Updated: May 31
Bridging language and cultures together into her signature soundscapes, KORDELYA is a vibrantly authentic electro-pop artist known for her striking sound design, charming personality, and, at times, sarcastic lyrics. Having lived with her family on both sides of the border -- in Monterrey, Mexico, and Houston, Texas -- Spanish lyrics are seasoned with the hybrid slang vocabulary dubbed “Spanglish,” as words reveal emotional resonance and vulnerability. In cinematic videos, she brings these songs to life with a mesmerizing presence. KORDELYA is an accomplished producer who lives behind the board creating her immersive tracks. She shapes samples in unexpected ways. The flapping of a bird’s wings is transformed into a percussive shaker. After a prolific year with a series of singles, collaborations, and remixes, she is now preparing for the release of a new full-length album, niña en la LUNA, a phrase that translates as “girl on the moon,” and a title with personal significance as KORDELYA notes. Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and that has hugely impacted your artistry. "I’ve had many and I’m very grateful for that. One that comes to mind was when I played my first major festival, Osheaga. We played right before Glass Animals, which I was a huge fan of, and that whole weekend opened my eyes to the many possibilities of what sharing your music is like and the powerful feel of hearing people singing it with you. Also the feeling of having a camaraderie with a group of people that you call your team and bandmates was such a rush and exciting feeling. I still have the t-shirts with the poster on it and I can't believe my name was next to those artists in that lineup." How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist? "By being conscious about taking breaks, working out, eating healthy and checking in with my mental health. Not being too hard on myself if I make a mistake on a show for example. Striving for balance in everyday life is an area that I take pride in working towards and incorporating in my creative process." Who did you learn from to instill those values? "Other musician friends that have been doing this way longer than I have. Though I didn't really have mentors in the industry, I found my relationships within music varied and allowed me to be exposed to different mindsets, professions, and specialities. I learned so much about the different layers that go into building and protecting my artistry as a creative, but especially as a woman - it was the moment I learned how to come into my own power of independence. I knew I had to empower my skills and knowledge to better contribute in meaningful ways not only to sessions but my career as a female artist and producer. Being prepared in any situation really empowers you as a musician, artist, performer, producer to then adapt and deal with the developing stages of your career and life in general." Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art? "For sure — When I started, I was very obsessive and got tunnel vision which made me let other parts of my life fall out of balance. I'm still obsessive these days but to a point that's not as detrimental as it was before, now I turn that energy into a more proactive work ethic that pushes me to be the best artist and person I can be without holding on to unhealthy expectations of perfectionism and exhaustion." Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first? "Yes — when I stopped sleeping. I had really bad insomnia and anxiety and noticed something needed to change otherwise I couldn’t keep doing what I do. That was a big wake up call that in order to better show up to others, I had to show up first to myself and prioritize better planning and healthier steps that preserve my own inner source of wellbeing. Tapping into being more forgiving by reducing the pressures of perfectionism is an evolving healing journey. Being proactive over productive is living authentically to your own sense of self, power, confidence, and source." How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle? "By checking in with yourself and others every once in a while. It really gives you perspective about where you are at when you are there for somebody else. Also being super real and authentic in connecting on social media, I think is important. Engaging friends and fans in opportunities to see me in a more intimate setting, like the most recent contest we held for my last single "OportUNO" where I got to host a zoom meeting and thank everyone for commenting on the music video. Taking time despite the chaos and craziness of everyday life to just be present, goes a long way." In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other? "Through my lyrics. What song they respond to is very telling of what they are going through. That kind of bonding shared with my fans really brings a realization that my work as a musician, artist, and producer can vehicle a story others can relate to and find healing in. This means everything to me." Who checks in on YOU when you need it most? "My family and closest friends." Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how has it changed your life now? "I guess drinking less coffee and better self-talk. It doesn't sound like much, but it's been really tough to change." Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need? "Honestly, anime. Things like Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Naruto because they always find a way to go beyond their limits to achieve their goals. Also any theme song from My Hero Academia can always motivate me to work out." What is the mantra of 2022?! "Everything is always working out for us." Give all the inside scoop on your latest project! "I am actually coming out with my next single this Friday May 27th, 2022 - so stay tuned! All I can say right now is that I’m experimenting a lot on the production and I’ve never made an album like this. It’s a coming of age story that weaves in themes of discomfort, growing pains, heartache, and reclamation while stepping out of your comfort zone as the true sacrifice to personal freedom. The title of the album is what I used to be called back in the day and it was always said like a tease or backhanded remark. Not at all a compliment. So I decided to now use the very expression as a title point and reclaim its significance."