Upcoming singer-songwriter Barbara Teresa has swiftly created a buzz within the music scene with her genre-bending musical style & vocal vibrancy, which has attracted attention from fans & critics across the globe.
Barbara now looks to capture the hearts of music lovers once more with the brand new single “Saturday Night” & has kindly taken the time to talk with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution about her latest release, along with getting to know more from the artist herself.
Hey Barbara, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Barbara: Hi! Of course. I’m Barbara Teresa, an 18-year old independent artist from Caracas, Venezuela, based in Los Angeles. I’m a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, ukulele), and I’m currently teaching myself music production. I graduated last June and decided to take a gap year before heading off to college. I’ve been dedicating my time since then to making as much music as I can, and I’ve had an amazing time.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Barbara: I’ve always loved music. I was raised in a household where music was constantly playing; my dad, especially, was always sharing his favourite tunes with me, and since then I’ve had an affinity for music. Before I was even in elementary school, I could sing all the words to the Grease and Mamma Mia soundtracks, and most of Queen, Billy Joel, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Elton John’s discography. I first performed on stage on my own when I was in second grade, and I have been completely in love with it since.
Have you always known that you wanted to pursue a career within the music industry?
Barbara: Diving into the music industry has been a dream of mine for literally as long as I can remember. Throughout my time in school, though, I discovered I had a lot of other passions, and I had (kind of) made peace with the fact that I was going to be happy with a career in another field. Things changed completely as soon as I declared my gap year. I dived into making music head first, and I really hope that this is something I can live off of in the long-term.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Barbara: I’d describe my music as familiar pop with a bit of a twist: genre-blending pop. I am a HUGE Swiftie, so she’s definitely my blueprint inspiration (very pop-ish), but I love so many other genres that I always try to incorporate a bit of everything in the songs I write. For example, in my first single, “real life”, I added in elements of R&B and alternative music. In my most recent release, “Saturday night”, I included elements of funk and dance. I work with a wonderful producer who helps make all of this possible and has a very creative musical ear; he has definitely made this whole process feel like a breeze.
You have just released the brand new single “Saturday Night”. How did the idea for this single come together?
Barbara: I was inspired by an ex-boyfriend (classic, I know). We had recently broken up when I wrote this last summer. At this point, I knew that I was clearly having a harder time getting over him than he was getting over me, and “staying friends” had turned into a failed promise. The idea first came as a joke to me when I was hanging out with some friends and we were improvising over chords, but I liked the melody and lyrics so much that I finished the song as soon as I got home that day.
What does this song personally mean to you?
Barbara: I think that putting this single out has made me take myself more seriously. When I had just released “real life”, music still felt like more of a hobby, whereas now I’m at a point in my life where I’m working on music 7 days a week. I think I’ll always associate this period of personal growth with “Saturday night”. Listening to it serves as a reminder of all the changes I’ve gone through the last few months, and all the growth that’s taken place in that time frame as well.
How did your family & friends react to your recent release?
Barbara: Everyone is so excited! I showed my track to my family and a few friends before release, and they could not wait for it to come out. When I first posted an acoustic version of it on my Instagram, a lot of my friends told me that that was a song they were looking forward to hearing fully produced, so they were more than thrilled to find out that I chose it as my second single.
If listeners could take one thing away from this single, what would you like it to be?
Barbara: I’d tell anyone who listens to “Saturday night” that even though I know listening to it might potentially make you miss your ex, do not text them. It’s not worth it. Hahaha. In all honesty, this is just a fun track I hope people can jam out or even drive to. I wanted the track to be reminiscent of pre-pandemic times (hence the dance elements), and I’d like people to feel themselves back in that moment in time when they listen to it.
Do you have any musical releases planned that you are currently able to tell us about?
Barbara: Yes! I’m releasing a music video for “Saturday Night” on February 17, and my third single, “One Thing” is coming out in early March.
What are some of the things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Barbara: I love watching movies (some of my favourites are Awakenings, Rain Man, and literally any rom-com), reading romance novels, and talking about politics (or just talking in general, I’m a bit of a chatty person).
If you could perform a duet with anyone in the world, who would you choose & why?
Barbara: Sir Elton John. He’s been a constant source of inspiration for me ever since I was a little girl, and his music never fails to make me feel a rainbow of emotions. He is also such a talented pianist and seems like the loveliest person ever.
What is one song you always keep on your playlist & why?
Barbara: “The Story of Us” by Taylor Swift. It’s always been my favourite song on ‘Speak Now’. Her storytelling is just so good in this track, and out of her earliest songs has one of her best bridges. It’s definitely a song I won’t ever get tired of listening to. Also “Friday I’m in Love” by The Cure. It always puts me in a good mood.
What was the first album that you can recall purchasing & do you still listen to it now?
Barbara: When I was in first grade, I got a green iPod Nano (one of the really old ones) as a gift from my parents, and I remember one of the first albums I bought and downloaded was Avril Lavigne’s ‘The Best Damn Thing’. I was fully obsessed with her and her music, and she was probably one of the first singers that I listened to consistently and became a fan of (excluding all of the oldies I was used to hearing around the house). That and the High School Musical soundtrack, which kicked off my love for musical theatre.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Barbara: I hope that you’ve all gotten to know me a bit better and liked what you read, that you love “Saturday night” as much as I enjoyed putting it together, and that you stay safe!
You can check out “Saturday Night” on Spotify below.