The truth is, it is a university that demands a lot of time. For the auditions, I studied hard because you have to know a lot about jazz, because it’s the core genre of Berklee. First I had to improvise jazz on top of a track and then know a bit of music theory. Actually, I knew a little about music theory because I first studied at The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Then I had to sing a song and I chose “Vámonos” (Atina’s own song) because it has a super mixed range, super cool.
What do you remember most about the day of your audition?
I was crawling, shaking, because you know it’s ‘do it or don’t do it’ and there’s no other chance. So, I was trembling, I was super nervous; and besides, they took a long time to tell me if I entered or not. I was nervous every day until that day (of the big news), but, in truth, having entered Berklee was the biggest dream.
What were you doing when you received the news that you entered?
I was about to sleep because they sent it to me at 12 o’clock. It was the first of March, I remember as if it were yesterday. I get an email from Berklee,
I went in and I was shocked for half an hour, I was afraid to download the mail, then I went downstairs and saw that I entered. In my house they told me “shut up, we want to sleep”. I was so excited that I couldn’t take it anymore.
You are going to study at Berklee for more than three years, do you think you are going to have time to continue composing?
I think so. I can use my weekends for that because it is what I like the most. I’m going to learn and at the same time use what I learn to nurture my career and to compose better songs.
Why is it important for an artist to study music?
That base of studies is important because it nourishes you, because I can produce my own songs. I feel that it is another feeling to mix everything oneself, to put all the instruments. What I am going to study is ‘songwriting’, which is the writing of songs, because although I already write songs, I feel that there they can teach me techniques that can help me develop the song better or play other genres. I’m also going to do a ‘minor’ in musical theater because I feel it’s very important, for the dance part more than anything, that is, you’re in constant movement and on stage it’s super difficult to dance and sing because you get exhausted; so it is something essential that I have to have in order to improve my career and have a better base.
But you dance…
I’m not a pro at dancing, but I’d love to keep dancing. I know how to move a little bit, but it’s a little more difficult to dance and sing because you have to be focused on both things: tuning your voice and, at the same time, making your movements cool, so that’s something I want to improve.
Do you plan to try your luck with your voice in a singing contest like “La voz Perú”?
Actually, yes. I would love to. I feel that suddenly for next year I could do something like that to get closer to the Peruvian people, I would love to grab that audience a little more, so I’m open to that anyway.
With which Peruvian artist would you like to do a feat?
If one day I make a powerful salsa, I would love to sing with Daniela Darcourt, who is a person with a magnificent voice. I would love to have the experience of meeting her, of singing with her.
What is your dream as a singer?
My dream as a singer is to go far and be able to inspire people to move on with their lives, to be happy, to never cut their dreams and to have a positive vision. Suddenly, I would also like to sing a little more for my Peruvian audience, to be able to connect with them.