Published on March 29th, 2020 | by MuzikScribe0
Interview with Angelica Vila: Good Vibes
Tell me your whole inception into music — When did you first become interested in it? And, how did it all begin for Angelica Vila?
I always been interested in music since I was very young. I started to take music seriously when I was 10 years old making YouTube covers at home and music videos with my uncle/manager.
Growing up in ‘The Empire State,’ who all did/do you consider to be your strongest musical influences?
I looked up to many women; like Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Jhené Aiko, J-Lo and many more.
At what particular point in time did you opt to pursue music on a professional level?
When my uncle became my manager at around 11 years, which was around the same time I had recorded my first song ever. I wrote it, got to the studio, had the writing edited, then I got in the booth for the first time.
That being said, how do you classify your overall sound and/or style?
Vibey, emotional and empowering.
What particular string of events actually led to your initial linking up with Fat Joe and ultimately signing with Roc Nation?
When I made my own version to the “Wild Thoughts” freestyle challenge on IG, Pretty Lou – one of the hottest hosts in NYC – had re-posted it on his page. Joe and he are close, so Joe had seen it on his page and reaches out. Months later, I signed to RNG…and about a year later Roc Nation partnered up.
How much actual input/involvement does Joe have when it comes to the overall hands-on experience with you and your new music?
He lets me pretty much just do my own thing; he gives his input, thoughts and guides me towards the right direction.
Your latest single / video is entitled “Why,” and it features Jacquees —Tell me about this track specifically; how did it even come to fruition?
K-Major – writer and producer of this song – and I was in SK’s – the other producer of this song – house vibin’ as they created the beat. The next day K-Major and I were in the living room talking for about two hours over the beat, I laid down melodies as Major penned lyrics. We then took it to Jacquees’ crib where he added the finishing touches.
“Why” comes courtesy of your forthcoming solo debut — That said, what all specific details; i.e. title, favorite selection(s), producer(s) credit(s), cameo appearance(s), etcetera, can you reveal and / or divulge about upcoming said set at this particular point in time?
I recently did two shoots for my project that should be coming out soon; the pictures and footage look amazing, and everyone had fun in the shoots. I’m also really excited for the next music video coming out; we shot it in L.A. and the production crew was super professional. The song is featuring Tory Lanez.
What do you feel you bring to the music industry that we don’t already have in other performers?
I don’t think I have anything better than any other artist. We all probably relate to a lot of the same things and look up to the same people, but we all do things in our own way. We’re all different in our own way. I like to stay true to who I am, while also being open minded to try new things.
Have you encountered any problems in getting to this point in your career?
We all go through things, but it’s a part of the journey that helps us grow and overcome it.
What do you want people to get from your music?
I want people to keep an open mind with the music that I create. I like to try new things, new styles and work with different creatives. My music will give you different feels.
If you could collaborate with any one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Selena, ’cause I could relate to her and I looked up to her growing up.
If you could play any venue in the world, which one would you choose and why?
Barclays (Center). I’ve performed there before, but I want to sell out my own show there.
One track of yours that you think defines you and why?
“Why,” because I relate to the lyrics in a different way. Basically saying in the entire song, “games ain’t played ’round’ here”
In terms of longevity, what do you feel it is that will continue to sustain you in this grueling industry?
Keeping an open mind, small circle and spreading positivity and finding many different ways to make it happen yourself.
Do you have any other outside / additional aspirations, maybe even completely away from music?
Interested in fashion modeling, acting…and I am working on dancing as well.
To date, what has been your biggest career moment, at least thus far anyway?
I can’t say for the least, but for the biggest it may have been doing the radio promo run for “More In The Morning”; that journey was fun.
Looking ahead, say five or maybe even ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
Not too sure, but I have faith in God and I pray that things are looking very bright for me and my family.
As for the immediate, what’s next for you, Angelica?
I have another song coming out with two big features in there. A Spanish vibe…then I have a project, plus music video coming soon.
Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?
No, not that I can think of.
Any “closing” thought(s) for our readers?
No, thank you so much.
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