Hey Filipa! So excited to be chatting with you!
Hi!! Yay! Me too, super excited!
You just released your new single “Do Something”! How excited were you to get this song out into the world?
I was very excited to get it out, of course! It’s always an amazing feeling to finally release music that you worked so hard on and poured your soul into. I love sharing my music, it makes me happy.
Can you tell us the backstory of this song? Is it from a real experience?
It’s definitely from a real experience. I always write about my own experiences and feelings. This song is basically about a time where I was dealing with the confusion and frustration of a “pending” romantic relationship. It was my way of expressing my sentiment of “if you like me, just do something!” I wasn’t coming from an angry or bitter place, but just from one of not appreciating the uncertainty while still maintaining calm and confidence. Mixed signals are frustrating and I like to know where I stand. So, the song sums that up.
You also have more projects coming out in 2020!! Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to from you for the rest of the year?!?
Let me just say that there is a lot of new music on the way!
Do you have a creative say in your music? Did you help write all your new songs?
Yes, I do. I enjoy being a part of the entire process; from writing to producing, to mixing. It’s important for me to release music that comes from my heart, so I’m always very much involved in the entire process.
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
It’s honestly hard to describe the feeling/s sometimes, but because music is my passion, it’s like a piece of art that is all me – how cool is that? It also feels like a rush, as I get to express myself and connect to other people through it; so, it’s just wonderful!
What’s been the pros and cons of pursuing your music career?
I think the biggest pro is being able to pursue my passion every day. I love writing, recording and finally sharing it. The cons include the pressure (sometimes self-inflicted!) of having to keep pushing and doing better. The music industry is tough and very competitive. It can be scary to face up to at times. You need a thick skin to stand behind your vision all the way. It’s so much more complicated than what people think and sees from the outside.
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
Mainly my parents. They have made me who I am and allowed me to embrace my dreams. I’m so lucky to have that kind of support. I don’t think I would still be where I am today without them.
What do you think makes your fan community/fandom different from others?
I think that just being who they already make them different. Fans are all so uniquely different and connect to music in their own special way. My fan community has been faithful and consistent. I am very thankful for that.
How would you describe your fans? – what’re three words you would use to describe your fans?
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music and shows?
The one thing I’d love fans to take away is to just be themselves, no matter what. Say what you need to say, respectfully, stick to your guns, and believe that you have the ability to make the choices in life that make you happy and fulfilled. Only YOU can make those choices.
Are you planning any IG Live shows to promote your new music?
IG Live is super fun! I haven’t played an IG live show just yet, but I definitely should try that out soon.
What is it like performing in front of your fans? Are you excited to start performing your own music live!?!
It’s the best feeling with its own magic! An artist/performer needs to perform live to keep going and be reminded that they are doing something that grabs people, your fans. That is very important. Not to mention the vibe and the energy. I can’t wait to perform live again!
What do you want your supporters to know that you think is important?
Be kind. There is a lot of pain in this world already. We need to support one another.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
I am a total geek. I love to joke around, be silly, and have fun. I’m always the one making a joke and taking life with a pinch of salt. I also love gaming, which is probably because I grew up with an older brother.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
What do your fans call themselves? And How did that fanbase name catch on?
“Filopians”. It’s the strangest name, but it actually started from a joke. A radio presenter was trying to find a name for my fans and since my name is tricky to form one from, we decided to go with “Filopians” (sounds almost like the tunes – Fallopian!) and it stuck.
Many of your supporters are starstruck when they meet you! Have you ever been starstruck?
Of course, I have been starstruck! I remember it was when I watched Enrique Iglesias live. I was 13 and had been crushing on him, so when he came out on stage I was beyond myself!
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
To come and say ‘hi’! I’m approachable, even if I don’t look it sometimes.
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
Hmm, I would have to say Max Martin. Working with him would be a total dream!
What’s your current go-to song?
“Easy” by Troye Sivan.
Why do you think social media is so important for teen artists like yourself?
Social media has brought an array of platforms for people to interact in real-time, on a very personal level. Irrespective of its cons, it is where teens go and spend a lot of their time. So, as an artist, you need to be there too and share your work, your thoughts, your ideas, in essence, your persona.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
I want to release my debut album. It’s something that I have been working on and is constantly in the back of my mind.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
I truly appreciate the love and support. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without supporters who want to listen to my music and that is what inspires me to keep going. Thank you!
Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions! 🙂