“But that’s the way anything you love should be. You should work hard to pursue your dreams. It’s never going to be easy.”
It has been almost four years since I discovered Brooklyn songwriter, Lorely Rodriguez. She’s the person behind Empress Of. A solo art pop and experimental project I am obsessed with.
In an article with The Standard Hotel, Lorely shares how her culture is a big part of who she is. She was raised by her Honduran mother in LA. Growing up in a house where salsa and merengue were always being played, she is now happy to show her mother and family the electronic and rock music scene she’s into.
“My culture is a huge, huge, huge part of who I am as a person, and that doesn’t detach from who I am as a musician. It’s hand in hand”
It was then when I found out Lorely is of Spanish-Honduran descents like me. That made me very proud. You don’t get to hear a lot of well recognized musicians coming from Honduras. Like she told The Standard , “There isn’t very much variation in culture there.”
Her first full-length album, Me was released in September of 2015. And I still listen to that record almost every day. She spent a month in Mexico writing and did everything on her laptop.
I have a strong connection with all of her songs. But on “Need Myself” Lorely sings, “I think I’m the one I need. I think I’m the one I need.” A simple reminder of self appreciation. You don’t need someone else to find happiness. Some people will say, “That is something a selfish person will support.” Well, if loving myself and finding happiness within me is considered a selfish act -then most of us are. We all “just want to live happily ever after, every now and then.” But you can’t show love to others if you’re not really happy with who you are.
Empress Of is a project you need to follow and explore.
Listen to Need Myself on Spotify.
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