Los Angeles is a city known for its glitz and glamour, a hub to artist who are looking for that big break. Aricka J is amongst the hopefuls, a star whose authentic and unpretentious style shows a future bright with cheer. This young singer/songwriter gave me (on behalf of Blogcritics) an all access pass into her life. We also discussed her debut album Welcome to My World in this exclusive interview.
What is it about music? What's the driving force that keeps you going?
I consider music to be a universal language. To me, it’s the only art form on earth that everyone has in common. Who doesn’t like to music? People may listen to and view different styles of music, but music is music. It connects all shades and colors of life. It’s a beautiful thing.
What keeps me going is my love for music. Music is my life’s passion. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to learn, be involved or surrounded by music. No matter what mood I am in, I can always find a song to match my emotions and or help me cope with a situation. So I guess it can also be a form of therapy in a way. Music is so inspiring to me on every level in every way.
Your album is said to "drop" soon, so I have to know which songs were the easiest to record or put together?
For me, the easiest songs to write are the ones I am writing as I am experiencing a particular situation. When in that moment, I could write five songs about the same topic in different ways. The lyrics just flow.
I wrote my first single, "Good Girl Gone Bad" in 15 minutes before heading out to the studio to record it. We created the beat the night before not knowing specifically what the song was going to be about. When I went to bed that night, the beat was fresh in my head. Immediately when I woke up, the lyrics just came to me and I grabbed a small note pad and started writing the words down. I headed out to the studio with about five to six pages of the note pads and recorded the song that day.
You've been chasing this dream since you were a child. How does it feel knowing your debut album, Welcome to My World, will soon be in the marketplace?