“Don’t you know that my time's like a million dollars, I could spend it anywhere,” sings rising star GALXARA in the opening line of her infectious debut single, Waste My Youth. Luckily for me, today she’s choosing to spend some of her time talking about the path to intergalactic pop domination.
Although her name and style evoke the heavens, GALXARA (pronounced ‘gal-ex-arra’) hails from far humbler roots. Born in Miami and growing up in Florida with her Nicaraguan mother and American father – both of whom were constantly blending the styles and genres of music of both backgrounds – a young GALXARA took an interest in music early on. She says she began singing as soon as she could speak, and took up piano at age seven.
“I 100% was that child,” she admits with a chuckle whilst she sips her morning coffee. “I always said, ‘there's no plan B’ – and still to this day, there is no plan B because I didn't go to college. I actually don't know anything else besides music, so this is gonna have to be the thing for me!
"Still to this day, there's nothing else I want to do; I was just like, ‘get me on the stage; that's all that matters’. As soon as I got on there, it was another world and I was a different person. That's what I love, besides creating music – performing is really where my heart is.”
After many years of competing in small, local talent competitions, she finally caught the eye of an A&R at Atlantic Records. As she recalls, she had only been writing original songs for about a year prior to that and realised very quickly the importance of being a songwriter and having the ability to write her own music.
“I've always been very opinionated,” she shares, “and I've never done something I don’t want to do to please someone else – that's the type of person I am. I always knew that I wanted to be an artist and I wanted to write and sing my own songs. But I never realized how much I needed to write my own songs…” she trails off.
“I don't think I would have been able to continue on this journey with somebody else writing my music for me and me having no say in it. I don't think I'd be able to stay sane doing that.”