Written By Angenette Navedo
Who are you and what do you do?
Ha, fun question. Im still figuring out the best way to answer that; I had to loop back around to this one. Im a mother, a lover, a healer, and what i do is create. (destroy, create) I honestly know more of who i am not as opposed to who i am, i find it easier that way.
How long have you been involved with music & does anything inspire you when you're writing?
Ive been involved with music as long as I’ve been able to breathe on my own. from a very young age, i just vividly recall my mother blasting music from motown to erik b & rakim, i remember her singing every note and spitting every rhyme. i started off expressing myself through music through dance at age 5, shortly after i found my voice and learned i enjoyed song just as much as dance. Seeing that passion, my mom enrolled me in musical theater classes as well. I was singing and dancing machine as long as i could hold my own weight. After health restrictions kept me from dancing at 16, i fell into a depression and music and writing kept me afloat. Ive taken inspiration from the strangest things when I’m writing, literally anything and everything around me has some type of influence on what i create. I am an empath, i feel everything around me, and whatever i feel- i use as fuel. Ive made mini freestyles about people walking down the street and end up saying some fire bar and get to use it in an actual project. Random shit. It always depends on my intentions and mood.
Does being a mother make what you're doing more difficult?
Being a mother, quite frankly, makes most things more difficult- ha. But as difficult as it tends to get, its the most rewarding position ive ever had. Trying to make it in this industry, what im doing, is also something that is not easy to do- being a mother does make it that much more difficult. Makes it feel that much more impossible to achieve. With that being said, being a mother makes doing what i do worth even more.. not only do i have a point to prove and a message- but I have a someone is expecting me to show them right from wrong and set an example. So it aint easy, but its damn sure worth it.
Any advice to artists mothers who are struggling to balance being a parent and an artist& needing ways to make time for their passion?
The only advice i have is listen to yourself. You can’t achieve much of anything, (but especially not an artists lifestyle), if you don’t know even a portion of who you are- so you gotta find yourself, then listen to yourself and learn to trust yourself. If you can’t trust your own judgement, you’ll never trust another person enough to excel or grow, and that’s something you really need in this industry. growth. be uncomfortable and trust the universe got you as long as you’re doing what you need to and you’re not fucking up your good karma!
Tell me about your EP "Opaque"
Opaque is my heart. I guess the simplest way to put it, i’m still finding and mastering my own sound (if i even have one).. so this project was my introduction as an artist. Opaque is like the interlude to the rest of my musical life. Im pretty sensitive about this one.. its my baby forreal. which is why i ask for constructive criticism and want to hear what people have to say about it
I know life hasn't always treated you good what keeps you pushing when you wanna give up?
My daughter. Every day. And, I, honestly have an affinity for human beings, i want nothing but good things for all people, i believe in second chances and giving people the benefit of the doubt. (Has it always done me good to be this way? Absolutely not, Ive been bit in the ass more times than i care to admit. But it’ll never change who i am and how i treat others.) And that love i have, also keeps me going. I have a faith in humanity that can’t seem to be erased- and i feel like the part of humanity(whatever remains), as long as i have a voice, ill find a way to reach them and hopefully they’ll relay the message and the numbers can grow. Its not about much else for me.. my daughter and the island of misfit kids keeps me going.
What was the biggest lesson 2018 taught you & what do you wish to come of 2019?
2018 taught me way too many valuable lessons to choose one. But i will say, what ive taken away from this year (these 11 months), dont nobody got you like you got you.. you just gotta give yourself the same faith and chances you give all these people in your life that don’t even deserve it. Nobody deserves you more than you do, the best you, whoever that is to you. Its yours as long as you truly do or at least attempt to do whatever it takes to get it.
For 2019, i just wish for more growth, more patience and trust and love, more music. More laughter and better health. Much better health. I never even thought id make it here, so since i am, im going for longevity forreal forreal.
When & where did you perform for the first time & how was it?
My first performance as MamaBlue was in January and it was in participation with a dope movement and company called LaVita Gold, that show was in Long Island City. It was amazing. It was absolutely amazing. I only performed one song as a featured artist in my boy Preme C and Dula Pure’s set. But for that one verse, people were listening to me, people were fucking with me, i was invincible.
It's not even a question, just wanted to squeeze in that I'm proud of you.
You know, ive heard that more lately than i have my entire life and i still dont know how to just accept it. it feels so surreal to be here, to be doing this, to have people believe in me. I appreciate you. (So imma just take this opportunity to let YOU know how proud i am of YOU and YOUR growth. the people need to know. YOU ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. that is all.)
What can we be expecting from you this upcoming year?
You can expect more music. Much more music. More visuals. Some different shit. I dont like to set too many expectations, but that’s something ive learned this year. Its okay to be laid back and go with the flow, but shit doesn’t get done the way you want them to if you just ride in other peoples boats on everybody else’s wave. So set expectations and follow through, learn how to follow through.
What do you feel is the best way for artists to build a name for themselves when first starting off and how would you say you put yourself out there to be discovered?
BE YOU BE YOU BE YOU BE YOU BE YOU. Did i say it enough? be you. whatever that means, there has to be something you find about yourself that makes you stand out from the me too’s- and if you’re really about it, you just gotta be willing to put in the work and elbow grease (lol shoutout Elbow Grease gear, go check them out).. but seriously though, find your niche, promote yourself, network, stay true to you, dont forget why you wanted to do it in the first place.
Honestly, I didn’t have much confidence starting out. I was put out there more than i put myself out there. But its a perpetual goal in this game to be discovered, by the biggers and betters. Because technically ive been discovered, people know my name, but its about the next level, what’s next? Who’s next? Remain consistent. Vigilant. Smart. And KNOW YOUR WORTH. That is all. Thankyou for reading. Mama loves you.