“I want to be the protagonist of my life”, announces Luisa Sonza about your new album sweet 22 released yesterday, 18, as a farewell milestone of the age. In an interview with Estadão, the singer talks about the work that praises the feelings she experienced during 2020, which resulted in the second album of her career.
“Last year I went over everything, because I had no other option, I had to endure it. Only now, I’m starting to see the consequences that all this has left in my life. Today I understand that I have so much more strength to show my vulnerability and say ‘man, I’m not fine'”, says Luísa, who has suffered from attacks on the internet since 2017, when she started her career.
Hate speech, however, reached another level in April 2020, when the singer announced the end of her marriage to the comedian Whindersson Nunes.
From then on, her love life began to be a guide for the “haters”, much more than her career. To such an extent that Luísa was diagnosed with depression and, on June 4th, her staff announced her withdrawal from social networks to take care of her mental health, delaying the release of the album.
Luísa, however, is no exception. Most young and talented women – Brazilian or foreign – suffered at the hands of those seeking gossip. It was like that, for example, with Britney Spears. In her documentary available on Globoplay, Framing Britney Spears: A Star’s Life, which competes for best in the 2021 Emmy category, the abuse of the media and the guardianship to which the American has been subjected for 13 years are explored.
“I identify a lot with the whole story of Britney. Of her suffering with the media, with the lies invented about her, with her relationship with Justin Timberlake. Seeing her story, helped me a lot to be here talking to you, you know ?”, reflects the singer.
The admiration was so great that the pop diva is honored in the track 2000 s2. In addition to the very characteristic rhythm of the American star’s songs, Luísa did a photo shoot with clothes and poses identical to Britney’s photos at the beginning of her career. “That was the last song I wrote for the album and it’s one of my favorites,” he says.
According to her, the pop divas were a great source of inspiration especially for the visual aesthetic of Doce 22. But musically, the influence came from her own creation.
“For a long time, especially because Brazilian pop girls have their roots very clear, I kept wondering where I was from. And my influences are from a girl who was raised singing everything you can imagine. she explains that in the 14 tracks of the album she explores MPB, funk, trap and sertanejo.
Doce 22 is divided in two, being the A side a kind of empowerment of your pain with strong, daring lyrics and sensual and dancing rhythms. While B brings a more sensitive and melodic facet. Duality is also perceived in the titles, which are divided into capital and small names.
From her home, drinking a chimarrão and showing maturity in her answers, the singer guarantees the existence of both sides, even in an interview.
“I already wanted to exclude naughty Luísa, because I thought people wouldn’t accept me and I pretended to be a saintly Luísa. But people didn’t accept me the same. And then I was just the naughty one, but I missed the other side because I I’m neither, I’m both,” he says.
The name Doce 22 refers to Sweet 16, a celebration that marks the beginning of maturity in a girl’s life in some countries, but could also be an allusion to her own life that before, at age 16, did not have the media pressure of today .
In the song, the singer talks precisely about missing the calm life in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul, before the success, in a kind of letter to her father Cezar Luiz – who came out in defense of his daughter, in September 2020, against the internet attacks.
“I still don’t know what the album is all about and what it is. I just did it in a very visceral and intuitive way. It’s not something fully conscious, it’s something that came in an explosion,” he says.
Putting the two parts together, track 8 is an interlude. In other words, an excerpt where the music stops and the singer philosophizes about love. “This whole album is so much about love as a whole. The love of being accepted, of being loved the way you are. I see love in a much broader way than just couple love and the album shows a lot that”, she explains, who also talks about the self-knowledge acquired during the creation process.
Sweet 22 is so personal that, according to the singer, it was one of the projects she was most dedicated to in her life. So much so that she signs the composition of all the songs, and still makes her debut as a music producer on the album, in partnership with Doug Moda. She also signs the script and creative direction, as well as co-directing two music videos for the project, VIP *-* and Best Alone :-)-:. Both are already available on your YouTube channel.
But in addition to her solo work, Doce 22 also brings partnerships with Ludmilla, in Café da Manhã, with Jão, in fugitives, and with the American rapper 6lack, in VIP. Three tracks that, despite being announced on the tracklist, will be released later.
Also, it has Anitta e Pabllo Vittar in Turbo Mode; reggaeton star Mariah Angeliq in Anaconda; and even Lulu Santos in I don’t know anything either, a song that closes the album and concludes: “What causes pain, everyone fighting and wanting to talk about love. Shall we agree? I think we’ve become really talkative deep down.” Phrase that allows a direct connection to the first track, Intere$$seira, in which Luísa cites adjectives she has already received from strangers.
Every day, Luísa publishes photos and a song from the album on the networks in an attempt to create a visual identity for each one. “Since it’s an album where most of the songs won’t be audiovisual, it’ll be audio only, we had the idea of making the tracklist announcement with photos so people can understand the universe of each song”, she explains. “I think I left intensity in every corner of this album.”
And as not everything can be said in 14 tracks, Luísa will also release an enhanced album, a kind of exclusive disc with audio tracks, videos and other surprises, which allows the artist to engage with fans about the inspiration, history and creation of a album.
The action, although frequent in the United States, is unprecedented in Brazil. “I was very flattered by Spotify’s invitation. It’s an incredible opportunity to bring this to Brazil and talk a little about each song. I’m really looking forward to it because I just recorded it, I didn’t live the experience”, she jokes.
Doce 22, which already has an Instagram account with more than 38 thousand followers, will also include a weekly program on Multishow, Prazer, Luísa, scheduled to open on August 7th, at 8 pm. In it, the singer, alongside the influencer and comedian Lorrane Silva, better known as Little Lô, will receive musical guests and will talk about her history and career, in addition to telling details of the project turned into an album.
“Maybe you don’t even understand anything about this album or you get it all wrong. Or maybe you can finally understand me,” said the singer when she released the cover on July 12th. During the interview, she confessed: “I didn’t want him to be seen as something to anyone. It’s about how I felt about the year 2020, it’s about my life.” And what a life!
Now 23 years old, Luísa is part of Forbes Under 30, a list that highlights the most brilliant Brazilian entrepreneurs, creators and “game changers” under 30 years old, has already received a diamond certificate for several singles and also a gold plate for her first album , Pandora. Facts that can – and should – be taken into account much more than your body, your sexuality or love relationship.
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