It was not too long ago, that the world caught eyes on Claudia Alende who happens to sport a striking resemblance to Megan Fox. The 24 year-old Brazilian singer, model and business woman comes from Parana, Brazil and first got attention in 2014 when she competed in Miss Bum Bum, which is a yearly competition that seeks the most beautiful backside in the country. Although she finished as vice champion, since then she managed to garner 20 million followers and subscribers collectively across all her social media platforms and taking a look at her its not hard to question why.
In 2017, Claudia was named one of the top 15 Instagram Influencers you should follow by Forbes Magazine, who referred to her as “As both a model and businesswomen this Brazilian influencer offers a combination of health and beauty content, business advice, motivational content, and lifestyle images. Known for both her beauty and business success, Claudia puts forward the image of the modern woman who can succeed in all aspects of life.”
Recently, Claudia Alende released her new single “Spotlight”. and we got a chance to talk with her about her music endeavors, everything she has going on for her, and what’s next for the social media powerhouse.
Where does this interview find you? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood? What’s your favourite song currently?
I’m in my home office. There’s music in the background, Famous – French Montana, currently my favorite song. Upbeat songs and old songs that remind me of good things, those put me in a good mood.
When you were growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there a time where you thought of doing something completely different?
Yes and no. For most of my childhood, my dream was to be a singer, but as I was growing up things were changing and my dreams started to fade. As we grow older, we start to see the reality and begin to accept that things are not as simple as we thought when we were kids. For part of my high school, I was studying to go to medicine school, to follow in my dad’s footsteps. My earliest musical memory is of me singing at my parents’ house on a holiday when I was kid.
If you had to choose between being a model or a singer, what would you choose and why?
Singer. Music is much more satisfying – every aspect of it. I’ve always loved to sing, and to do things related to music. I took vocal lessons, piano, music theory and flute lessons when I was younger.
Musically, did you approach this year any differently then you did last year? How has 2018 been treating you and your career? What are you most excited about for in 2019?
Last year I released my debut song “I’m Good at Being Bad.” I was inexperienced in the music industry (and still am), so it was exciting and challenging at the same time. This year I’m a little more mature and conscious about my past mistakes on the first release. So I released my second song “Spotlight” with a new perspective. It’s a totally different song vibe, creation process, song marketing – everything. Now I’m looking forward to releasing more music and music videos this year and next.
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown has affected you and your music today?
I’m from a city in Brazil with a population of only 80,000. So it was a tiny city but it was full of music. Most of my hometown friends had their own bands, so I was always around music. I started vocal lessons when I was 11 or 12 years old, and used to sing at local gigs.
How did you get into modeling?
I did some modeling between the ages of 10 and 13, but nothing serious. It was really just a phase [laughs] then, but it got more serious when I competed in a beauty contest in Brazil and I was on TV shows, doing brand endorsements, and being featured in the media. The funny thing is that my motivation in the beauty contest wasn’t modeling. My motivation was a new life far from the countryside, something exciting, something different. I just wanted to be as far away as possible from that life.
Can you talk about how your latest single “Spotlight” came together? What was the inspiration for it?
“Spotlight” was so much fun. I learned a lot about the production process, about music, my voice, and myself. Every song is unique and shows a different side of me. They’re part of who I am. For instance, “Spotlight” is about my life path, how I always knew I could make it – could succeed. How I knew I could do something exciting with my life. It’s really about my journey since I left my hometown.
How long does it usually take you to write a song?
It depends. It can take an hour or a month. As the song starts to take its shape, you create new lyrics or modify them.
With the summer over now, what was something fun or new that you tried this summer?
I moved to Los Angeles at the beginning of summer, so that been new and fun. I’m really loving it here. And of course the release of the new music.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I love Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, Johnny Cash, Hozier, Adele, Post Malone, Justin Bieber, and so many more. I’d love to work with all of them [laughs]!
What do you think about the Internet as a tool for promoting yourself and your music?
I think it’s the best tool I know. I was actually “created” in it [laughs]. I get what they mean by “Internet famous.” It’s giving me so many amazing opportunities. You need to know how to use it though, how to promote yourself and your music the right way. To me the key is consistency. And then the limit is wherever you want to reach.
What are your plans and hopes for the future with regard to your music?
To get into the charts, get my music heard by as many people as possible. I’d love to start performing too, and touring.
Anything else you would like to share?
I’m working on the music video for “Spotlight,” which is exciting. And I’m working on a cosmetic line as well.
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