SHARKY

From Trap to Rock, SHARKY doesn’t know about genres.
Just fun!

From Barcelona now based in Tampere, SHARKY is an alter ego. The alter ego everyone has inside willing to go out and see the world. 

It is hard to tag this project with a music style. From trap to rock, but also other world sounds, SHARKY ‘s songs mix all genres.

Putting all her skills together, she produces her songs, music videos, and artwork.

We interviewed SHARKY to learn more and find out what she’s up to.

What got you into music?

I don’t think there was a moment where I “got into music.” Music is – and has been – always around me: on the radio, in the car, at the movies, in videogames… So it is hard not to get into music when it is all around you!

When I grew up, people saw my interest in music as a hobby. So I started to see it also as a hobby until I realized I didn’t want it to be a hobby.

Actually, I don’t like the word “hobby”, it has no sense for me. But it was two years ago when I saw my life career could be around music.

And it’s funny because, at first, I was going to apply for Interactive Media studies, cause I still didn’t believe I could be a musician. But then, I read the application task for Music Production and I thought “Hey! I actually know how to do this…”, so I risked it all and did the Music Production pre-task.

I don’t regret it at all.

When did you start making music?

I started making my own music as a kid when I improvised with the piano at the lessons. We were many kids in the same class so, every time the teacher was helping other students, I played my own stuff. I didn’t like the songs she made me play so I never practiced them, I preferred creating my own songs.

But at that point, I didn’t know I was actually making my own music. It was more like playing around.

Some years later I downloaded FL Studio on my PC and started creating electronic music. From electronic music, I ended up doing Trap beats. I never recorded vocals for those beats because my main idea was to give it to my friends at some point.

But once, I did a beat I really liked, and then the lyrics came to my mind so fast. So I waited until one day when I was home alone, and I recorded the vocals in the living room with my cheap microphone.

It took me over a year to show that song to anyone. That was already last year when I was in Finland. The day I released that song was one of the scariest days in my life. It was Old Stuff.

What is your creative process like?

It is so hard to answer that question because I don’t even know myself. When I hear the songs I’ve already produced, I don’t remember how I ended up with the idea. It just happens. Sometimes I just sit in my desk and at the end of the day I have a new song, and sometimes it takes me weeks to create a song. But I like it this way. I never know when I’m gonna sit at my desk and end up with a new song!

But what I can tell is how I make the songs generally. The first thing I always come up with is the beat, if the beat is good, thousands of ideas come to my mind pretty fast.

Then I record guitars and add some synths. And when all the sounds are ready, I finally think about the lyrics and record vocals.

Oh! And then mixing! I love mixing!

Is there something or someone that inspires your music?

So many things. But mostly my feelings are the main source of inspiration. I’m a really introvert person so this is the way I have to kind of “let it out.”

Also, nature and humanity have a big role in inspiring me. Not only in the lyrics, but in the sounds I use. I like to combine sounds from everywhere and from all genres, but always knowing where they come from. I wouldn’t use sounds if I didn’t know where they come from, or what is the history, culture, and movement behind them. It would be disrespectful.

What’s your favorite song to perform?

I really enjoy performing all of my songs. They are all so different that, when I play, each one is a different experience. But I have to admit that my favorite songs to play are those that make my jump super high!

If you could collaborate with anyone, dead or alive, who and why?

The first artists that came to my mind are Rico Nasty and AURORA, but of course, there are many more. Even though they play different music, they both are really young and a big reference for me.

From Rico Nasty I like the power she has to tell things while singing. She knows what she’s saying.

And from AURORA I like the connection with nature and the origins, that she transmits in all her songs. I also like how she has a delicate but powerful voice.

So I would definitely collaborate with them.

But being realistic, I would really like to collaborate with all my friends that are creating content, not only musicians but also all kinds of artists. They are creating super awesome content and I’m super impressed of them. We should support us more!

What is SHARKY’s future looking like?

Well, right now it is really hard to think about the future when everything is stopping. If you had asked me this question a month ago, I would have had a clear answer. I had a plan, a good plan with a lot of work behind. But now I had to stop it.

But I’ve always been pretty good at improvising so I guess it is time to get that skill back and try to make from that situation a path to go on with my project. If I stop, SHARKY stops. So even though Coronavirus has stopped everything, it doesn’t mean I have to stop creating content, and sharing it!

And I can’t wait until all my songs are released under my first album! And, what I can say, is that it is closer and closer every day.

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