Our Exclusive Chat with Filipa

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What’s the story behind your latest single “Do Something”?
Since I like to be transparent with my music, “Do Something” was written at a time where I was dealing with the confusion and frustration of a “pending” romantic relationship. It was my way of expressing my sentiment of “if you like me, just do something!” I wasn’t coming from an angry or bitter place, but just from one of not appreciating the uncertainty while still maintaining the calm and confidence. Mixed signals are frustrating and I like to know where I stand. So, the song sums that up.

Can we expect an EP or more singles?
Of course! I’ve been working hard on new material and I’m super excited to share it soon…

What do you hope listeners take away from your music?
The one thing that I hope they take away is that it is important to speak up and express themselves. I do that through my music and I hope that it enables others to have that same confidence to do so too. I believe that expressing your thoughts and feelings is essential for one’s own peace.

Are there any ways growing up in South Africa shaped your music?
Growing up in South Africa has not only shaped my music but also who I am as an individual. I learned about diversity and the many forms of expression out there. The place where you grow up always plays a major role in your life: what you saw, who you met, who led you by example, how people behaved around you, and how you perceived them. My music is definitely a product of who I am and of my many musical and cultural influences, because of my roots.

When did you realize music was your calling? Do you remember the first song you wrote?
Since I can remember, I always knew that music was my calling. As a little girl I would always perform and sing for family and friends and gradually began to become more and more serious about pursuing it professionally. The first song I wrote was when I was about 9 years old. I still have the paper that I wrote it on (with tons of spelling mistakes!).

What’s one song you wish you wrote?
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson.

What do you think the future of the music industry will look like?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I think the future of the music industry will rely heavily on AI. From writing to producing and even to vocal performance.

What have you been watching, reading, and listening to in quarantine?
I’ve been watching Gilmore Girls, listening to a lot of Fletcher and JP Saxe. I’ve also been reading tons of music blogs and classic fiction. I’m currently reading “The Count Of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas.