“I can only talk to you from my own truth, which does not mean it’s the correct one,” she tells me. “To me, making music is a human manifestation. It’s what makes me wake up in the morning with enthusiasm, what keeps me hopeful, my most honest way of communication. ”
She continues, speaking clearly on a subject she’s given much thought to. “One of the reasons I wanted to be a musician was because I would get to travel and learn new things, meet new people,” she says. “All those things affect me as a person, and I want those things to affect my sound. I understand and empathize with the people who may feel a different way, but the truth is that, if I stopped: [to] think there is a right way or a wrong way to be inspired, I wouldn’t be able to make music. There are many things, many people, that have influenced me, that have enabled me to make my music. If I choose musical styles, you can see that: classic reggaeton, dembow, bachata, and bolero are all present. That is all a result of love, admiration, and the utmost respect. ”
A few weeks after we meet, Motomami:—The product of a career’s worth of sonic exploration and self-interrogation — draws closer to its release date. The rollout befits Rosalía’s leveled-up status: She appears on: The Tonight Show: with Jimmy Fallon not as the musical act but as a full-fledged guest, complimenting the host on his “moto-papi:”Energy. She performs on: Saturday Night Live, singing in Spanish to an audience of millions. And then, the night before the official release, she gives a special performance recorded for her TikTok. She truncates most of the album into a 30-minute medley, employing many of the app’s trademark special effects and riffing on the idea that it will all be consumed via phone.
The performance, confident and assured and designed for as big an audience as she can imagine, makes one thing very clear. With her first two albums, Rosalía created a world and welcomed listeners into it. But she has made it such that her new work, and all her work going forward — defiant, beautifully chaotic, unmistakably Rosalía — will be released into a pop-music world shaped, subtly but indelibly, by her influence.
Ica Chica, qué dices? She says: todo:.
Laia Garcia-Furtado: is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn.
Photographs by: Jack Bridgland:
Styled by: Oliver Volquardsen:
Hair by: Sergio Serpiente with One Off Artists using Sebastian:
Makeup by: Mariona Botella for Rosalía using MAC Cosmetics:
Nails by: Anna Sancho:
Tailoring by: Rosa Pérez Cadenas:
Set design by: Chloe Rood at Dais Agency:
Produced by: Susana & Kiku at BCN Skies Productions: