Describe your sound in 3 words
Tell us a few things about your new song Baddest Bitch. What is the main idea behind it?
“Baddest Bitch” is about self-confidence and standing up for yourself. In today’s world, it often seems that you can’t feel good about yourself or something that you’ve done without someone criticizing you. Sharks, who are people who try to use others for their own advantage, are everywhere. They are at every job that you work, they can be the people you meet, and the song is about how you handle those interactions with them that shape who you are going to be.
In this video (which is partially animated), the animation shows Vala vs. the villain – who is an actual shark, personified. At the start of the video, Vala is in a retro TV when a remote reaches to the TV and changes the channel to the animation where it’s Vala vs the shark in a series of scenes ranging from the gladiator arenas in ancient Rome to scenes in which she’s fighting zombies. All of this is to create one underlying message: be confident in yourself, and don’t let anybody try to change who you are.
For which lyric you are most proud of?
“You’re more like a mean ogre, a creepy club promoter, a mediocre poser at best…” I thought it was funny.
Do you think there is a true underground hip hop sound today?
No and sort of yes. On the yes side — there is a sound of what “underground” hip hop is today but it is more just a sound that was created in the mainstream, so underground hip hop artists today have taken the mainstream and tinkered to make it their own and they all have a similar sound to their music. On the no side – there is no underground sound today that I have heard that was created first in the underground. The old underground sound seems to be only kept afloat by the artists who are still putting music out that were there when there was an underground sound that was created in the underground.
What would be your dream performance venue?
The house of Blues in Boston. While maybe it is not Madison Square Garden, when I was growing up I used to go there to see some of my favorite artists and bands. I have wanted to preform there ever since.
Favorite music related film?
School of Rock (haha might be kind of a strange answer but seriously it is an awesome movie and just makes you want to write or play any and all types of music)
You’d give up making music for…