How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
My process is always pretty much the same. First, I write the full lyrics and melody for the songs on my own. It’s hard for me to collaborate on my own project as it feels so personal, but it’s so easy for me to collaborate on everyone else’s albums. It’s just how it is. After I have the lyrics and melody complete, I sit down with two of my closest friends here in Mexico, Gil Elguezabal and Eduardo Bladinieres, to figure out where everything else is going. With this EP, after we worked on the songs, I flew to LA to continue working with Yves Rothman and then recorded them between Westlake Studios in LA and my own studios Victoria Records in Monterrey, Mexico.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I like it when a song is personal, fragile and vulnerable, which is what I think art should ultimately be all about.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Not at all. If you look back the greatest painters, poets, creatives, they always took from experience. That’s why we create art to begin with, right? To have an outlet for all these emotions that come from being an artist who feels a little deeper and a little harder. We need to let it out somehow.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I really like the lyrics to “KINGS.” The woman keeps referring to herself as a “king” – “When you were running with me you were running with K-k-k-k-kings.” There’s something super badass and strong about saying that to the guy that just left you.
What inspired “Vice”, part of your upcoming EP “Saints”?
- Define in one word your upcoming EP “Saints”: Autobiographical.
- The best show you ever played: Ruidofest in Chicago.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: One of my girlfriends!
- The soundtrack of your childhood: The Sound of Music.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: I love my pop music queens so probably a Madonna song. “Like a Virgin” maybe? It has such a good hook, and such simple but effective lyrics. It’s kind of a brilliant song.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: First you need to work on the relationship you have with yourself, that is the most important one you’ll have in your life. I always tell my friends, you want someone to be crazy in love with you? First you gotta be crazy in love with yourself, who you are and what you do. You should be your number one fan in life and once you have that relationship settled and stable, then all the other relationships in your life become easy and amazing. Once you know who you are and what you’re worth, that’s the energy you put out in the universe and it boomerangs right back to you and defines your entire existence. So make sure you are in a great place with yourself first.