writing with a band, I you're kind of, I love writing bands, but at the time it was like hard to have like a voice, the voice that I wanted to have, if that makes sense to 0 (18m 50s): Take everyone else's opinions into consideration. Right. Yeah. 4 (18m 53s): And I think that I didn't write so much of the music at the time. Cause that was like their job. And so I wrote all the vocals and stuff, but I like, I, you know, after that I got to be really like hands-on and do exactly what I wanted, which is kind of cool. That's cool. 0 (19m 7s): Yeah. What was the name of your band? If you don't mind me asking, if you don't want to tell me now I'd love to hear after. Cause I want to know if I remember seeing your name on like a flyer or anything 4 (19m 17s): It's called oversoul 0 (19m 19s): Oversoul okay. I don't, I don't remember that. So I was going to say, 4 (19m 25s): Don't look it up. Don't look it up. It's not in that. 0 (19m 29s): Well, I'm just curious. Well, it's a high school band. I mean, there's not many that really get further than high school. Yeah. That's that's okay. So when you graduated, is that when you moved to LA, like tell me about getting from San Diego to LA. 4 (19m 43s): I it's not, when I moved to LA, actually I like stayed home and like put all of my, I went to school to like learn. I just learned like recording arts and I took a music business class and stayed in San Diego, just like community school, nothing fancy. And like, this is yeah. Nothing, nothing did that learned more about, you know, I just wanted to learn everything so I could be, I I've just always been obsessed with music. So I'm like, I want to learn everything there is to know. So I learned music, business, recording arts, got a job and started saving. So I could pay for like recording and, and like videos and stuff. 4 (20m 27s): So I wanted to put everything I had into my first, like my style, like I was started out, you know, I was starting to figure out like, play with my sound and learn about like what I wanted to do. Like as an artist, after being in a band with like three other dudes, I wanted to like kind of find my voice a little bit more. And so I really focused on, you know, developing that and like trying to figure out what I wanted to say. And then, you know, after, after that I had, you know, after I had like a batch of songs, I like, that's when I like moved up here and just started playing and singing. Like I would just go to like any venue that I had, you know, everybody's heard of the Viper room, so I'd go there and like, see what was up. I heard about a jam night, any jam nights that there were, I would just go with myself and like try to like meet people and like, just say, Hey, to like everyone watch, you know, just do the thing and like go to every band's show that I could and like go out and sing as much as I could. 4 (21m 20s): Yeah. So that's kind of how I got up here. And, and also before it, before I moved, while I was living in San Diego, my uncle, you know, luckily enough lived in Hollywood. So I could crash at his pad. Like I would come up here and like work with producers and studios and like just, you know, I'd meet, meet people online. It was just so like ridiculous now to like think I met somebody online and then met them in person. It was just sounds like crazy. But I would come here and be pretty high out here and like sleep on his couch and then like go to meet producers and then like, you know, try and find my way around. And, and yeah, it was, it was kind of fun when he, when I look back at it. 0 (21m 55s): Yeah. I mean, that was just the time. Right? I mean, you, people, I remember people would find band members on like craziness or just anywhere in my space. And when you couldn't really do too much of a deep dive into people, like now you can obviously just like Instagram and then your whole life and Facebook or whatever 4 (22m 13s): People now. But like at the time I think, yeah, it was like, it was like MySpace and Facebook. 0 (22m 18s): Yeah, you're right. And there's no other way to like really see who this person was that you're showing up to. That's just that. So you started what your, your solo project in San Diego. And then when you had a batch of songs, that's when you moved up to, or took it up to LA and tried to get something going there. 4 (22m 34s): Yeah. I always say like my, the project that I have now kind of started more recently. Cause when I was doing that in San Diego, I was so like, I was trying all kinds of different genres and I was like playing with so many different sounds and stuff. And so it, you know, I, it was like very transitional for me. 0 (22m 51s): Okay. When do you say, when you, you put out a record called is act one a record, you put it on like 2017 or something. Was that when you felt like you had like your sound developed enough to be like, I'm going to go in and record these songs? 