Singer Alisa Velasquez discusses her plans for 2019, upcoming projects, new music collabs, and more!

Interview / T.O.T.W – Independent Connecticut singer Alisa Velasquez had a lot to say in a recent interview we did together for the new year and I was happy she was willing to open up and explain some of her next moves. I got in touch with the talented singer over one of her social media platforms and invited her to do an interview for Internet Hollywood’s topic of the week month, New year

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Internet Hollywood: What’s up Alisa?! It’s nice to chop it up with a talented singer like you for the new year. I’m interested in reading some of the things you got planned. How did you bring in the new years and did you make a resolution?

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Alisa: Happy New Year!!! My NYE was actually very uneventful. I spent the night wrapped up in a blanket just listening to the rain and relaxing with my own thoughts. This was actually the first year that I’ve wanted to spend New Year’s Eve alone, and I was able to really reflect on everything that 2018 has brought me and think about where I want to see myself in the future. My resolution for 2019 is to continue to push myself and step out of my comfort zone. I’ve taken a lot of big steps forward and found myself doing things that I never thought I could or would do. I want to keep that momentum going.

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Internet Hollywood: I know singing is a big part of your life and you express that well vocally. What are some of the things we could expect from you musically and are you working on anything else besides that?

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Alisa: Music is my favorite hobby and I’m always cooking up something, especially now that I have my own little home studio. I’ve been collaborating with some very talented artists and you can definitely expect to hear new material very soon. I just recently released a song called “Dream” Prod. by RIVS, Featuring Don Lui. We had recorded that a couple years ago and I’m beyond excited for people to finally hear it. A track that I am featured on is dropping next week called “Rather Not” by Klokwize and shortly after that, “For You” by Gambino & KidWave will be released. There is so much more in the works, you will just have to stay tuned and see what else I’ve got up my sleeve

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Internet Hollywood: You are so great at performing and you bring a fun and energetic vibe to your performances. You definitely get into the groove of the music. How did you become so great at performing and has the crowd ever took you off track?

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Alisa: Thank you! I definitely have not always been comfortable in front of a crowd. As a kid, I had really bad stage fright, and I still sometimes feel weird when all eyes are on me. As I’ve gotten older I’ve found a way to convert the anxiety into excitement which gives me a huge burst of energy and then from there I just let the music move me. Everyone is different, but I’m not someone that can spend hours practicing in front of the mirror. If I over analyze every little thing and constantly worry about how I look, performing would just become too stressful and I wouldn’t enjoy it. As for the crowd, depending on how much alcohol is involved they can get a little crazy, but they have yet to throw me off, although I’m not a fan of people sticking cameras in my face. Even if the crowd gets a little rowdy there’s always such great energy, so as long as everyone’s having a good time I’m fine.

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Internet Hollywood: Are you planning on trying out anything differently this year that the public doesn’t normally see from you?

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Alisa: The public is not going to see much from me unless it’s music related. I like to keep my family and what goes on in my personal life as private as possible. I do still want people to be able to access my music easily if they chose to, so I’m definitely going to be trying to find a way to balance that. Music is something I’m very passionate about, but it’s only a small part of who I am, there’s a lot that goes on that I don’t want or need to share with anyone other than the people that are close to me. I’d like to stay off the radar, I’m really not that interesting anyways.

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Internet Hollywood: What would you say is the biggest lesson you learned last year?

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Alisa: The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is that we all have tunnel vision. Everyone has their own unique perception of the world, and most of our miscommunication comes down to people not understanding each other. Being judgmental is a very self-absorbed and closed minded way to live, we never really know what someone else is going through, or what they’ve been through. The only person that we should be judging is ourselves, leave the rest up to a higher power. Another important lesson I’ve learned is that karma will always make us see things that we were blind to, one way or another.

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Internet Hollywood: What are your thoughts about the direction music is going in the mainstream? Do you feel it’s been bad for the culture?

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Alisa: It’s horrible. The music industry is so corrupt. It’s always about the money, and everyone’s competing for the next 15 minutes of fame. It’s like a circus! Everyone is so busy obsessing over what’s catchy and trying so hard to be relevant that they’re all starting to sound the same. There’s no authenticity anymore. Most of the music we hear on the radio is just the same recycled songs over and over and I think it’s terrible for the culture because mainstream music has no real substance. We need to bring back music that resonates something meaningful.

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Internet Hollywood: What are the main things you are hoping to accomplish this year and are there other plans in case you fall short of achieving what your trying to achieve?

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Alisa: This year I really want to focus on my academics and career. I’ve always had a hard time trying to decide what I want to do with my life and in the past I’ve found myself settling for less because I’ve never really been passionate about any of my career choices. This year I’ve made some bold moves and so far they are paying off! In 2019 I want to keep taking bigger steps and pushing myself to become a better version of me, not only for myself, but for my family as well. Every year I become more in touch with who I am and more aware of what I want and what I have to offer. There’s so much potential inside all of us that we suppress and I am definitely guilty of that, but I have come a long way. If I end up falling short of my goals this year, at least I know that I’m getting closer and I will keep moving forward no matter what.

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Internet Hollywood: Thank you for the interview, Alisa!

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Alisa Velasquez: Instagram – Soundcloud

Hair & Makeup:  Annie Vasquez

Photographer: Phillip Zaragoza

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