5 things we learned from the talk with Rosalía at the Grammy Museum

Rosalía was the center of attention in the grammy museum on Wednesday (October 5) in Los Angeles, where they had an intimate chat discussing their tour mommyher mother as a muse and the changing landscape for women producers, among other topics.

The singer-songwriter and producer, nominated this year for eight Latin Grammys (including album of the year for mommy), is currently in Los Angeles, where he will perform at the YouTube Theater on October 7 and 8 as part of his world tour. “It’s going pretty well. Wonderfully,” she replied when asked how the tour was going. “I have so many stuffed animals being thrown on stage that I don’t know what to do with them. I have a full suitcase that I normally just put on my bed in hotels.”

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Most recently, her song “Despecha” gave the Spanish artist her first No. 1 as a solo artist, unaccompanied, on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart. The song rose from No. 3 to top the chart as of October 8.

Here are five highlights from the conversation moderated by the newspaper’s music reporter Los Angeles Times Suzy Exposito, compiled by Billboard.

How the concept of the tour came about mommy:

It all started when I was thinking about this project and what I wanted to talk about and feel. How can I translate this to the stage? Because it has certain energy and colors. It was important for people to feel close to me. I’m used to performing in bars, restaurants, you know, small venues, and I thought, “How can I still be intimate, but in places like stadiums?”

I figured there had to be a huge camera to make them feel closer to the human beings on stage. People expect fireworks and I understand that, but the craziest thing for me is dancing and expressing myself. That energy is priceless. It has the highest value. I’m at a point where I want to put all my effort into having the best vocalization, put all my effort into my choreography. That’s what’s important to me… not having to worry about changing clothes in the middle of a show. So that?

How his mom inspired the overall concept of mommy:

To this day, my mom still rides her Harley. She inspired me a lot. She used to hug my mom when we would ride her motorcycle. I remember her blonde hair blowing in my face, in the wind, but I didn’t care. And then as a teenager, she also used to ride a motorcycle all the time. Riding a motorcycle requires a lot of concentration. You have to be present, not look back, not look forward, you have to keep your balance. It’s about focus and there’s something magical about that.

On taking three years to release a new album:

He had been away from home for years due to the pandemic. She was in the States working on this new project and she was very excited to work with collaborators that I admire so much. She thought, “well, I can’t go home, because they said that if I went in the middle of the project to see my family, most likely I wouldn’t be able to come back”. She was pretty screwed.

So I made the sacrifice and stayed until I finished it. I don’t know how, but I finished it and it took me three years to do this project, figure it out. It took me a long time and I wasn’t sure that when I was ready to say something, there would be someone on the other side willing to listen. In an industry where everything moves so fast, I was worried, but I said to myself, “This is the only way.” I figured I had to finish it properly, so I could sit back and say I did my best.

To fuse flamenco with other genres:

I have love for all the music in the world. Everything is on the same level for me. At the end of the day, music makes you feel or not. But it’s not better or worse. There are so many flamenco artists who have promoted [el género] and they have done amazing things with it. That’s inspiring. It is impossible for me to talk about my music without mentioning flamenco. But since I love everything else, I go into the studio trying to put myself at the service of the song. I always keep myself open to be able to think clearly and know what that song needs to produce it well. The more open your channel is, the more you receive and the more you can give.

The changing landscape for women producers:

Björk is an incredible mind, and Arca, and they both produce and do it excellently. In fact, there are so many great female minds today that I just celebrate. When she was a child it was more difficult to find references to women [productoras], like I had to dig to find them, and I think it’s amazing now to see more women creating their own beats, and I love that. There is something that is changing now.

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