4 (23m 5s): Yeah, I think so. Because that was more of like, even looking at those songs. Some of them I'm like cringe, you know, I think I always do that. I always look back at being as late, but, but yeah, I think so like wanted was like very, it felt very me. I think like I had been, you know, I wanted to be like really honest and like not try to be anything and not try to like, be like something. I just wanted to be like, very honest with the music and honest, but like the vocal, the lyrics. And, and in doing that, I, I think I was able to like dive even deeper and like, you know, have the sound that I have now. So, and besides like, I like to like evolve always anyways, but at the time I think wanted, felt like the most me. 4 (23m 49s): Okay. 0 (23m 50s): And did you kind of run with that sound then after the fact, the song on the record? Right. And then you, after the record comes out, are you doing, did you release the album and you're in LA? 4 (24m 4s): I think I was still in San Diego. I can't remember. I don't remember if I was here or there, because I was up here. I was like couch surfing so much. So I was like, was I living here yet or not? So I can't remember actually that's the question, 0 (24m 18s): But it came out obviously. And then are you when, when you move to LA or is it, you talked about hustling, you know, going to different venues and trying to meet as many people as you can. And then do you start landing shows and what's kind of the next part of this story? 4 (24m 31s): Yeah. I just started digging, booking shows and like just local stuff and like finding like the cool ones and like, you know, meeting people and like going to their shows and trying to like write with people and like meet other producers. It's like, I think I, I do a lot of production and stuff, a lot of my own production, but I there's always something about like working with somebody to like finish it and like Polish it that like, I think is important for me anyways, for my, for my stuff. If I produce for somebody else, it's so weird. Cause I can be detached from it and I can say like call it finished. But for me, like whenever it's like my song and I produce it, it's like never done. So it's, it's really helpful to like, so that process was kind of challenging. Also. It's like finding like the right producers that was kinda like the next step to like keep writing music after wanted, came out and stuff. 4 (25m 18s): And then I, you know, after the shows and I really wanted to obviously continue writing. So it's like finding the right producer is kind of like dating. Cause it's like, you work with somebody and then like, oh, but it's not right. And then you got to work somebody else and like, oh, it's not right. I don't know. Maybe it's just me. 0 (25m 34s): No, I've heard that before. Right. You've got to figure out what, who, you're going to gel with the best to make sure that you want to make. Yeah. This guy's a producer. Yeah. We'll just force this and I'm making something. I don't really like that. 4 (25m 49s): So that, that, that was like a long process that took a while I think. And I'm very thankful for like people now that I'm working with. They're awesome. So yeah, that's kind of probably the next thing that happened. 0 (26m 2s): Yeah. I saw that you played the jam in the van, which is such a cool thing. I love those. 4 (26m 7s): I love the gym. I loved him. And man, like when I, when I found out I was doing that was like so excited and then you get there and it's like, cause I've seen like every game in the van video. 0 (26m 18s): Yeah. 4 (26m 18s): It looks so big inside on the camp, on, on YouTube. It's like, looks huge. And then you get there. It's like, oh my gosh. So how do they do this? Like all the time. It's it's how do they build that? I don't know. It's amazing. Right? Yeah. It was really, really, really fun. 0 (26m 31s): Did you, did you have a band at that time when you did it, you get your band together? 4 (26m 39s): Jonas is like my drummer, who I've been playing with forever. He was like probably the first, he was the first one in this project with me and he's played like 95% of my shows with me. He's just so solid. He's like my family he's so good. He's amazing. And how did I meet him? I think I just met him through friends and like other people I was jamming with. And, and then he kind of introduced me to some other players. You just meet, you just meet people and you become friends and then it's just like, and then you start playing together or, or vice versa, you start playing together and then become friends. It's just so just a lot of that, like playing with people and like, 0 (27m 16s): Do you feel like you have like a group now that's like kind of your, your band band, like solidified thing. 