Amy Winehouse affected my life tremendously. I think maybe she was the first sense of intimacy that I had with a complete stranger, musically speaking.
I thought, 'Maybe if I become a cheerleader, I can meet managers or agents. Maybe I can sing the national anthem at a game, and someone in the industry will hear me.' I saw everything as an opportunity to further my music. I was literally the cheerleader who had a mixtape in between her pom-poms at events.
I'm appreciating every single bit of success I get, no matter how small.
My God, it's laundry and family when I come back home. I've got to see my brother and kids, and my sister-in-law, my aunts, my uncles, cousins; everybody is here.
I love being in the woods, when I can just walk barefoot in the grass and just sit down and breathe. I love that so much.
I ended up moving to Miami and bartending, but the party atmosphere is a black hole down there. People party all the time, and if you're working in the industry, you're sleeping all day and at the club all night, day after day.
To be blunt, I feel like lyricism in Spanish is of a different quality than English. You can get really poetic in Spanish, but I feel like if you do that in English, you risk sounding cheesy. In Spanish, it's never that. It's always this deep, passionate, beautiful imagery; it's painted different, a different color.
I purposely try to make my music cinematic. I try to inspire visuals even though I'm only an instrument of sound.
Luckily, everyone that I've collaborated with, everyone that has been willing to offer guidance and advice, they've all been dope people.
I feel like it's dangerous to get complacent and celebrate too much... You can't get comfortable.
Some people's parents listened to the Beatles... but my family is Alquimia, Celia Cruz, and Carlos Vives - this old, rich Colombian music. I loved hearing that while I was growing up.
I've been debating with people over what an album actually means in 2018. Certain artists who have paid their dues and proven themselves have almost the privilege to put out a full length album.
When you come from an immigrant home, you're in a whole different world until you leave your house. In my teenage years, I had to learn to switch cultures the second I left my house and, when I came back, to go back to my fundamentals.
I feel like humans, when you're faced with decisions, you can go up and down: duality.
My earliest memories have to do with music.
I'm sensitive. I'm proud of being sensitive. I'm proud of being empathetic.
It's hard to get someone to sit down and listen to an album in its entirety.
Canada has this really cool way - specifically Toronto - of encouraging you to wave both flags: if you've been born there, like, wave your flag and then wave your parent's flag, too, and be proud of it.
Ugh, I'm a Gemini!
I can't be so guarded up all the time. I know it's not healthy.