Who are your biggest influences?
I get influenced by many things but not usually specific artists. Certain genres such as (R&B, jazz, & bossanova) give me most inspiration. When it comes to songs, I get inspired by sounds, sonics, melodies, lyrics, etc. I don’t idolize particular artists is because I fear that with too much research and studying, it can become easy to mimicking them without intention. I always want to maintain a sense of originality while being inspired I always want to remain true to myself.
You grew up in Miami – how did that impact your musical tastes? What music were you listening to growing up?
Growing up in Miami and being surrounded by Latin people and Latin music definitely molded my ears when it comes to gravitating towards certain sounds. Being raised in a Cuban and Puerto Rican household, salsa, merengue, and reggae ton runs in my blood.
You’ve been announced as Apple Music’s ‘Up Next’ Artist. What would you love to bring back now in R&B for the next generation?
I’m just trying to bring back vulnerability with the content in my music. Music that’s relevant for generations to come that inspires and relates to everyone at different stages in their journeys. R&B is definitely back and on a whole other level- that original R&b that’s boundless and universal.