Anzzia: When did you realize then, because you started out writing and journaling, when did you realize that you had serious music talent?
Cha Cha: I still don't even know. It sounds weird hearing me say that. I think what happened was, I was writing these songs and when I moved to D.C. I was just like, "You know what?
I want to go for all of these things I wanted to do." So I set out wanting to make a CD, five years ago and I didn't really know what I was doing. I kind of got
taken advantage of by these producers where I paid
them and they kind of just took my money and
Anzzia: oh no.
Cha Cha: That was really disheartening. But, then I
would say, I took on a mentor who is a singer. I started following her around to all of her shows. She's also in the D.C. Grammy Chapter, she really got me into the music world and the more I immersed myself in it the more I think it boosted my confidence more to like, give it a try, to put just one song out there.
So, I started with just one song.
Anzzia: What was the song?
Cha Cha: It's called Daddy. That was my first single. Then I made a music video
for it the next year while I was in L.A. and it was crazy how that happened.
Because I put my website in this group of models, photographers and actors in
L.A. My mentor goes to The Grammy's like, every year.
Anzzia: Yeah? Then let's jump into the creation of your album. Now your very first album. Now that your preparing to drop it, what was your creative process like?
Cha Cha: Well, I'm still working on it. I could release it now because I have enough stuff recorded. However, I keep writing new stuff and I like the new stuff I'm writing. So, I've been making myself work on it a little bit every day just to make sure that I finish by the end of this month. But, I've really just been going off of emotions. Like, different feelings I'm having. I'll record an example of a song for myself and then will listen to it over and over on my iPhone. If I find that I can listen to a song multiple times and it can make me daydream, it's a good song.
Anzzia: I like that.
Cha Cha: If it doesn't make me daydream then I know it's not hitting the right spots. Because when I listen to music that I enjoy, it takes me somewhere else and it makes me daydream like some kind of scenario. Daydream me performing it. It has to take me out of my body for me to really like the song. So, I have all of the songs that make me feel that way, which I think I do. I still have to record some of these ideas I have. Then I'll be happy with it. I just want to listen to like, when I finish recording everything, I'll listen to everything and see what the vibe is. It has to pass the "car test".
Anzzia: true. So, how many tracks are on this album?
Cha Cha: Right now I have ten, which is a lot. But, ten seems like a good number to me. So, the point of this album too is it's not so much, it's a lot of things. It's performing yes but, I want people to see these songs that I wrote and I want to write for other artists. I really want to put myself out there as a songwriter. So, I have songs in different styles. Their all different styles. Some seem more like poetry, I have an R & B song, just different kind of styles. I want to put myself out there as a songwriter.
Anzzia: Okay, what's your favorite style to write? As of now?
Cha Cha: To be honest, I love rapping and I really like aggressive Rap. I really like, I like Foxy Brown, I like Lil Kim, I like Missy Elliot. I like really strong but, still feminine female rapping. I just like to feel empowered by the song. I like to feel like I'm a badass in the song.
Anzzia: That's how Bougie made me feel! Like a badass! /laughs
Cha Cha: /laughs Yeah, I like that! When people meet me they have this perception of me being so prissy and someone that grew up privileged or something. But, for real, I grew up in Roxbury, not the best neighborhood. So, I like kind of aggressive Rap and Hip Hop. I just like talking about your story too. Like, Tupac is one of my favorites, I like Biggie, I like Busta Rhymes, I like Shine. Yeah, so I like some of that hardcore sound too.
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