If you fly too close to the sun, your wings may fade away, stay the course Daedalus warned his only son in the classic Greek fable. Sometimes it’s worth the risk to feel the sunshine, even if it’s only for a moment. Pop artist Angelica Joni does just that as she spreads her wings on her new single “Weightless.” Her voice soars over EDM bass lines as she flexes her vocal range. From LA to NY, Rock Star Dreams own Ariana Escalante spoke with the aspiring artist over the phone to get her thoughts on following her passion and striving to make it in the music biz.
RSD: Tell me about your background and how you became the singer you are today.
Angelica: I started singing in my church choir when I was 8, then went on to sing opera through high school and college while studying communications. Then I realized I wanted to pursue singing professionally and decided to step away from school.
RSD: Has your classical training played into your current style?
Angelica: Yes, it has definitely helped my technique overall even though I have moved to singing pop. I now have a new vocal coach and we focus on my pop sound.
RSD: Who are your greatest singing inspirations.
Angelica: Definitely Colbie Callait, Beyonce, Jessie J, Christina Aguilara.
RSD: Do you write your own music?
Angelica: All of my originals, about 6 or 7 of them, are all written by me. I wrote my first song at the age of 12. But I have also recorded many covers.
RSD: What have been some of your main struggles along the way?
Angelica: One of the biggest struggles I’ve had to deal with was when I was working, going to school, and trying to pursue my singing career. It was way too much to handle and I ended up leaving school to focus on my career. I also deal with writers block ALL THE TIME. When there’s pressure, I feel like writing is 10 times harder.
RSD: What’s your collaboration process like?
Angelica: Most of the time someone will send me a track and I put my lyrics to it. I’m actually working with a producer in Brazil right now, Klauss Goulart.
RSD: How does that work? You collaborate remotely?
Angelica: Yeah, he found me on ReverbNation, loved my voice and asked if I wanted to work together. So he sent me a track, I immediately fell in love with it, and recorded my own vocals here Philly.
RSD: What are your greatest accomplishments?
Angelica: Best New Artist Award and Best Pop Song at the Indie Music Awards. And also my latest song “Weightless” working with Valentin and Jason Nevins.
RSD: What’s been your favorite part of being an independent artist?
Angelica: It’s definitely hard being an indie artist. There are so many people out there trying to be the next “big thing”. It’s been really fun meeting other indie artists and watching each others journeys.
RSD: What are some of your greatest tools for promoting yourself as an artist?
Angelica: I LOVE ReverbNation. If it weren’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to get this interview with RockStar Dreams, or worked with Klauss. It’s also gotten me spins on internet stations. It’s been a really, really great tool for me. YouTube is also very important. And especially my promoter, Lucas Prata.
RSD: Do you plan to stay independent or would you like to sign with a label at some point?
Angelica: Yes, I would love to meet with labels in the future. As of right now, I’m working on getting enough material to present to a label.
RSD: What kind of advice do you have for indie artists?
Angelica: Write your own music and keep playing gigs, you never know who is watching.