STAR ON THE RISE
"Music Brings Me Wonderful Things!!"
How did you get started in the industry?
Since I was a kid I have always liked to sing the songs of my favorite artists at home. I was very embarrassed to show it until one day, when I was 15, I recorded myself singing and I uploaded it on Instagram. Seeing the support I received from my family and friends I was encouraged to keep uploading more covers for about 3 years. I trained 2 years in singing and later I decided to stop just playing songs by other artists and start composing my songs about my own experiences and feelings. Little by little I got to know producers, filmmakers and building a team with people I trust and have complicity with. Today I have 3 singles out and several on the way.
Tell us about your creative process. What inspires you?
I normally write about how I feel at the instant moment, my thoughts or something that cause a strong impact in my life.
I like to compose the melody with my guitar and then my producer catches the vibe and produce it, or sometimes I start working with my producer on the beat and then I come up with the lyrics. There are lots of ways to do it.
I actually get inspired by everything that surrounds me. My friends, the city, a rainy day, other people stories...
Who are your biggest inspirations and which artists would you love to collaborate with?
My biggest influence has always been Rihanna, I admire her not only for her incredible voice but also for the way she makes me feel with her interpretation and her staging and her attitude. My mum is a big fan of the R&B, I remember when she put her CDs in the car of Leona Lewis and Bruno Mars, they have also been great influences for me.
I listen to many London artists like Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, Craig David, Dua Lipa, I love that elegant atmosphere in their songs.
But if I could choose I would love to collaborate with Ella Mai or Chris Brown, they are amazing!
Who are your biggest supporters in your personal life?
The main supporter in my life for sure is my mum. She has always been supporting me since day 1 and giving importance to what I loved to do. I think that without her I wouldn’t have the confidence that I have in me today.
Also my friends have supported and believed in me a lot and my team, without them I couldn’t be able to make music with the love and the quality I want.
Anything coming up in 2020 that you're looking forward to?
We can expect an evolution on my sound towards more urban and current rhythms but always keeping the essence of my style.
More music and collaborations with amazing artists!
We are currently working and trying to close several dates for live shows for this spring / summer which are very special to me and very important for my artistic career. At the moment I still can’t give details but I’ll let it know through my social networks.
This year I’m also focused on learning urban dance and I would like to learn music production.
What do you love most about what you do?
Music brings me wonderful things
Thanks to it I’ve met incredible people that today I consider my best friends. Grow as an artist and as a person.
Seeing people enjoying my music, the feedback and being able to inspire other people brings me a huge self-realization feeling and happiness.
What is something you have struggled with in your career?
1 year ago a small paralysis was detected in a vocal cord which made it very difficult for me to reach the highest notes and I had to adapt to it and sing in a range that made me more comfortable.
What advice would you give to young creatives looking to do what you're doing?
I have always thought that the essential thing to be successful in anything you set your mind to is through perseverance, passion and patience mixed with a good attitude.
I would tell them that if that’s what makes you happy, do not hesitate and go for it and let yourself be guided by your intuition.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Having finished my university career and I would love to see myself acting in many places and to be able to share my music with more people than now.
For me it would be a success to be able to do what I enjoy the most and live from it. And if it is not in 5 years, of course keep trying.
Also having a more solid and evolved artistic journey.
You can find me everywhere searching @JoannaCrass