There is something refreshing about Aissa Torres. At once the playful pop songstress and seasoned industry professional, her fourth album is as rollicking as it is serious with tight arrangements, catchy hooks and meaningful ballads. With her debut radio single 'The Little Things' receiving an overwhelmingly positive response and climbing the charts, Aissa’s star is on the rise. Her success is well-deserved. It has not been an easy ride for Aissa, who initially found it difficult to generate support for her music, while finding it equally daunting to network with industry contacts. Now, all that is behind her and a new horizon beckons. In an interview with independent reporter Andrew Edwards, Aissa speaks candidly about her musical inspirations, mood music and why she believes this album is her best to date.
ANDREW: When did you first discover your love of music?
AISSA: I was always listening to music and singing since before I could talk. As I got older and got exposed to different kinds of music, my love for it became more of a necessity. I loved rock and freestyle and old school hip-hop, which wasn’t too old school when I was listening to it!
ANDREW: Your song 'The Little Things' is receiving a positive listener response on radio. What was your initial reaction when you first heard your song playing on radio?
AISSA: I was super ecstatic. It was a real high point in my journey so far, especially when I happened to tune in and heard it playing at that time! Telling my friends and family and fans that I was on the radio was such an exciting announcement and it let them know that finally, my dreams were coming to fruition.
ANDREW: What was the inspiration behind your debut radio single?
AISSA: That’s a really funny question because it’s called The Little Things and basically it was a culmination of how I felt about my ex’s! It’s a classic break up song where the twist is, the girl is NOT broken hearted, instead, she’s totally fine and moving on.
ANDREW: Would you say that the mood of your other songs is in the same vein as your debut radio single?
AISSA: Not really, that’s because music is a mood and I write and sing how I feel. It’s real and it’s soulful and unpredictable.
ANDREW: How would you characterize yourself as an artist? (ex. Down-to-earth, serious, fun-loving...)
AISSA: I would definitely say I am fun-loving. I really enjoy music and creating the music in my mind. I love to support other artists and I cannot imagine music not being fun!
ANDREW: Did you come from a musical background? Are there other artists in your family?
AISSA: My mom would always sing to us since we were little. But as far as any other members of my family being artists, none that I know of.
ANDREW:What do you find most rewarding about being an artist? What do you find most challenging?
AISSA: I would say the rewards are endless. I get to create the music that I feel in my heart and seeing it actually happen and listen to my creation. I also get to work with amazing producers and other artists and network with some amazingly talented musicians. I would say what is most challenging is getting others to get on board with what I am doing and to listen to what my message is about. It’s tough to network and it can be daunting at times, but the love of the music lives on and therefore I never quit.
ANDREW: Who are your role models in music?
AISSA: I personally love Missy Elliot and would love to work with her one day. She overcame so many obstacles to get heard and people respected her in the industry for what she was about, which was the music.
ANDREW: Describe your best or most memorable performance.
AISSA: I performed at the Deland Original Music Festival in 2011 along with many other talented artists. It was an incredible time to take up a whole street corner and get the crowds going with my music. We had an incredible crowd that night and everyone loved that I had dancers and that I was extremely animated and interacting with the crowd. It’s something I will never forget.
ANDREW: Do you have a music video for your hit single? If so, what can you tell us about it?
AISSA: I do have a music video. We had so much fun making the video, as it was my first one. I was very nervous about it but my friends on the set made me laugh so much, we just decided to have fun with it. I am very appreciative of everyone who played a part in it.
ANDREW: What advice would you give to young, aspiring artists out there who are unsure and need guidance?
AISSA: I would say that if you have the passion and you feel it deep in your veins, that you should pursue your dream and do lots of research. The research is important in whatever goal you pursue in life. Educate yourself, network, and build lasting relationships both in person and on social networks.
ANDREW: What's next for you as an artist? Is there a new single in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it?
AISSA: I am currently working on my fourth album. It’s a mixture of Rock and Pop and Hip-Hop and I believe it is going to be my best album to date. I have already recorded my next single and I will be doing a video for it soon! I cannot wait to let the world hear what is next from Aissa Torres!
ANDREW: We're looking forward to it, Aissa. Thanks for taking time out to share your story with me. I wish you good luck and continued success!
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