We had the good fortune of connecting with Katiria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katiria, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe the most important factor for my success so far has been just staying true to myself. You know, I’ve had people tell me I need to change how I dress, dye my hair a crazy color, or even change my sound so I can ”stand out” or make it in the industry. But that’s just not me. I think when people listen to my music or see my work they can hear it’s coming from a place of love and sincerity. I don’t want to change who I am to fit the standards or expectations of others on what they think I should look like or sound like, I just want to connect with my fans and be vulnerable without judgement. Music is my safe space, and I hope it can be for my listeners.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Music was my first love. I don’t remember the exact day where I knew it was part of me, all I remember is knowing I couldn’t live without it. I felt understood and seen. My family thought I was crazy cause I would spend HOURS daily listening to music when I was younger, but I would study every sound I would hear, every word from the lyrics, the instruments used, the melody chosen, the metaphors with the meanings. Everything, I would study everything. I knew very early in my life that this was the art I wanted to make. So I started writing and signing up for any opportunity I could find to be on stage. My mom would spend hours weekly on my rehearsals, until eventually she signed me up to the School of the Performing Arts in Puerto Rico where I believe I found my calling. It hasn’t been an easy journey at all. There was so much self-doubt to the point I stopped making music because I was so discourage with what everyone would keep telling me.. ”if you rely on music, you will starve”, ”the music industry is brutal and you will regret it”, ”are you sure you’re good enough to make it?” I heard the most horrible things everywhere I’d go so I chose to start imagining my life with another career. I couldn’t.. I started regretting listening to other’s and thought I should’ve followed my heart. At the end of the day, life kept bringing me back to where I came from and where I was meant to be. Now I make music MY WAY and that’s all it matters. I found my voice and I’m sharing it with the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a hard question! There is so much to see in the city but I always try to stick with supporting small local business, black-owned and hispanic-owned restaurants and breweries since they’re so many that deserve the recognition! One of my favorite sports would be Raices Brewerly and Dos Luces. Besides that, what’s a better way to enjoy Colorado than going on a hike with the most amazing views of the mountains, lakes, and waterfall? I love the scenic views everywhere you go, from the Rocky Mountain National Park, down to Colorado Springs Gardens of the Gods or even the Great Sand Dunes!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It has been extremely hard to get started in the music industry without having the networks, but I’m so thankful to have found a great support system I’ve met since I started releasing music. I want to start by thanking everyone who is constantly sharing and listening to my music, I truly have some of the most loyal fans. Secondly, I have the honor to have multiple friends in the music industry now that keep me grounded and passionate about what we do. They motivate me and encourage me to always do better without the feeling of a competition. And third, thank you to CPR, Indie 102.3, Radio La Jefa, PBS CO and other organizations who have helped me get my music out there. Thank you for believing in my talent and supporting rising artists. I will be forever grateful.
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