4 (27m 25s): Yeah. I have like several people actually that I'll play with just depending on like dates, you know, when people are available or not and be able to, you know, that kind of thing. Yeah. So there, I, I definitely have like a core group of people that I turn to you that are amazing. 0 (27m 39s): That's awesome. And where were you at? I love what you're doing. I mean, we'll talk about good girl, the most recent one, but I'm curious, where were you at? Or were you in LA when COVID happened? How did that affect the songs that ended up coming on 2020? 4 (27m 56s): Yes, I was in LA when that happened and I am very fortunate because I, because my living situation, I live with three housemates and we have, we live in a duplex there's we have a backyard and then there are only four people upstairs. So it's just very small group of people that live here. And so we had each other, we were never like fully alone for the time for the whole lockdown for super fortunate and we'd have backyards. So we didn't feel like super stuck. And it was honestly just, it was, it was not, it was hard in that, like all the venues were stock, you know, shut down and like my entire, like, you know, I was singing four or five nights a week, as much as I could really just like any, any venue in Hollywood downtown, like anywhere I could. 4 (28m 43s): And then all that just came to a halt obviously. But like being home, I was able to really like, just focus on writing and that's when I wrote most of these songs. And I think that they got delayed a lot because of the lockdown, because of the, you know, everything was, you know, remote. And so, and I'm such like a hands on person. I like want to be there and like, I want to see it. I want to be like in person and I, you know, for the writing, for the production for all of it, obviously that can happen, but it was just ideal. And so a lot of it was remote, which was totally, you know, cool everybody's doing 0 (29m 18s): When you're able to what? Right. Remote. Or were you recording the songs remote as well? 4 (29m 23s): I would both, but for, for this EPA, for the new, the new songs for like good girl and stuff, I wrote them here, like right here 0 (29m 34s): And 4 (29m 36s): Yeah, probably. Yeah, actually this is my living room and I don't know my dog. Like I she's going to go nuts. He, yeah. So I wrote them here. And then we would, I do a lot of, like I said, a lot of my production, so I would produce that as long as to a stopping point and then send bounce out all those tracks and then like send them to a producer and they would, you know, kind of finesse them and Polish and kind of finish, finish everything. 4 (31m 33s): And so, yeah, I mean the process was very different, but it, it definitely got delayed because of everything that happened, you know, ideally I'm such an impatient person. I'm like, it's done, let's put it out. Right. The second everybody's like, no, there needs to be like a process and like, yeah. You're okay. But yeah, it was, it was it's it was, it's a fun learning process for sure. 0 (31m 55s): And then you've put, like, I was gonna say you put out a couple or a handful of songs last year, too, right? I mean, you can put a song out in Spanish. Tell me about that one. 4 (32m 6s): So my half of my family is from Mexico, so, and like my great grandparents are from Spain and stuff. So I have a Latin side of me and it's, it's always been like a passion of mine and like Stacy, one of the, the woman that I'm working with, she's incredible. She suggested doing it. And so it was just a, such a cool process to take the song that I already written. I wrote it in English first and then to take it and then kind of, you know, I grew up learning Spanish, going to my grandma's house and like, you know, being around that side of my family. So to take it. Yeah, I know. Yeah. So, you know, my grandma didn't speak any English. 4 (32m 46s): So growing up, I learned it in school, in San Diego. So I was fluent then. And so it just was really cool to like reconnect with that side of my family and like, you know, I like got my dad to kind of like, you know, I play, I played it for him first just to be like, Hey look, you know, cause he was he's from there. So it was, it was really cool. It was very special. 0 (33m 7s): That is cool. Was it hard to translate the, the lyrics? So it made sense melodically. 