Get To Know 'Malamente' Singer Rosalía: Watch
This week, Billboard is getting to know “Malamente” singer Rosalía, as she chats about her biggest musical influences, how flamenco gave her confidence and much more.
Rosalía, who grew up in Barcelona, Spain, tells Billboard that she started studying music at the age of 13 and that the very first piece of recorded music that she purchased (from a gas station) was a cassette of the band Estopa.
As for which musical artists have influenced her the most, Rosalía notes that she draws inspiration from a wide range of genres, including classical music (such as Granados, Albéniz and Chopin), electronic music (naming Brian Eno and James Blake as influences), Spanish music, and flamenco, also mentioning talent such as Kanye West, Pharrell and Beyoncé.
Speaking of flamenco, Rosalía reveals that having studied it for nine years, she learned a very important lesson from her instructor, who taught her that she has everything inside of her and that she just has to pull it out. “That gave me so much confidence,” she tells Billboard, “And I appreciate that he told me that.”
In the interview, Rosalía also opens up about her song “Malamente,” which appeared on her second studio album El Mar Querer. “It's the first chapter of this record,” she explains. “It's about when you have a feeling that something is not going to end well. But [despite that], you want to do it.”
She adds that she took a very minimal approach with the song, which doesn't have much instrumental accompaniment. “That inspiration to do something very empty, it was important for me,” she says. “The use of the sample, to experiment with electronic sounds, and at the same time maintain this flamenco inspiration.”
You can watch the full video above to learn more about Rosalía, and check out “Malamente” below.