Rikki Valentina delivers a visual for the new single “What Happens When You Die?” a catchy song that displays her versatile songwriting and entertaining, vibrant vocal performance.
“This video is based on my younger mindset regarding the afterlife. As a child, I was raised in a Catholic household and was taught about what happens in the end by religion. Now that I am older and experiencing grief firsthand, I am questioning everything. The line “you never say hi” is based on multiple people telling me that my dad is always with me when it feels far from that,” says Rikki Valentina.
Rikki Valentina had a conversation with us and answered our distinctive 8 Questions. Check it out below.
Honk: Could you tell us how it all began? What encouraged you to start playing and making music?
Rikki Valentina: Growing up, I was surrounded by many musicians, thanks to my dad. He was a drummer in various bands, so I am an artist now. I have been singing since I was 13 years old, and it was in 2018 I started pursuing my career as an overall artist. I knew I couldn’t make it in the industry alone as just a singer. I had to act on the creative and business part of the industry as well. I just trusted myself, and sure enough, I made my way.
Honk: Talk me through your creative process when you write new music.
Rikki Valentina: For this particular song, I knew I wanted this song to start as a piano ballad but end in a film orchestration. The four songs I had in mind when it came to making this song were “Smother Me” by The Used, “Pretend” by Lights, “Welcome To The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance, and “Don’t Forget” by Demi Lovato. These songs were my favorites growing up and worked perfectly with the formula.
While writing new music, I like to sit by myself and make different suggestions on how I want a particular song to go. As an artist, I never appreciated just putting out multiple songs that sounded like one another. I don’t see any fun in that. I want to treat each piece as a film to tell my story.
Honk: Can you tell us about your new single, “What Happens When You Die”!?
Rikki Valentina: The inspiration behind this song comes from my experiences with death. In 2019, my father was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. That was the first time in my life I had experienced someone very close to me pass away. As time passed, more loved ones around me started giving, which was surreal. I was terrified but found comfort in writing this song.
I grew up in a Catholic household and was taught what happens when you die, but my grief had me questioning everything. During the funeral, people would tell me that my loved ones were always with me, which frustrated me. I wondered why I didn’t feel the presence of others and felt so alone. In a time of weakness, we want to know the answers and feel comfort. I made this song to make others feel comfortable when it comes to questioning the great unknown.
Honk: What do you like most about being a music artist?
Rikki Valentina: My favorite thing about being a music artist is that I can express myself through music. I can show a different side of myself through my vocal abilities, and I’m able to connect with others who enjoy my music as well.
Honk: What projects do you have coming up? Can you give us any info on them?
Rikki Valentina: I have yet to make anything come out for the rest of this year, but I am excited to show you what I have coming up. I can’t speak too much, but I know you will love it!
Honk: Do you have any advice for our readers who may be trying to enter the game of music?
Rikki Valentina: My most extensive advice to anyone looking to enter the game of music is to find your sound and do what works for you. My mantra is, “If you put yourself out there and work on whatever you believe in. You can do it.”
Honk: How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?
Rikki Valentina: I’m a bit of an advocate on the downsides of Social media and how it hurts our generation with anxiety, depression, etc. So #1, GET OFF of social media – it’s distracting! I’m into fitness and take pride in going on long hikes. It gets the creative juices flowing and helps me keep a clear mind. I also have a daily planner that keeps me on track to stay calm on a fully booked day. Writing things out has always helped me not get overwhelmed and feel in control.
Honk: Name Three things you can’t live without when recording in the studio.
- One thing I can’t even step into the studio without having is a good night’s sleep. It keeps my voice healthy and keeps me alert when it comes to the creative aspect.
- Secondly, Drink WATER. It’s essential. I make sure to hydrate myself constantly.
- Thirdly, it would have to be sweatpants. I am more creative and free when I am comfortable, lol.
Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Billions Is Back To Take Over What’s Rightfully Hers.
One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Billions.
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Billions is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.
At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.
She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.
Check out Barbie Billions latest release on YouTube below:
Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?
Barbie Billions – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!
When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?
Barbie Billions – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me.
Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?
Barbie Billions – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Barbie Billions – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.
Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?
Barbie Billions – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.
Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?
Barbie Billions – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.
What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?
Barbie Billions – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Barbie Billions – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.
What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
Barbie Billions – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.
Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?
Barbie Billions – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!
How can our readers follow you online?
Barbie Billions – For more information about my music, you can all follow me on all social media platforms below:
Instagram – @barbiebillions__
Twitter – @barbiebillions__
Tik-Tok – @barbiebillions__
Yeza Continues Making Headlines With The Release Of “Tek Chat”
Yeza continues to make headlines with the release of her recent trending single “Tek Chat.” It’s not a surprise that the “youth uprising” has been surging across global regions for a decade. The voice of the youth spoken, who generally have “low expectations that the government, corporations, and other institutions will prioritize them or consider their needs. The younger generation is connected to social justice and climate change; these all resonate with Yeza.
YEZA’s latest release, “Tek Chat” (produced by Sinky Beats & Yeza Music), is a Third World/Steel Pulse-esque reincarnation exemplifying meaningful narrations of the youth crying out and effecting social change.
In her own words and citing her inspiration for the track, “It is about time that we acknowledge that the bedrock of Jamaican culture and the fascinating assets that we put on display to sell to foreigners comes from the ‘ghetto minds.’ The ghetto birthed our precious musical genres, the reggae, the dancehall, which all have adopted.”
In tune with her powerful introduction to the track “Keep the vibes up high, and we never gonna let you down!!! Yeza cites many impactful achievements of Jamaicans, such as those sportspersons, fashion, and creatives, amongst others, that have risen from impoverished communities to global notoriety despite their humble beginnings.
These expressions create the solid cultural threads of the island, birthing genres and new sounds of music to top athletes. Yet, these residents are decimated the most by political intervention and lack of opportunities. Yet, Yeza, through her powerful lyricism, may be perceived as calling out the government on these matters. However, it serves as a reminder that the youth, most of all, are holding their leaders accountable for their mandates, which include sustainability and social change for the next generation.
This social commentary, “Tek Chat,” amplified by classic and modern instruments reminiscent of the greats like King Jammy and the significant dub era, is out worldwide (to include the official music video) on Friday, 18th November 2022.
Stream “Tek Chat” on Spotify
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