Interview: Pia Mia
Thu, 14 May 2015 10:10:45
The budding pop force gives details behind her Interscope single "Do It Again" featuring Tyga & Chris Brown, talks fashion and music, and recalls merits of Island living.
Pia Mia’s new single "Do It Again" featuring Chris Brown and Tyga is the kind of shimmering anthem that can launch a career. It showcases the multiple flavors at the heart of her sound, merging pop shine, urban grooves, and a decidedly "Island" vibe that gives it a shake of its own. Born in Guam, based in Los Angeles, and signed to Interscope, she’s already collaborated with everybody from G-Eazy to Chance the Rapper. Now, Pia is preparing her forthcoming major label debut for release later this year, and she’s about to conquer pop in the process with something truly different. In this exclusive interview, she tells us about the single, growing up in Guam, and so much more.
What’s the story behind "Do It Again?"
The song is inspired by a concert I went to back on Guam when I was visiting. I don’t know if you know, but I was born on Guam and grew up there. So I was back home for a while, I and went to a J-Boog concert. He performed a song called "Let’s Do It Again." I fell in love with the song. When I came back to LA, I was working with Nic Nac, and I thought how much I would like to re-do a popular reggae song and make it more rhythmic pop—more my style. It’s crazy as I have been hearing it on the radio, and it comes on randomly during the day, while I’m driving. It really is the best feeling.
This song really brings everything full circle for you.
What I really like about it, is it keeps the island vibe, you know? I’m from an island, and I think a lot of people don’t realize that. I try and keep the island influences within everything that I do. This really captures that. I don’t know if you have seen the lyric video, but I put a lot of references to Guam in there and a lot of island nods, so I’m proud of that as well.
What is it about lyrically for you? Does it nod to your upbringing?
I see the message of the song relating to everyone. It’s a common story about a relationship where one person sees the other as someone they want to be more than friends with. This is coupled with "Do It Again" also having a fun, party message.
How did Chris Brown and Tyga jump on it?
I was in a Nic Nac session with Chris Brown and Tyga. During the session, "Do it Again" got played, and they both loved it. They both wanted to record on it and, of course, I said, "Yes." Both of them killed it, and the end result was amazing. It is going to be the summer record this year [Laughs]!
The sound encompasses so many different flavors and styles. Do you feel like that’s a result of where you grew up? Guam doesn’t seem to have a defined musical identity from an outsider’s perspective so you probably had to filter other influences from around the world…
Yes, definitely! That’s really what it was. I like to keep it true to myself. So I think that is why my music has so many different flavors. It could be my fashion, what experiences I am going through, or the type of music I am listening to at the moment. I want to keep it me.