Cami, Chilean Popstar on the Rise, Connects to 'Timeless' Norah Jones: Interview

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Jon Jacobsen

With her successful debut album, Rosa, under her arm, Chilean popstar Cami showed that her music is also hitting hard on the eastern side of the Andes. For two promotional visits, she opened for Morat and Luciano Pereyra.

Increasingly confident, and growing by leaps and bounds throughout Latin America, Cami was recently nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best New Artist category.

Here, she talks to Billboard Argentina about her love for Norah Jones, comparisons to Rosalia, her friendship with TINI and more.

How did it feel to present yourself in a small place compared to the arenas and the great stadiums of Chile where you used to sing?

I feel that each stage has its own magic, its own character and personality. It is true that in an arena, everything is very big and there are many people, but in a small place, there is a proximity that is easy to recognize but difficult to forget. You can look at the public in the eye, something that is impossible in a stadium, but I love all the places where I present myself.

Do you remember what show influenced you the most as a spectator?

I had the opportunity to travel to the United States with my family and watch many jazz shows, both in small and large places. I also remember a Residente concert. But the one that marked me the most was one by Norah Jones in Chile. I feel that I have a special connection with her music because of her timeless character, and that is something that I would love to achieve in my career.

Do you mind being compared to Rosalia when she was younger?

I love Rosalia, but I feel we are very different. Today, I see her very involved with the urban scene, and the closest I did to that was the cumbia. It's not that I dodge the genre, but I don't consider myself good at trap. I don't have the essence or the attitude that urban music requires.

Is there a new batch of Chilean artists, of which you are part, or has it always existed and the rest of the world just learned thanks to the rise of social networks?

I feel that I cannot answer this question exactly because I am part of a new batch of Chilean artists, and I do not know how the industry was managed in the past. I only know that at one time, everything was very politicized, closed and circumscribed to intellectuals. But luckily the scene changed with artists like Javiera Mena who contributed something new; they managed to endure. I'm very cool with her, and I respect her a lot as an artist. I am very proud of what is currently happening with Chilean music.

Would you like to work with Tini Stoessel?

Yes, I'd love to. We are great friends, and I admire her a lot as a person, but above all things as an artist. We make very different music, but I love how she works on her shows, the production, the choreography, the dancers and the band. We have a mutual admiration, but when we meet, neither sees the other as an artist, but rather as friends who share a lot of things.

Tini is tremendously generous, genuine and good. We met at a meal organized by Universal, our record company, and we hit it off as soon as they introduced us. Sebastián Yatra was also there, and I realized immediately that there was chemistry between them. Hopefully we can work together again. I don't know, maybe record a pretty ballad. We'll see.

Is it true that you are very careful with your diet?

Those who know me know that my breakfasts are monstrous. I love breakfast a lot. But for three years, I have not consumed animals. I don't eat meat, dairy or fish. I feel that I don't have the fluency or the experience to speak with authority on the subject, but I recommend watching some very good Netflix documentaries that talk in detail about it. There is very interesting data that should reach everyone to be well informed about it.

Is this information part of your music?

It's really a very new topic for me. I'm just getting inside, although I like to provoke a debate with my music and with my lyrics. It is not about being a purist overnight, but about provoking, little by little, a change. Making music for me is like having superpowers. Nor should we be prejudiced. Suddenly there are people who are extreme and fanatical and do not admit discussions. I do not want to reach that point because it ends up pulling away and scaring people.

Do you like the idea of ​​participating in a series, considering your taste for Netflix?

More than the series, I like documentaries. I would love to participate in a documentary, but not as fictional but more real, like the one on Lady Gaga, and I would not focus so much on my childhood but rather on the present, which is very intense both on and off the stage.


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