INTERVIEW: Kendra Erika

Hi Kendra, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

– I’ve been great. A lot of exciting things are happening, and the universe is bringing my vision to an amazing place. It’s all about putting the right energy and vibes out in your world so that everything plays out smoothly.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Miami Love”?

– Yes. “Miami Love” is a song I wrote out of the need to represent my hometown of Miami. I co-wrote it with the very talented Aimee Proal, who wrote for artists such as OneRepublic and Kelly Clarkson. I wanted to let people into my world of the exciting and passionate love affairs Miami can bring into your life. The heat of the city and the vibrance people are so drawn to is something that yields much excitement when you are with someone so intriguing. Miami is a fast-paced scene and can be very cinematic. However, something that is too good to be true, such as a silver screen experience, can end up making you stronger as a woman.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

– Like all my songs, I write from experience. I have been in love affairs, which have made me stronger as a woman. I have been involved not out of malice, but out of the fact that I enjoy primal moments and have a zest for life’s beautiful experiences. Cinema at its finest.

How was the film experience?

– That experience I always love. Since this one was more like a movie, being in the moment all the time throughout the process was something I really cherished. My vision was very vivid in my mind, and being able to express that was so satisfying. I love creating visuals for people to connect with and enjoy like a fine vesper martini.

How was the recording and writing process?

– The writing process is always a fun one. Experiences that have helped me grow into a stronger woman are always the ones that I write about. The words came very smoothly because of that and melodically, we wanted to create something beautiful yet dramatic.

How has the 70s and films have influence your music?

– The 70s were a time of pure fun. Me being a purist, I enjoy that time period. The movies were simple, yet of a classic nature. Especially the Bond movies, I love the chemistry between Bond and his Bond girls. The Bond girls have always been an underlying influence on me as an artist and as a woman for that matter. I love how they always keep their cool, and keep their sexuality of a tasteful nature. Being classy and iconic is what I strive to be. The 70s were that time when icons were more popular than fads. As far as my music goes, I love making my music sound cinematic with lush strings and bold horns. Being able to capture your listeners with a lustful experience is something I always enjoy doing.

Any act or movie in particular plays a big role in your album?

– I have to say definitely Bond himself. He is my muse and the love of my life. From Connery, Moore, Brosnan, to Craig, the Bond persona is something I love being with. I feel empowered being a Bond girl just because I embrace my self-awareness when it comes to getting what I want out of life.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

– Absolutely! I have a new single called “The Truth Never Lies” releasing June 24th. This is more deep house, yet still intimate in its cinematic experience. It’s a very sensual song. Definitely one that will heat everything up. It gets you ready for the summer poolside and the bareness of bodies. The song is a story of two lovers who whisk each other away in this Bonnie and Clyde experience, but more like a Bond girl being whisked away by her Bond man, and she has all the power.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

– Yes, June 24th.

Any plans to hit the road?

– I am looking forward to touring next year. I really want to start by doing an acoustic set, for my roots are strong in the nostalgic jazz genre.

What else is happening next in Kendra Erika’s world?

– Always allowing the most beautiful experiences captivate me and inspire me to continue making music.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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