Watch out, Beyoncé, the self-described “R&B-ish” songstress Bahja Rodriguez is coming for your throne. The former OMG Girlz group member is working hard to make her dreams come true. Read on to find out how she plans to accomplish her industry takeover, one note at a time.
Describe your music and why you’re motivated to make it.
My music has a really cool, feel-good R&B-ish type of vibe. My passion and the love for music, as well as the people that love the music I make, motivates me to make it.
Where do you get your inspiration when it comes to performing and working with producers?
I wouldn’t say I’m inspired by anyone when it comes to working with producers. It’s really what I hear that I like and would want to create a song to. As far as performing, I would love to be able to perform half as good as Beyoncé.
My music is R&B and hip-hop. I do have songs that I have recorded that are pop or have the potential to cross over into pop.
Name three artists that give you inspiration when you’re in the studio to emulate the celebrity and the quality of music they produced.
Brandy, Aaliyah and Billie Holiday
Where are you when you write most of your songs?
In the studio and sometimes in my car.
What type of fashionista style do you have when it comes to performing and in your videos?
I really love the ’90s era of fashion, however I am very versatile when it comes to fashion. You can catch me looking sexy, classy or tom boyish depending on how I am feeling that day.
Describe your single and how it ties to to the video that you produced.
“Lipstick” gives off a ’90s R&B vibe with a modern twist. I’m singing about a guy that I meet that I really like and end up falling for. The video portrays a love story. It’s fun and sexy.
How do you use social media to communicate with your fans and to share your music with them?
I am very active on social media. I use twitter the most to interact with my fans. I share my music with my fans via my SoundCloud page, Periscope, IG and Snap Chat. I do video vlogs and post them on my Youtube page as well as live Ustreams, however Periscope is somewhat replacing the live Ustreams to a certain degree.
What would be some of your musical goals that you have set for yourself and your career?
To always produce great sounding quality music and win a lot of Grammy Awards. I write a lot of my music. I most definitely want to write for other artists.
When do you know that a song is exactly where you want it to be after you’ve been in the studio?
I can feel it. There are times I can go in the studio write a song and record it and once I listen down to it I know if its where I want it to be because I feel it right then. Then there are times I have to ride to it in my car and just vibe out to it to see if there is something that I hear I want to add and so forth.
Name five artists that you would like to work with on your next album.
Drake, Ty Dolla Sign, Pharrell, Rihanna, Kanye
Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Coco Chanel, Donatella Versace, Vera Wang
What are your dream travel destinations?
South America (ancient Aztec Ruins), Greece, Madrid
What was it like producing your most recent video?
I had a lot of fun filming the video. It was a love story type of video so I really enjoyed being able to act a little bit.
Who were the video directors and why did you select them?
Sean Bankhead directed the video. When I was in the OMG Girlz, Sean was our choreographer and creative director. Sean is a big brother to me and someone I trust and love a lot. One day we were vibing out to the song and discussing ideas for the video. Before I knew it he had put a treatment together and told me he wanted to direct it. I respect his creativity so much and there was no one else I would have wanted to direct it.
Three tips to any young woman looking to get start in the music industry?
Three tips I would give to any young woman looking to get in the music industry would be:
1) Learn as much about the business as you possibly can.
2) Never be afraid to ask questions. Even if you have to ask them a million times before you understand, don’t stop asking until you understand.
3) Make sure you have a team in place that believes in your dream as much as you do.