I have always been grateful for the support of the people, since I consider that I have a very beautiful public, which has been supporting my music and is reflected in each release that I make.
My brand is Andean pop, the two pillars of my project are pop and Andean music. However, since I started, I have some versions in reggae, rock. For example, ‘La nena’ has something Andean, but also something rumba, different sounds and flavors. One of my rules is to reinvent myself, because I’m not going to do the same, because it would be boring, monotonous. I like to go to new spaces.
For now, I want to continue in Andean pop, but I can do whatever I want because that’s what fusion is all about..
Milena Warthon grateful for the support of her followers since she began her musical career. Photo: Milena Warthon/Instagram.
The ‘hate’ will not stop her from fulfilling her dream
– Did the comments of the ‘haters’ have anything to do with the message of “La nena”?
Of course. Each song that I release, because I am preparing an album, tells a different part of my life, what I want to convey through my music. ‘La nena’ is a very important song for me, it’s a very personal song and everything I told in the campaign is real, maybe not at the time, but I did feel it.
Last year (2021) I went through a process of being able to accept and assimilate everything that has happened to me as good and bad things. So, I tried to show how I felt when people talked about me the most and that was when I felt the most alone.
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Not only the ‘hate’ of social networks, but the pressure to change the rhythm of my life, to fulfill my dream, but at a high cost. Perhaps this is reflected in other people, because there are those who live like this day by day. So I tried to show people that we can all feel bad at one point and it’s okay, it’s okay to cry and say I have to have a break and I think people understood that very well.
In my new singles, I am showing new facets or facets that exist of Milena that you have never seen. With ‘La nena’, she reaffirmed that I will continue making my music.
– How did you deal with the comments of the ‘haters’?
The ‘haters’ will always be there. If the greatest artists have been quite hated and also loved, then
I would worry if I don’t have ‘haters’. Although I know that the ‘hate’ is not right, but, even if I release thousands of songs, I know that I will not be able to stop the ‘hate’, I simply have to learn not to let those things affect me and it is really about safety, knowing what one is really worth. In addition to knowing how to take criticism, those that are not made to bother us and focus a little more on our work.
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– Did you find difficulties with Andean pop fusion?
Making music in general is difficult in Peru. I mean,
Peru is a multicultural country, it has a lot of riches and we all know it and feel proud about it, but it is not a country that consumes so much culture or at least not so much local music, that is my perception and there is not a very established industry yet. There is no market, like Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, where artists come out. I know that it is a very big topic of analysis, but it is very difficult to make music, whether it is pop, Andean, rock, merengue or whatever, it is complicated. But there is hope because we want to move forward to reach our goals.
– What are you looking for with your project?
When I fulfill my dream, I’ll tell myself: ‘I can’t believe I’ve achieved it, to be able to carry my folklore, my culture and my people through my voice, my ideas and songs’. I will represent the roots of my parents, my grandparents, since they are very important to me and how it is that through them I have created music like ‘Warmisitay’, ‘Hija de la luna’, they are songs that I have dedicated to my grandmothers.
the world knows that in Peru there is a wonderful culture that deserves to be seen, exhibited and applauded by all, that is my greatest desire. Obviously, I have a dream of becoming an international artist, representing my country and always enjoying music.
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– Is your family a fundamental part of your career?
I have songs that talk about something that happened to me at school, others that talk about my grandmothers or simply about a beautiful moment. Everything can inspire me to compose, the songs come out when they have to come out, for example, ‘La nena’ is something very intimate. In general, I feel that music is like a therapy because I have composed songs in 10 minutes like when I felt something very deep, strong, a lot of pain or happiness. Sometimes I compose very fast and great things come out like ‘Agua de mar’. I have also made songs for specific moments that, as a citizen, outrage me and I share it on my networks, with which people identify.
Milena Warthon will stop at nothing to spread her culture through her voice. Photo: Milena Warthon/Instagram.
Milena Warthon ready for her first album
– At what point did you feel that your career began to take flight?
2021 was a year of very good things and without a doubt my life took a turn. I think it was a sum of everything, without a doubt television helped, but I must also give myself credit because my career was already taking flight with my song ‘Agua de mar’, which went viral on social networks and was number one on Spotify. Obviously, television is still a more massive medium than social networks and I confirm that, because I was already viral on the networks, but when I appeared on TV it was like confirmation so that many people can see me. I don’t know if all of Peru knows me, but there are people who like my work and have been able to get to know me through these platforms.
Also, being on TV, I took out the ‘Peruvian Mashup’ for the bicentennial, because it was quite a sum, because if it had only been television it would not have been the same, the same would happen with social networks. I never stopped working on the networks and that was a stronger impulse because although I was on television, I went viral on YouTube. And since last year people began to know me, since all this happened in a pandemic.
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– What are your projects in the music industry?
I’m preparing my album and I hope to finish it very soon, I have surprises. I will be releasing new songs that will be part of this album, among them is ‘La nena’, ‘Warmisitay’, ‘Agua de mar’, these are the three songs that have been in trend, and many more are to come. I am also doing more collaborations with international artists and very soon you will be able to see these surprises. In addition, I will have some concerts at the national level and I am always focused on making music. The album is something that will end up consolidating me as Milena.
– What do you expect with the release of your first album?
It is a medium-term project, since it is not something immediate. With this first album, what I want is for people to listen to the album from start to finish and reflect what Milena is, the concept that at this point in my life I want to convey to my audience. In the four-year journey that I have in music, I have been maturing a lot, I have known many things, I have been exploring myself and I already feel ready to be able to give a first message that would be this first album that includes many stages of my life, since it is a personal journey and to get to know my culture, but always connected with my Andean culture and empowerment. My songs talk a lot about empowerment, which are a lesson for me because I try to be safe and sometimes I falter and my songs are a reaffirmation to keep going.