Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Pop Star”?
Well “Pop Star” is my first single with a major label, and it’s really a stamp of most of my music qualities as a singer/songwriter and producer. My in-house producer Stanley Randolph and I made this song together. The inspiration behind it was that I was having some financial issues, and it made me sit and think how a lot of people and kids from the same background as me have no options. Furthermore, we don’t have the option of quitting. So when we really choose a path we really go for it. That way of thinking is due to our parents – or in my case, my mother.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The filming process was amazing! I had never been on a set that expensive before! Michael Garcia and his amazing team worked wonders. It was a life altering day for me to see myself on a major scale type video. It gave me chills.
How was the recording and writing process?
Originally it was written in my hotel room. Early on in my career, I realized that listeners want to feel hype and want to stunt. But at the same time, they want a balance of realness and hardship, so I decided to make a song about being a “pop star”. I had never before referred to myself as a “pop star” or wanted to be one before, but something about that word has a lot of success and financial liberty to it. So for me, it was more of a statement to just be a regular Mexican girl raised in the U.S. wanting to be more than just regular, you know? I think some people strive every day to push outside of the box.
How does your Latin roots gets to influence your music as a whole?
Whew my roots run deep! I was raised in a community surrounded by Hispanic people. My first language was Spanish due to my mother speaking Spanish at all times. She would only speak English when she had to. I grew up learning and practicing my culture through mariachi music and ballet folclórico. Since my childhood it has been embedded in me to be proud and stand strong and never lose sight of who and what I am.
How do you go on blending your Latin heritage with your much Americanize perspective?
Well I strongly believe that it’s not a thought for me to blend. My whole life is a blend. I was never here nor there. I was never just American and never just Mexican. My brain thinks in both languages, if you know what I mean. It comes so natural to see both perspectives during songwriting. And I feel although we are in too different places kids in Mexico and kids in the U.S. want the same things. Just a good life.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes for sure more music! I love to be prepared and have a plan. I have roughly 60 songs done and ready to release! Although I can’t exactly reveal what’s next, I can say that I will follow up with something great!
Would you keep diving deep into the themes of the American dreams or what other topics you may have in store coming up?
The American dream is definitely a huge topic of conversation. But I also am diving deeper into the problems and emotions we face as young adults and teenagers. We face things so head on that sometimes we hurt ourselves very badly. I feel like at these ages we feel things 1000 times more than usual. Most of the time older adults assume we are over exaggerating or “we’ll be fine tomorrow”. Sadly that’s not always true. It scars us. Especially in trust and relationships moving forward in our lives.
Any plans to hit the road?
Performing is my favorite thing to do. I plan to go to every city I can, but at the moment nothing is set yet. But soon come!
What else is happening next in Poe Leos’ world?
Well for me, I have a song releasing on an incredible soundtrack, but I can’t say anything else yet! All I can say is keep your eyes open come April!