MEXICO CITY (AP) – Paloma Mami is one of today’s urban performers thanks to songs like “Traumada,” “Mami,” collaborations with Ricky Martin and Major Lazer, and now a Latin Grammy nomination for best new artist. The latter was good news that she initially dismissed because she thought it was a joke from her boyfriend.
“Sometimes he tells me joke things like ‘Adele was listening to your song and uploaded it’, things that are very crazy that would not happen … and I fall,” said Paloma Mami in a recent interview by video call from Puerto Rico. “She woke me up saying she was nominated for a Grammy and I… I was like, ‘You know what? Let me sleep, please leave me alone. ‘ And I went to sleep”.
The boyfriend – the Puerto Rican musician Roa, executive producer of her album “Sueños de Dalí” – let her sleep a while longer, but woke her up again to tell her that he was “serious.”
And it was real! It was not a dream, it was not a joke, ”she said excitedly when she remembered it.
The coveted category of best new artist this year includes other urban music performers such as María Becerra, Bizarrap and Boza, who like her will come a long way to the Thursday ceremony in Las Vegas. In the case of Paloma Mami, she feels that the mention is perfect despite the fact that she has been making her way for several years.
“I consider myself a new artist because I have just released my first album now,” he explained. “I’ve been doing this for almost four years now, but I think that all the music that I put out on this album is very different from who I was before. So with this album I considered myself as a new artist, I’m starting everything from scratch, like I wanted to forget about that person from before ”.
“Sueños de Dalí”, her debut album, bears that title because she has been a fan of the Spanish painter since she was little. His father is an architect and he gave him drawing classes in which Dalí was one of the inspirations for both of them. Furthermore, his dreams are as crazy and intense as the artist’s paintings.
“I really love my dreams, it’s where I get all my creativity, my imagination,” said the singer.
Although Paloma Mami likes to paint, the cover, which refers to Dalí’s surrealism in watercolor, was made by the artist Teffy from a concept of her.
“I didn’t have time and my managers didn’t trust me to deliver it on time and finish the record at the same time,” he said humbly.
In the video for “Things in life”, in which he appears in a spaceship in futuristic suits, there are also watercolors, in this case also printed due to lack of time.
The song, about the pain of absence in all kinds of deep love relationships, such as father and son, brothers or couples, was composed by Paloma Mami and her boyfriend, inspired by artists such as José José and Myriam Hernández.
“We were really listening to a lot of romantic music from that era,” he said.
Paloma Mami, whose music naturally combines Spanish and English lyrics, was born in New York to Chilean parents and at age 16 she moved with her family to Chile, where she says she prefers to live. Due to the pandemic, he was unable to return to his country when the border was closed; The interview was made from Puerto Rico, where he has been for some time.
After an aunt who plays guitar aroused her curiosity about music, she started rapping in Chile at the age of 17 and soon after she met some producers with whom she recorded her first song, “Not Steady”. Although the genre has not exploded as in other Latin American countries, he is enthusiastic about the potential of the urban scene in Chile.
“There are many people who are talented,” said the artist, now 22 years old and whose real name is Paloma Rocío Castillo Astorga. “They don’t see much because they don’t have the exhibition and I think that’s the most important thing … There are many, many who are making urban music that I find to be good and with time I think the doors will open. more and it will be easier, and many Chileans will leave. I hope so”.
One of the first consecrated artists to support Paloma Mami’s project was Ricky Martin, with whom he sings “Qué rico outside”.
“My gosh! (OMG!) That’s so crazy, ”he said. “That the second (collaboration) is with Ricky, that he approached me, that he wanted to do something with me for me is so crazy, and I am very grateful to him because he always told me that he has seen my vision and I appreciate that. too”.
Meanwhile, “QueLoQue”, his song with the group of DJs Major Lazer that includes Diplo, was recently trending on Twitter when it was heard by Bangchan, leader of the K-pop band StrayKids, and in this case it was not a prank her boyfriend.
“Diplo wrote to me on Instagram and said he wanted to do a collaboration and I obviously found him super cool. They are incredible to produce and all that, so I’m happy, “he said.
For her, one of the pieces in which she was able to express herself more than “Sueños de Dalí” is “I Love Her”, which has bass typical of the heaviest rapping and whose lyrics speak of getting ready and breaking it at the club.
“I love it a lot because with that song I felt like I was able to free myself a lot in the studio, I could be very open-minded and not think much about the lyrics, it was just fun,” he said. “I feel that the song emits a lot of good vibes, I love to dance it … That sensual and hard mixture at the same time, that’s like my essence.”
As a child she played soccer and still considers herself a “tomboy” (rude girl).
“I feel that for me ‘tomboy’ is actually that I don’t really care about anything, I don’t care what people think about how I look, I don’t care if I come out super weird dressed, if I come out with giant pants and a shirt (T-shirt) giant and people confuse me as a man sometimes I don’t care. It has happened to me many times and I don’t care, ”he said. “That’s the only thing that has made me happy.”
For the Latin Grammy he plans to attend in a “modern” style and, after the ceremony, he plans to perform on November 27 at the Coca-Cola Flow Fest in Mexico City.
“Whatever the ‘outcome’ (result) I’m going to be happy forever,” he said about the Latin Grammy. “It is an honor for me to just be there.”
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