Precious Perez - 10 Questions Interview
Precious Perez is a classically trained pop/R&B and Latin vocalist/songwriter currently pursuing a double major in music education and vocal performance at Berklee College of Music. Her goal is to make a difference through doing what she loves and showing the world that blind people are as capable as everyone else. She hopes to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams and be successful in the same way that she has, because she knows that anything is possible, and giving up is never an option. As an activist and music educator, she will be able to make a difference by using her reach as a Puerto Rican Spanish speaker to crush stereotypes by sharing her experiences across cultures and doing what has not been done while advocating for all of the communities she represents. She is confident that she can lead, she can achieve, and she can be the one who alters the way people see.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I fell in love with poetry first. Soon after, I realized that songs were basically poems set to a melody, and music could help me express emotions I couldn't otherwise articulate.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I was the lead vocalist performing a cover of "All I Want for Christmas is You" with the Berklee Valencia singers and a full orchestra. We were playing in front of over a thousand people in a huge venue called palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain. It was part of my study abroad experience there, and it was a really beautiful experience.
What has been the high point of your music path?
My purpose as a singer/songwriter and educator is to make a difference in the world through doing what I love, and to advocate for all the communities I represent. I am a blind Puerto Rican woman. I am Christian, and a first generation college student. I come from a low income family and have anxiety and depressive symptoms. I believe in authenticity and staying true to myself, and I want to use my voice and my platform to spread love, positivity, and change around misconceptions of blindness. As an artivist, I have the blessing to be able to use my voice and my art to make an impact, and I am content doing so in whatever way I can. A lot of people want the name in lights and all of that, but I'm finally at a place where I recognize that. having the opportunity to give back, and to be an example of what is possible means more than fame ever could. I want to help people and inspire them to follow their hearts, so performing in the community and interacting with people in such a way is so humbling, grounding, and personal.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It's different every time. Sometimes I will get an idea for a lyric or melody in the middle of the night, and I'll have to sing it into a voice memo on my phone for later use. Other times, the inspiration hits so powerfully that I have no choice but to sit down and write out the song.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The one thing I would change in the music industry are the marketing criteria for artists. Someone like me wouldn't be viewed as marketable in the mainstream industry, mostly because I'm multifaceted and don't fit into the molds or expectations that are currently in place. I'm not willing to sacrifice any part of myself for the sake of notoriety.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Probably Tori Kelly. She resonates with me so much, and she's an incredible vocalist. She's managed to get into the spotlight while remaining completely herself, and I really admire that. She's doing what she loves, and she's not in every press headline. I think that's fantastic.
Here's Precious live on the stage performing Mr. Perfect Superman
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
My rehearsals are productive and fun. I personally don't take myself too seriously, and I think it's important to make rehearsals an exciting and collaborative space with relatively low pressure. I'm serious when I need to be, as are the musicians and friends I play with, but we also make it a point to have a good time.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I've never had much trouble writing the music once inspiration hits me, but deciding to release a new song can be difficult, especially when it's coming from a vulnerable place. There's a song on my EP called In the Background. I wrote it when I was a freshman at Berklee, and found that it was really difficult to find people to collaborate with. Lots of other people were getting performance opportunities and featuring on songs, but it took me longer to get to that place. It was scary putting it out there for the world to hear because it was mostly an emotional release for me, and I had no idea people were going to connect with it as much as they did.
What's coming up in the future?
I released an EP in July of 2019 called Agua de Valencia. I've been promoting that for a while, and I have more shows coming up in support of it. I'm also preparing to play my senior recital at Berklee, and will be making new music as the inspiration strikes.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My music is available on all streaming services, but I'm always adding new songs, covers, and performances to my Youtube channel.
You can also visit my website.