WAFIA‘s new music video “Flowers & Superpowers” is out now. ELEVATOR caught up with the artist in Los Angeles for an exclusive interview.
What is your earliest memory of music?
Listening and dancing to Shania Twain in my bedroom.
How musical is your family history?
Not very… but, my family on my father’s side have been known to write poetry. I’d like to think that’s where it stems from.
Are you the first to pursue music as a career in your family?
Yes, definitely. I’m Arab and it’s not very normal in our culture to pursue the arts, particularly for women.
What do you remember about the first song you wrote and recorded?
It was so bad. It was written during a time that I was obsessed with being an archeologist at the age of 13. I wrote a song about ancient Egypt.
How often do you write and record music?
If I’m in LA, almost every day!
Who was your favorite artist as a child?
Britney or Celine Dion.
When did you decide to pursue music as a career?
In my last year of college. My dad was very important in helping me make that decision. His support meant everything.
What is your favorite thing about the music industry?
The sense of community that you can potentially find for yourself.
What was the first step towards making “Hurts” happen?
I started writing it with Sarah Aarons and Rogét Chahayed one afternoon. By evening, we had the song. Whethan was coming over to start producing it out.
How connected are you to your Syrian-Iraqi identity?
Very. I’m really attached to every aspect of it. I’m really proud of it.
Outside of music, where do you find your creativity?
In living. I find that it’s the best thing I can do for myself.
What’s next for you?
More music in 2020!
If you could speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Be patient. Trust the process.