In an era where music acts as a bridge between cultures, Addessa emerges as a beacon of musical fusion, seamlessly intertwining her diverse cultural tapestry into a melodious symphony. Hailing from Italy, Brussels, and bearing roots in Ecuador, Addessa’s multicultural upbringing has indelibly shaped the very essence of her musical journey.
Her latest single, ‘Mirame,’ delves into themes of love and loss, offering an intimate glimpse into Addessa’s emotional depth. The song’s inception, inspired by Aventura’s “The Last” album, ignited a surge of melancholy and romanticism, leading to the raw and heartfelt creation of this deeply personal track. With ‘Mirame,’ Addessa infuses traditional melancholic tones found in Bachatas and Boleros with a modern beat, crafting an evocative and poignant musical offering.
As an artist navigating the multicultural labyrinth, Addessa ensures her music resonates not just with her personal experiences but also with a wider audience. Singing in Spanish—a language intrinsic to her identity—she seeks to connect with a global audience while teasing upcoming releases in English and perhaps even Italian in the future.
With her musical evolution on the horizon, Addessa hints at exploring diverse genres and promises an exciting release in the coming year, sparking anticipation among her growing fan base. Her music aims to evoke a spectrum of emotions, from nostalgia to romanticism, fostering a space for personal reflection and connection with her listeners—an immersive experience through each track, leaving a lasting resonance.
Your multicultural background seems to play a significant role in shaping your music. Could you elaborate on how your diverse upbringing in Italy, Brussels, and your Ecuadorian roots influenced your musical style and approach?
Growing up with a multicultural background spanning Italy, Brussels, and Ecuador, I found inspiration in the diverse musical landscapes surrounding me.Italian icons like Lucio Battisti, Gino Paoli, and Laura Pausini, alongside American/British hits from the ’80s, shaped my musical palette. With my Ecuadorian family, I embraced the sounds of several artists such as Pablo Milanés, Luis Miguel, Jarabe de Palo, Compay Segundo, La India and many more.
Individually, my immersion in ’90s/2000s R&B and pop, featuring icons such as Rihanna, Britney Spears, Shakira, and Destiny’s Child, further contributed to my eclectic taste. These diverse influences seamlessly blend to define and shape my unique sound.
You’ve mentioned being inspired by Latin traditional music, the ’80s, and ’90s pop and R&B. How do you blend these diverse influences into your music, and what unique elements do you think they bring to your sound?
Your latest single ‘Mirame’ touches on themes of love and loss. Can you share more about the creative process behind this song? What inspired the lyrics, and how did the collaboration with your producer influence the final track?
I remember that before listening to the beat of “Mírame” I finished listening to “The Last” album of Aventura and I don’t know what happened but I felt immediately inspired. The melody came immediately and I started writing. While we refined the instruments and melody, the final version closely resembles the
initial demo. What inspired the lyrics is Romeo Santos ahah not but I really felt melancholic and romantic when writing the lyrics and melody.
In ‘Mirame,’ your vocals shine alongside the instrumentation of bass, drums, and piano. Could you tell us about the emotional journey or personal experiences that influenced the creation of this particular track?
I aimed for the track to be exceptionally intimate and raw, making it my most personal one to date. I wanted to infuse the traditional melancholic tone often found in Bachatas and Boleros with a unique beat.
Your music is described as a fusion that connects your cultural backgrounds. How do you ensure that your music resonates not only with your personal experiences but also with a wider audience?
That’s why I chose to sing in Spanish—it’s a part of my identity, and being an international language, I believe it allows me to connect with a broader audience. I also have songs in English coming up. And who knows, perhaps in the future, I might explore singing in Italian as well.
As an emerging artist, what challenges and opportunities do you encounter while trying to establish a distinctive musical fusion that encompasses your diverse cultural influences?
Being an emerging artist is challenging, especially in Brussels where there’s a lack of support structure for artists, and I’m navigating the unique situation of writing songs in Spanish in a French-Dutch-German-speaking country. Despite these challenges, collaborating with other emerging artists in the vibrant local
scene is easier. Social media plays a crucial role, allowing me to connect with people globally. I’m hopeful about the prospect of relocating to a country that better aligns with my music in the near future.
How do you envision your music evolving in the future? Are there specific themes or messages you aim to explore in your upcoming releases?
Yes, definitely. I’m exploring different genres and there is a huge thing coming up real soon, at the beginning of next year. Stay tuned!
Besides your latest single, ‘Mirame,’ do you have any upcoming projects or collaborations that your fans can anticipate?
Yes! I have upcoming projects and collaborations in the pipeline, but unfortunately, I can’t reveal more details at this moment. Stay tuned for exciting announcements!
Lastly, what do you hope listeners take away from your music, especially from ‘Mirame’? And what message or feeling do you aim to leave with them through your songs?
I hope that listeners will connect with the raw and intimate emotions embedded in ‘Mirame.’ I hope to evoke a range of feelings, from nostalgia to romance and to platonic love, and leave them with a sense of personal reflection and connection.Through my songs, I aim to create a space where listeners can immerse themselves in the emotional journey each track offers, fostering a meaningful and resonant experience.