For her, returning to the stage was an urgent need that she has just fulfilled in a big way, thanks to a 27-date American tour that culminated on October 31 in the celebration of the Day of the Dead at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the city. of the Angels.
But Mon Laferte actually has a lot to look forward to in the days and months that follow, including her participation in the 22nd edition of the Latin Grammy, which will take place on November 18 in Las Vegas, and in addition to finding her as a nominee in four categories due to the merits of her album “Six”, will show her performing on the stage of the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In any case, the most important event for the Chilean artist based in Mexico will be the beginning of her motherhood, because right now she is five months pregnant, as a result of a gestation process that had her settled in LA and that led her to create an unexpected production, “1940 Carmen”, whose name comes from the Airbnb address where she locked herself up with her boyfriend Joel Orta -guitarist and vocalist of Celofán- to achieve the feat.
In the Zoom interview that he gave us this week from his home on the outskirts of the Mexican capital, and which you can also see here in his video version, Laferte spoke about what he will do during the televised party of the Latin Recording Academy , the most recent album, her ‘cover’ of Metallica, the feelings that pregnancy has generated in her and the future of her career.
Mon, you have a new album, “1940 Carmen”, that you surprisingly released just a few days ago; but the previous one, “Seis”, continues to give you satisfaction, because it has given you several Latin Grammy nominations, right?
There are four, including Song of the Year [por “Que se sepa nuestro amor”] and the Songwriter Album of the Year, which gives me great pleasure precisely because I am a singer-songwriter. But I’m also going to be performing at the ceremony with Gloria Trevi and the overwhelming Banda El Limón, with whom I collaborated on that same album and whom I invited to celebrate these nominations on stage.
Going to “1940 Carmen,” I understand it was composed while you were here in LA trying to get pregnant. Why did you choose this city to do it?
I had already been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant with fertility treatments for a while, and we discovered that there was a supposedly very good clinic in Los Angeles. Finally, the matter lasted four months, because it is all a slow, hormonal process, and being in this Airbnb, which is in 1940 Carmen, below the Hollywood sign, I decided to start writing songs that served me a lot in a therapeutic way, because the hormones had me crazy. Finally, it seemed to me that it would be beautiful to have an album that portrays these months of such excitement and uncertainty.
I didn’t go there with the idea of making a record, but art is part of me; not only music, because I also started painting. But of course, music has always served me well; It has been healing, like a life diary, and in each album a stage of mine is reflected.
It’s interesting, because the album begins with “Placer Hollywood”, which is a very sensual theme, and has other similar songs or that go on a very romantic side; but there are also much harder compositions.
When you want to get pregnant, you have to do things to make that happen [risas]. But hormones are very strong, because I was in a state of hypersensitivity. “Supermarket” talks about an argument I had with my partner at Target [risas]; I don’t even remember what it was about.
On the other, there is “A Crying Game”, which talks about an abuse that I suffered during my childhood; I think being in this sensitive state led me to talk about it. But it was not easy. I am 38 years old, and suddenly, this is the moment in my life when I decided to write a song about that subject, which is still difficult for me to talk about. And of course, seeking motherhood also produces a lot of fear, about not achieving it; and when you are already pregnant, the fear of losing the pregnancy comes.
“A Crying Game”, which stars a 13-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man, is obviously a subject of very personal revelation, but also one that connects with everything that has been happening in recent years in relation to complaints of abuse and certain forms of thought that are linked to machismo, such as when you say ‘God is also a man’. How do you feel about the song and the responses it has had from your followers?
I really don’t feel that good. When I decided to put the song on the album, I don’t know if I was aware of the repercussions it could have [silencio]. I feel good for the courage to have written it, but on the other hand, I don’t want to talk much about this topic either.
That ‘God is also a man’ is something that crossed my mind at some point during my adolescence, because at first my family was very religious, very Catholic, and I felt that I could not be part of that, because men They were the ones who had the maximum and absolute power, while women had to be servants. When I was abused, I felt like I couldn’t tell anyone; I didn’t speak of it until many, many years later. The first time I told someone about it was ten years later, because I felt that, as a woman, I had no right to speak.
The album has three songs in English, something you’ve never done before. What was the first one you created?
“Good Boy” which was based on a poem I had written to my partner a long time ago. I put it in google translate, started humming something and liked how it turned out. So, I gave myself the job of half researching so that it would make sense in English, although I am not fluent in the language and there are many things that are probably not right. But I liked singing in English so much that I did another, and then another.
Why did you decide to do it anyway despite not mastering the language? Well, you were living in LA, and that must have influenced you.
I was living under the Hollywood sign! I am very enthusiastic, and I have very little modesty and shame about things. When I want to do something, I do it. I felt infected by the Hollywood, Californian spirit.
You recently participated in an album of authorized Metallica covers that provoked all kinds of comments for different reasons. You have a metal past, but the version you did of “Nothing Else Matters” is very calm, with very Andean elements.
I am happy that Metallica has invited me to be part of this tribute. When I received the invitation, I started to think what I could bring to such a huge band and such an iconic album [el “Black Album”]. I was in a metal band for a few years, and my first thought was to go on the heavy side, but then I realized that I had nothing to contribute out there. I thought about taking it more to my origin, to South America, and we did a more folkloric version, with lyrics in Spanish in which a super Mexican composer, Mauricio Díaz “El Hueso”, helped me.
I understand that the album did not like the purists; there are tastes for everyone, and I respect all opinions. But maybe there are people much younger than me who are just discovering Metallica, and I feel that Metallica can already do whatever they want at this point in their career.
This new album has a lullaby called “Niña”, but I know you did it before you got pregnant. Do you already know if you are going to have a daughter or a son?
I know what it’s going to be, but I’m not going to say it publicly yet. I’m going to wait a little longer.
On December 7 and 8 you will be at the Metropolitan Theater in CDMX, and on February 26 at the Disney Hall in LA. The latter will be approximately a month before giving birth. Will you be able to do it?
My doctor told me that I can, but I can’t take airplanes. The idea is to go to Los Angeles about a month before and hope that I am born there. After that, I don’t know what will happen. I want to keep working, but I will find out along the way. I may not want to do anything but be with my baby when I hold him in my arms!
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At the gates of the Latin Grammy, Mon Laferte launches personal project and is getting ready to be a mother