Four years ago, Trinidad Riveros, better known as Princess Alba, became known with “My only one”, a song that, along with its respective video clip, was lucky enough to become a viral phenomenon on the internet, with which the Chilean artist had the opportunity to make herself known in various parts of Latin America.
But not everything was hunky-dory, since sudden popularity on the internet is usually accompanied by a disproportionate share of criticism, as happened precisely to her:
“I received a lot of bullying. I was still in college at the time and I remember there was a journalist waiting for me outside the school. My life changed radically in the blink of an eye, because although I have always dressed like this, many people in Chile said: Why is this little girl doing this, why is she putting on makeup like that, why is she dancing in the stadium in Colo Colo? There were a million things that came together and it was super shocking, although at the same time I had the opportunity to take advantage of that crisis to show what are the principles that govern a feminist girl, ”she says in an interview with El Sol de México.
He says that his beginnings in music were not easy, especially since he was trying to make himself known in a music scene dominated by men:
As a self-managed woman, it was extremely difficult to face producers closing their doors to me for being a woman or not letting me play at certain events because they believed that only certain types of people listened to me… It happened to me a lot at the beginning and that’s why I think I was a bit like cannon fodder in the Chilean music scene, because they told me: Why do you dress like that, because perhaps you sexualize yourself, why do you talk so much about your body, are you fat, are you skinny, etc., but I always had super clear my speech that I am the one who decides about my body, that I decide how to show myself and that it is up to me if I enjoy it… It was hard, but I feel that it has also helped other women who are entering the music scene, and it is that among all women we have a super important bond, an alliance to overcome the machismo that exists in the industry”
Fortunately for her, after the storm there is always calm, which in this case allowed her to move on to another period in which, as she presented new songs and made herself known on various stages, she began to make a name for herself in the scene of the so-called urban pop, which is that fusion of pop songs with elements of musical styles such as trap, R&B and reggaeton.
“Then I made a super experimental mixtape, with the tools that I had at home, recording in my room with my $30 microphone and mixing everything on my computer in a super rudimentary way, and luckily people started to like it, they liked it. that allowed me to generate more money to be able to make other videos and recordings in a more formal studio, so it has been super nice, because everything has been very gradual”, he shares.
Finally, in 2021 the artist published her first LP entitled Besitos cuídate, which represents a kind of quantum leap for her with respect to what she had done before.
and which he made in the company of producers such as the Chilean Pablo Stipicic.
“He was like the general producer and the one who was involved in almost all the songs, in addition to the fact that his studio in Chile is like my home, because there I compose and since we are super connected because there we are experimenting in a very friendly and nutritious process for both In addition to the fact that he also has a much more electropop background and that is very good because we mix it with urban rhythms, I am very happy to work with him.
Another important piece in the realization of this work was the Spanish Alizzz, with whom he produced two tracks:
“Alizzz always gives you a very eclectic question, because it is super rebellious in the sense that it offers you things that are perhaps strange or that seem to have little to do with it at first and I love that, that it is super risky although at the same time he knows very well how to create a hit”, he assures.
And finally there were two Argentine producers, of whom stands out:
“There is EVLAY, who makes a lot of urban music in Argentina and I liked it because we left our comfort zone and made a song inspired by shoegaze; I liked that he knew all those references, to say: Let’s put this part of My Bloody Valentine or Metronomy or Beach House… And finally there is Nico Cotton, another Argentine who I think is a super complete producer because he gets into all the edges , I learned a lot from him about how to develop a choir and that the verses arrive well and are super musical”.
Trini, as her relatives call her, describes herself as a great soccer fan. In fact, her stage name is a reference to the team she is a fan of:
“The thing about Alba comes from the colors of Colo Colo, which for me is the most important team in Chile, also my first song was about soccer, although obviously later I started talking about other things, but yes, I am a big fan and I’m always in the stadium”, he shares.
Musically, his greatest inspiration was his uncle Rubén Riveros, who was also dedicated to this discipline:
“He did shoegaze, in fact he was producing an album with Gustavo Cerati, but at 23 he died in a crash after a gig, and I don’t know, I feel that I somehow came to this life to continue what he started, so he is always present in what I do and on my album there are also several samples, as well as some of his voice and his guitar, which are super special to me”.
Another Chilean musician, also with the surname Riveros with whom Princesa Alba identifies, in addition to having collaborated with him -although there is no relationship between them- is Daniel Riveros, alias Gepe:
“When I was a girl I was a big fan of him, and when I realized his last name I thought that maybe we were cousins, and although we still can’t find that family bond, I think it wouldn’t be difficult, because he’s from San Miguel and so am I. I have family there, so I think there could be some connection there.”
About her process of musical creation, the artist who will perform this May 13 at the Indie Rocks Forum in Mexico City, admits her limitations, which she supplies with curiosity and support from the most experienced:
“The melodies I always start in my head, and then I start working on the computer, since there are now many tutorials on Youtube, which allows anyone to learn how to use Ableton or whatever you want… For me it was basically making a super beat simple, because I’m not an exceptional producer, just something that was functional, taking out the melody with a note and then presenting that to a producer. What I do have is that I know how to do hooks and choruses very well. But it is always born like this: I present a sketch to the producers and that is how each track is born”.
About his songs, he assures that they are all autobiographical and that they talk a lot about love and heartbreak, among other topics:
“I am always surrounded by my friends, so I think my songs are more like a chronicle of a 25-year-old girl, in which I show people what is happening in my daily life, to see how these people can relate. with that. But yes, the great topics are love and also solidarity between friends and the feminine force”.
Given the reign that urban rhythms (trap, R&B, reggaeton) currently have in the mainstream, Trini says that she intends to make more timeless songs, which do not necessarily correspond to a time or a sound.
“That’s not what I’m here for, I want to make records that will accompany you for a lifetime, not so much one hit wonders. Perhaps I prefer not to hit so hard, but to know that I am going to accompany them throughout their lives, and in that sense I feel much more attached to pop, which is like the common thread of music, along with rock, those are the two great guidelines of music and from there everything else branches off, and I feel that I will always be more faithful to that, to that romantic sense of music that endures over time”.
She adds that precisely living in a time when reggaeton predominates, she considers it a great achievement to establish herself on the side of pop music with which she grew up:
“My references are Miranda, Belanova, Spice Girls, Britney, etc., and I think I’m here to exalt a little bit that pop that raised us and that is within us all, with principles and as with small lessons that may help girls to shape her life in a more feminist and liberal way.
Before concluding, he says that the only thing he regrets is playing strong when the phenomenon of “My only one” happened:
“I played strong because I didn’t want the bullying to swallow me up and so I stood up and was fighting with people, although I never fight. Now that I think about it, maybe I would have liked to have been a little more calm and less aggressive”.
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