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Artist Spotlight: Gianna
Gianna is a 20 year-old inspiring DJ, R&B artist, and full time student at Baylor University studying Psychology. She loves female R&B artists and has surrounded herself with art her whole life.
KWL: Alright. So, first of all, just tell us a little bit about yourself.
Gianna: I'm 20 years old, which is weird to say, because I feel like I am still 15. Full-time Baylor Psychology student, aspiring DJ and musical artist as well.
KWL: When did you first get into making music?
Gianna: I was looking for an unreleased song on YouTube when I was in high school, and then I stumbled upon instrumentals and beats. I thought they were cool, but there weren't lyrics to them because they weren't actually songs. So, I started writing lyrics to them, but I never did anything with it until I met a friend in college, who I ended up meeting on Tinder. We went on a date, and he's a SoundCloud artist. Even though we ended up being just good friends, the first day we met he took me to the University studio, which is in the basement of the library.
It is super small, really basic. The mic's mainly meant for podcasts and stuff, but that's where it all began. He wasn't very good at mixing, but I was just fascinated by everything at the time.
When I heard myself recorded with auto-tune and everything, I was like, "Whoa!" Like, "I want to do this."
KWL: So, you are a singer, a DJ, and you draw, correct?
Gianna: Yeah. I've been in art my whole life. Drawing was before everything else. My parents own a gas station, so when they would work, I would just be in the back all day drawing. But yeah, my life's just always been about art.
KWL: Tell us about your latest song, Contemplating, because I really like that song.
Gianna: Thank you so much. It took forever to come out, and I'm still not super happy with it because I am perfectionistic. But, I wrote that in the library a year ago for my birthday. I was not good at editing music at all. It was kind of tucked away unfinished.
It was always a little hobby I guess, until I went to a concert in September of 2018. I saw Doja Cat. I ended up going to the concert alone because my friend couldn't go. I was super anxious about going to a concert alone in Dallas. The only friend I ended up making, actually knew [Doja Cat] and her producer, so we ended up getting to meet them after.
I was just super fucking inspired after that. I don't know where it came from, but inside me I'm like, "Chase this and do this."
I ended up buying all my equipment and stuff. That's when I actually started to finish the song.
I also knew another guy at Baylor who did music, who was better than my other friend. We recorded the full song in his home. He was a pretty decent engineer, but in my eyes, at the time, he was amazing. We ended up doing the song together. It had him as a feature, just because he kind of just recorded himself on it. Later, as I kept listening to the song, and building my brand on Instagram, I was like, "I don't have any songs by myself good enough for a single." So, I wanted to take him off, and for months, I was battling for just my vocals.
From March to December was the process for that. I finally got my vocals after burning that bridge with him. Then I had to write the verse in January or so, and then finished it for Valentine's Day.
KWL: So, who are your music inspirations?
Gianna: Doja Cat, I've always loved Jhene Aiko. Some people say I sound like her, which I think I disagree with, because she sounds so much smoother, but I do love her style and everything. SomeSummer Walker and Asiahn, she's like the newer R&B artist. Oh, and SZA.
I just love female R&B artists so much. I probably listen to like 20 female artists every day.
KWL: So, I saw that you were going to spend the summer in Austin. What are your plans?
Gianna: So, I ended up getting an internship over there, which was unexpected, because I kind of just wanted to do summer classes, and graduate as soon as possible. I feel very stuck in school. But, I'm also more than half-way done, so I can't imagine dropping out to do music.
Your whole life you've been pushed to go to college, and stuff, so, I feel like dropping out would just be very weird mentally.
But there, I’ll try to do as much music as I can. Try to shoot a music video, and hopefully have an EP out by fall. We’ll see.
KWL: That's awesome. Thanks for sitting down with us Gianna. We look forward to hearing your new music.