British magazine Rollacoaster recently interviewed Brazil’s greatest pop star, Anitta, and covered a bit of everything, from her musical influences to her latest single, ‘Loco.’ The singer talked about coming up with the concept for the ‘Loco’ music video and nearly driving her team crazy with it; the rise of Latin America in music; her biggest influences and the challenges of making music in three languages. So if you want to know what this international queen has been up to, stick around because we have the best moments from that interview right here.
Anitta told Rollacoaster what her favorite Brazilian genre is:
“Without a doubt, funk carioca. It is the sauce that I drink daily. I love seeing and listening to new artists of that genre, getting involved with new beats and lyrics. Funk says a lot about the periphery and favelas (slums). The Brazilian way of seeing things and our sensuality. There is no way to stand still listening to the funk beat.”
Anitta started as a funk singer and branched out when she decided to pursue an international career. But believe us when we say, the influences of her roots are still very much present in her more recent works. During the interview, she also said Mariah Carey, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, J Balvin, Pharrell, and Shakira are her biggest musical inspirations.
Rollacoaster also asked where she got the idea for the ‘Loco’ music video from:
“I was on vacation in Aspen and, one day, going down a mountain listening to the song alone, I thought how incredible it would be to bring something crazy to this scenario. I thought of girls in bikinis going down the mountain, enjoying parties on the edge of the track. Only two days after that moment we started making the video in Aspen. I made my team crazy.”
When asked about why Latin American music is entering the mainstream more than it had in the past, Anitta said:
“I believe this has to do with social and political factors. The strength of Latinos worldwide who are speaking up and growing as the world realizes the richness of culture and the importance of the Latin people, which has often been in a subjugated situation. A new generation of Latin artists represents the growth of the Latin people and helps to inspire more confidence in our power and ability to occupy spaces in the mainstream.”
Anitta writes and sings in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, here’s what she said about the challenges and advantages of that:
“The challenge initially was to sing and compose exactly the way a native would. The advantages are being able to mix cultures, expressions, being able to expand my work to more people. This is very special. It is a dream coming true.”
For Brazilians, she’s the funk singing queen who’s conquering the whole world; but if her accomplishments are any indication, she’s bound to be one of the biggest artists in the world. At least that’s what TIME Magazine thinks, seeing that she’s on their Time100 Next List, with her profile written by J Balvin, no less.
Anitta finished the interview for Rollacoaster saying that her next album will bring a more mature version of herself, musically speaking, and that can already be felt with ‘Loco’. We at The Honey Pop cannot wait to see what comes next from this Brazilian phenomenon.
You can read the full Rollercoaster interview here!
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Featured Image Source: Fernando Tomaz for Rollacoaster Magazine