We caught up with LA based singer and rapper, Doja Cat, about her new album, Amala. Read on to find out the story behind the name of the album, what influenced it, and more!
Congratulations on your album! How would you compare it to your previous work?
Thanks! Whats interesting about this project is that it’s an extension of my previous work in the sense that the songs from years ago that we never put out we saw a lot of potential in.
We really loved those songs and thought they’d be great for my first release. So essentially it’s like a longer version of my EP, “Purrr!”. There’s a handful of newer songs on “Amala” as well and I feel those represent me more currently than the others do.
What inspired you to title your album after your real name, Amala?
It feels like the perfect way to introduce myself musically. We all introduce ourselves with our first or last name. Amala seemed like the best fit for something as important as a first album release. I can come up with cute album titles all day but there’s something really special about using my birth name and this album is very special to me.
Do you have a favorite song from the album?
Yes I do. Although theres so many that tie with each other. If I had to pick one it’d be “Wine Pon You”.
What influenced you go get into music?
I was a dancer my whole life. Danced in a breakdancing crew and did battles around LA. Every day I’d take the train for 30 minutes back and forth to school listening to music and nothing else. All I cared about was saving battery on my phone to listen to playlists. I never really payed attention in school and always waited for ballet and lunch break to dance in the hallways with my friends. I eventually dropped out and stayed home a lot thinking about what I wanted to do next. I slept on a mattress on the floor and even though I had a desk for my desktop computer, I always had it on the floor near my bed so I can surf the web before I sleep. I’d be up all night and day looking for music on youtube. This led to me opening up garage band and attempting to sing over some instrumental Lo-Fi music I found that had very little views. It was different from what I had been hearing on the airwaves and I thought why not just record over this. I really didn’t think I could sing but I tried my best. My family is very musical as well and I think that’s at least 50% of why I took up music.
We love your style! Who are your three major style icons?
I pull a lot of my style from Bratz dolls, Harajuku street fashion, pretty much everything from 1995-2007. I don’t have a particular celebrity icon that I look up to because everyone pulls from everywhere just like me. I don’t invent styles I just make them look good.
How would you describe your music in three words?
Revolutionary, powerful, and cute.
What are some songs on your current playlist?
Ever since I started taking music seriously I stopped listening to other people’s music but my own. My current playlist is made up of about 30 songs that I’ve been working on over the last few weeks. All written and produced by myself.
What were your three favorite albums growing up?
“Aaliyah” 2001, Rihanna’s “Music of the Sun”, Greenday’s “American Idiot”
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is just a lot of hard work in getting tours set up and making great music with artists that I love. I want to keep producing and I want to do really well in that field. I’ll probably need some piano lessons soon though. Definitely looking forward to featuring some artists on my next few releases and would really love to keep directing my music videos. I’m about 25% done with my next album but that’s all I’ll say about that. VERY excited to start planning shows I think that’s going to be a very integral part of forming the full "Doja Cat" experience. I’d love for you guys to come out to a show I think you’d really enjoy it.
Listen to Doja Cats new album, Amala, here!