Editor’s Note: This is a repost of my third interview as a contributing music & entertainment writer at Popular Hispanics, originally titled Stefani Vara: Don’t Call It a Come-Up…I’ve Been Here for Years and originally posted here. I’ll be posting it in 2 parts here at THE REAL popolio.
Stefani Vara is that Mexican-American around-the-way girl from H-Town, who also happens to be that pop star that’s been grinding for a decade. That’s okay, because she’s been told it takes that long to become an “overnight success.”
If she has anything to say about it, and I believe her, she will be hitting your radar faster than you can say, “Oye como va.” She’s that Latin thang you should know about, but maybe haven’t heard about…quite just yet.
The sexiness is a moot point; it’s her music that she wants you to care about. With pop, dance, R&B, and, of course, Latin influences, she hopes to make music that, not only, makes you wanna’ dance, but that you’ll remember for years to come.
In [what was] this EXCLUSIVE no holds barred Popular Hispanics interview, Stefani Vara answered whatever we threw at her with grace, tact, and dignity.
Listen to Stefani Vara’s new single, “Middle of the Night,” coming to iTunes and Napster for your downloading pleasure very soon.
Click the first pic to go to her Twitter account and second, at the end of the interview, to get to her Facebook Page.
11. When I think of Houston, I think of Destiny’s Child and that chopped and screwed music. Will any of that be making its way into your music? I would love and it would be an honor for one of my songs to be chopped and screwed. You are pretty official in Houston when that happens!!
12. Some artists, who shall go nameless, seem more interested in being a “star” than being an “artist” and perfecting their craft. Obviously, you need to get out there so people know who you are, hear your music, and buy it, but you also should be creating and performing if you are truly an “artist.” How do you toe the line between the artistry and the star-tistry? You can get lost in those high profile events and realize at the end of the day you still have nothing. It is important to continue to have a face and be in the scene, but also know what you want to get out of it. It’s important to have balance and continue to remind yourself why you are there! Product makes a career not a red carpet.
13. If you had to describe the sound your going for on your new stuff in a sound bite, how would describe it? And the sound of Storybook Diaries?
My sound now: Live, Fun, and Moving
My past album, Storybook Diaries: Soft, Sultry, and Deep
14. As Hispanics, we’re often seen as sexy and sensual people. I’ve seen some of your photos and your sexiness was obviously being played up (see Part 1, Pic 2). Is there a line where you fear the public may not take you seriously as an artist? Or is it about authenticity in your artistry, sexiness, and just how you overall present yourself? It’s definitely about authenticity. I am very comfortable and confident in me; therefore I don’t worry so much about what people think! I enjoy artistry and being creative – Staying true to yourself and what makes you happy is what really matters.
15. Talk about the new single “Middle of the Night.” What were you trying to do with it lyrically and sonically? With “Middle of the Night” I wanted to keep the sexiness and have a track where people would want to get up and dance and remember the lyrics. I have had so many people say, “It sticks in my mind.”…That’s exactly what I wanted
16. Tell us about what we can expect from your next release. The next release is a work-in-progress. It’s very raw, live, and I think you’re going to like [it]! I am working with a producer here in Houston and I am excited to be recording again and working on a new project!
17. Your story of the artist whose first label home does not work out is not necessarily unique. Any advice for up-and-coming artists who may find themselves on a similar path? I stay positive in all my situations; because for me to grow and become stronger God wants me to learn from my mistakes. I feel my label deal was unique – every label deal with every artist is different! It didn’t necessarily not work, it just wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. To me, something not working would have been that I never had this opportunity to record an album.
My advice for all other emerging artists is to stay positive and keep moving. Think of each situation as a learning experience to be better or go another route! If it is meant to be, believe me, it will be!!
18. Do you want to distinguish yourself from other artists? Or is just about doing what you do well even if it’s been done before? I just feel like me being me distinguishes myself from everyone else. It’s about style and personality! I would never want to be put in a category as oh, everyone does that.
19. Who are you diggin’ musically right now? Along the same lines, of who is out now, if anybody, who is Stefani Vara’s competition? I am really diggin’ Bruno Mars, Aventura, Juanes, and Lady Gaga. I don’t worry about competition because I am doing what I want and how I want; so, to me, I stay focused on creating and continuing on my own path.
20. Any last words for the purposes of this [Popular Hispanics] interview? Thank you so much for this interview and [the] support! I continue to work hard in the hopes of being a role model to young Hispanics who are pursuing their own careers. I look forward to sharing my music with you and shouting you out when I’m on a red carpet!!! Gracias!!