4 (33m 15s): It was challenging kind of, but it wasn't like crazy difficult. It wasn't like as hard as I thought it would be really. Cause you can just, a lot of the words are longer in Spanish. I think. So I just like eliminated some and just kind of finessed it a little and, and I love playing with words. Like I love playing with words. So it was, it was, it was actually really fun. Like more than it was like difficult. I think 0 (33m 37s): That's cool. That's awesome. And will tell me what the new one, they just put out, this is going to be part of an EPE set. 4 (33m 42s): So yeah. So good girl. The EPS called good girl, or if I'm supposed to tell you that yet. 0 (33m 51s): Thank you. I appreciate knowing you heard it here first 4 (33m 56s): And it's coming out very soon. So that's another thing is like I wrote so many songs over the lockdown that we have like probably too many for the EAP. So I'd probably have to pull a couple of hold, hold them, but I have so many, so many songs that I want to want to put out that are I'm super, super excited to share. And it's just kind of like each song is about just, I guess, just coming from a different area of my life, like, you know, call me crazy is the first thing that we released. That's just about feeling like you don't fit in and feeling like, you know, I've always felt that way. Kind of like how I, I'm just very, I'm very loud. I'm very hyper. 4 (34m 36s): And like, I feel like I've, I've always felt like I can be like a lot for people. So that's kinda what great call me crazy is about. And just like stepping into that who you are and just like kind of owning it and good girl that just came out is also just about like finding your voice as like a woman in the world and, you know, commanding like, you know, just demanding your, your space and just saying like, this is me. So a lot of it is just very like, you know, stepping into who you are. And then there are some songs on the AP that are fun, just fun about like, you know, relationships that I've had that are kind of fun on there. So it's, it's just coming from different points, points. My license, some of the songs are about like relationships that I was currently having. 4 (35m 17s): Some were about like past relationships. Some are just like fun. So that's a little bit of everything. 0 (35m 23s): I like the song, the first few that you've put out on the record. So it makes you interested and excited to hear the rest of it. 4 (35m 30s): Thank you so much. I'm I'm super stoked. I've been waiting like all quarantined 0 (35m 37s): Finished before what this year obviously are all the songs done. Okay. So it's just a matter of how it's all going to kind of come out and be packaged. 4 (35m 47s): Yes. I'm very, very happy and excited and the visuals are super fun for me too. So it's like fun to like put everything together. And I love like styling. I love styling the, the shoots and like the videos and like it's also just like a really, really fun creative process for me. Like the songs always just have like a clear picture in my head, like for what I, for what I want to see is just really fun. 0 (36m 7s): So you can already see the video kind of coming together as your, as the song is being created. 4 (36m 12s): Yeah. I think like, usually I have like, usually the song will just like spark something that I like am like, this is what, this is what this is like telling me to do. But you know, it just depends on like what you can and can't do, you know, in Hollywood or in the location or whatever. 0 (36m 29s): Yeah, 4 (36m 31s): Exactly. Yeah. I'm always like, can we do this? And like, yeah, if you have like a million dollars, it just depends. But, but that part is always so much fun for me too. I just, I love it. 0 (36m 44s): Very cool. Very cool. Are you doing any shows or have you had a chance to play any shows since everything's shut down? 4 (36m 50s): I've played it. I played a few actually, which has been so nice. The first one I played back, I played 'em in August, so it was my first one back after everything. And it was just like, oh my gosh, like it gave me so much life. I was like, I forgot how amazing this is. It was so much fun, 0 (37m 7s): Nervous at all. And to come back or is that not even a thing? 4 (37m 12s): I don't know if I was nervous. I was, I oops. Hey, I don't know if I was nervous. I think it's more like more just like, like just disbelief or something that I'm like, I can't believe we're here or like doing this again. It's been so long, but definitely like the anticipation, like up until like you actually get there and start singing. It was like crazy. It was just like 0 (37m 42s): A lot of nerves until it's until you start. Yeah. Very cool. Well, thank you so much for doing this. I really appreciate it. 4 (37m 53s): Well, 0 (37m 53s): Real quick before I let you go, I want to know if you have any advice for aspiring artists. 4 (37m 58s): Of course, I think that too much is not enough. If you ever feel like you're too much, you're not, you should just be exactly who you are. Should never be afraid to look stupid because or silly. Cause it takes, you know, it just, you're going to learn so much from it and you're gonna grow and it doesn't matter what people think. It matters that you keep trying new things and to not let anybody ever get in your way or stop you or make you believe that you can't do it.