Philadelphia-born Latina pop-R&B artist Almondmilkhunni has a sound like no other and a cool-girl vibe that we'd die for, her new self-titled EP is filled with her laidback, sultry energy and we can't get enough. We talked to her about the EP, her song "Bandana," and her signature style.
How did you get started in music?
Almondmilkhunni: I always loved singing and as I got older, I really loved writing so I started with writing a lot of poetry and things like that and then began learning how to write songs.
When did it become your career?
Almondmilkhunni: Last spring I dropped out of college to give music all of my time and energy and I guess it became my career when “Grapefruit” dropped last July.
Tell me about your EP, how does it feel to have it out in the world?
Almondmilkhunni: It feels incredible to have it out there in the world. I was super nervous and self-doubting before the release, but now I’m just very excited and proud of my project and I want everyone to listen to it and enjoy it.
I want to talk about the song “Bandana” what’s the story behind it?
Almondmilkhunni: It’s about how an ex of mine started dating a girl who resembled me so much after we broke up. It’s not putting the other girl down, but it’s kind of just telling him that I know what’s up. I think it’s super catchy and confident - cute and a little shady!
What has been the biggest challenge for you in the music industry?
Almondmilkhunni: I think the biggest struggle I’ve had was self-doubt, in a way. You’re questioning if you’re actually capable or talented or interesting enough to be an artist that people want to listen to. But, you have to be able to put those feelings aside and decide to create regardless of if it’s received well, but purely because I love music.
What has been inspiring you recently?
Almondmilkhunni: I just listened to the new Fiona Apple album and just something about her writing style and her utter originality is so impeccable and just hard to not be inspired by. So I’m trying to develop my writing skills and allow it to feel more freeing for me.
What’s your best piece of advice for young women?
Almondmilkhunni: Authenticity is definitely key. People can feel authenticity and people can feel when you’re acting. Be real and be yourself. Have drive, authenticity, and resilience.