Miss Bolivia Talks Feminism, Writing Her First Punk Song: Interview

Miss Bolivia
Guido Adler

Miss Bolivia

Argentine singer Miss Bolivia (real name: Paz Ferreyra) talks to Billboard Argentina about the future of the music industry, feminism and writing her first punk rock song:

You're recording new songs, and you're considering not releasing it in a physical format. Where do you think the music industry, and this format, are going?

I ask myself that too. I talk to my colleagues and with the record company I work with. On the one hand, I think records are interesting because it is something that is similar to a journey, from the first song to the last. But sometimes, the physical format becomes obsolete.

My computers at home don't have CD drives, nor do the new stereos. The only place I can listen to them is in the car. So many times, my husband and I just grab the car and go for some ice cream, just to listen to one.

I'm more romantic and old school, I love album sleeves and the like. I'm thinking I'll release songs and then get them together to form a record. I haven't decided yet if it will come out on physical format. The industry is in a period of transformation: Record companies are focused on digital platforms and live shows. 

What's your opinion on everything that's going on with the feminist movement?

We're in a moment of great empowerment, both individually and collectively. Male violence has the bar raised very high, and so the bar of the tools designed to reduce violence against women is slowly rising.

I've always tried, from the very start, to bring forward the subject of violence against women, and it's part of the responsibility I assumed as an artist. Being on a stage and having a microphone gives you power to transmit and give the fight a voice.

In Pantera ("Panther," in English), you've got a song about it: "Paren de Matarnos" ("Stop Killing Us"). Why did you choose punk for that song?

I come from punk rock. I was a <a href="/music/Ramones">Ramones</a> fan during my teenage years. I remember the days of them playing in Obras stadium and their endless shows. I went nuts. Each song lasted 2 minutes, but it was one after the other. I enjoyed being all sweaty in the mosh pit. Now, I'm older, and I'd rather sit down with a bottle of wine and enjoy. Yet, my writing had never gone that way. This is the first time I try.