#Womencrush featured artist, Catalina presents an amazing story of pursuing her musical career at age 18. Catalina chats about the release of her single 'Blood, Sweat, Tears', moving to the US, and females in the industry.
Thank you for chatting with Music Update Central! What's the inspiration for your release of 'Blood, Sweat, Tears'? Thanks for wanting to chat! Blood, Sweat, Tears was initially inspired in a personal journey of mine. I moved to the US all by myself 6 or 7 years ago with the purpose of furthering my music career. I was only 18 but even then, I knew I hadn't found my place in the Chilean music scene or was going to find it, for that matter, if I stayed. Growing up going to an international school, speaking both English and Spanish, and listening to music primarily in English (Motown, Jazz, R&B, to name a few examples), definitely created a disconnect between my lovely home country and me. It wasn't only until recently, about a year ago, that I realized that Chile has always been within me, ever so silently making me the woman, the Chilean, the artist, the human, the Catalina that I am today. Now, that the song is in its full form I've also come to realize that it's inspired on a journey (or many), inspired by experiences, inspired by life. I hope that Blood, Sweat, Tears finds its listeners at a moment of beautiful nostalgia, self-discovery and homecoming.
When did you know that you wanted to pursue a musical career? Cliché but...I began singing when I was 5 years old and the desire only became stronger from there. Every step of the way, I discovered something new within my craft, the joy it brought to me and the joy it brings to others. I don't know exactly when I wanted to do this because it was magnetic and organic. It's music or music. No plan B.
What advice would you give other females in the music industry? Be relentless and don't fear being the boss. Feel comfortable saying 'no'. Support each other and lift your sister up. Remember you have the power to make a difference and ignite change no matter how big or small, but remain grounded like a tall, strong tree weathering it all. Always be grateful.
MUC Random Question: Who's your favorite female public figure that you look up too? Why? THERE ARE TOO MANY! Not a fair question seeing how many amazing women are taking the stand of change. It's quite a female forward time. Off the top of my head, though, I love seeing Ashley Graham killin' it in the modelling and female-entrepreneur worlds. She exudes confidence. Demi Lovato and Lady GaGa were so open in their documentaries in 2017 and their vulnerability exudes confidence. To get that raw and real is hard. Confidence manifests in various different ways, but this year it's female. All of them! Queens.
Where can our readers follow you at? I am HUGE on Instagram so have them head there first, haha. But you can follow my journey through these platforms:
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