We had the good fortune of connecting with Aria Vega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aria, how do you think about risk?
Risks have Played such an important part throughout my life, since I was a teenager I knew I wanted to dedicate my Whole life to music I participated in a reality show were and a lot of opportunities showed up at the capital of Colombia, Bogota. When I told my dad about leaving my hometown Barranquilla he said to me “Your brother who’s a man, didn’t even leave Barranquilla to go to Bogotá and study law, and now you’re expecting as a woman to go by yourself and do music” I couldn’t understand why wouldn’t support my dreams especially when I had proven myself along so many people who participated in that reality show I was the fourth in the whole country, so I stayed in Barranquilla because I didn’t have the financial support to go by myself at the age of 17 but never abandoned music. I had a band and I was playing at restaurants bars wherever they gave me the opportunity to earn some cash. With years of savings I went to Bogotá by myself and started writing music and singing as well till Warner music discovered my page on Instagram and decided to sing me. I was always taking risks throughout my life and got me to where I am, and I will continue to take risks so that my career can grow every single day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In music it’s never easy which ever genre, trap, reggaeton, R&B, even pop, it is so hard because the music industry is on a constant evolution and there is so much talent, how music works nowadays with a Spotify, Amazon music, Apple Music, YouTube etc and splice or music production apps where you don’t need to know Music theory or study music at all to create a song which makes it easier for everyone to just put music out there on the platforms and there’s so much talent, approximately 20,000 to 24,000 songs are uploaded to Spotify every single day that makes it 1 million songs every six weeks so the audience has a lot of content to hear and vibe. As musicians we not only need to differentiate ourselves from the rest but we need to connect with an audience that has so much music thrown to their ears every single day, so yeah music’s hard work.
But I believe what I have learned throughout the years is that women need more space in music and we deserve to tell our stories without being torn down by society with explicit or non-explicit language, with whatever perspective of love or partying or whatever theme their music stands for. Cuz as music consumers and creators we’ve gotta find equality, which right now based on my experience is not a reality, nor inside the offices, nor outside in the musicians we see out there in the charts.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well right now I’m living in Medellin but if it was a week long trip I’d recommend to travel to many places in Colombia just like Cartagena, San Andres, Barranquilla, El amazonas, la guajira, el pacifico I could keep naming places in Colombia that are beautiful and it’s so worth it to extend the trip actually. We are so culturally rich so I would take my best friend out for eating a bandeja paisa out here in medellin as a must, show her the comunas, and hang out at provenza.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shout out is to Alejandro Villalobos, Director of La Mega Colombia. I met him in the reality show I participated and he became such an important support through my music journey, for believing in me and teaching me dreams come true. Dreams such as hearing your songs on the radio and signing with a major label. Into Warner music Mexico and water Chapel because they believed in me just by listening to five songs.
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