“You left me alone in the middle of the street,” cries Camila Gallardo to open her new single, “Un Poco Más De Frío” (A Little Bit Colder), as she falls to her knees in the pouring rain to ask where her love went wrong. We’ve all been there. Gallardo makes us feel the pain of a lost Latin romance. But we’re glad to see she’s back on two feet tonight to perform at W Santiago as part of Next Up, a new music series in partnership with Billboard that showcases the hottest artists from around the globe. Gallardo has already made waves in Latino pop after reaching the finals of The Voice Chile, and with chops like that, it won’t be long before the Anglo world takes notice. We caught up with the Chilean songstress to learn all about the music that keeps her going. ¡Vamos!
How would you describe your musical style?
Pop and folk. I love to express my emotions as much as possible. My music is emotion. I try to put all my heart into my interpretation.
What is the first album you ever owned?
A Michael Jackson album and a Mazapan (it’s a Chilean band for kids).
What are three things you look for when you see an artist play live?
Good sound quality, a connection with the audience, and feeling that the artist is enjoying while sharing their art.
Where can we find you on a Friday night?
I have two moods on Friday night:
1. Netflix and Haagen Dazs.
2. Friends and laughs.
A song you have stuck in your head these days:
“Sit Next to Me” by Foster the People.
What’s your favorite city for music?
New York, L.A., and Madrid.
Who would the concert of your wildest dreams include?
My dream concert would be Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Prince and Paul McCartney, all together. Yes, I’m very dreamy.
Who’s your icon?
Violeta Parra and Janis Joplin.
If you could play music with one person living or dead who would it be?
An insider tip on what bands or artists are about to get big:
I love a new Colombian band named Morat. They are incredible.