Our interview with Camila Colominas & Raelee for their new release “Heartbreak Hotel”
1. Tell us about your new album? And what’s the story behind it?
Heartbreak Hotel came to be about when myself Camila and one of my best friend Raelee came up with the idea of doing a duo R&B EP. We both have always sung and been fascinated with music growing up. We’ve seen several big artist do albums together but never a female R&B album. We wanted to create something different that hasn’t really been seen before, but that everyone could enjoy.
2. What makes your music unique? And how would you describe it?
We worked on our album with producer Bergotti who is extremely talented; Bergotti made two of our beats on Heartbreak Hotel, ‘Kamaals Outro’ and the first track on the EP ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. What makes these two specific tracks so unique is that we wrote the songs as the beats were being created. We were also blessed to have our good friend HighJak do a guitar solo on ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. It was important for us to make our music more than just a song you can just sing to. The environment in the studio is always very raw and genuine. As artists we write our music off of life experiences and things we have felt in our life that have made an impact on us, being able to share a project that we hold so close to us with the world can be scary, but the best feeling is seeing how our music relates and impacts other people.
3. Which is the best moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
Our best moment throughout the experience of creating the EP was dropping our single ‘Bad Habit’, which is the 7th track on the EP. Bad Habit got 8,000 streams overnight and is now sitting at 12,000 streams. This was super exciting for us being one of our first big accomplishments. This was also a big deal for us being small artists from Kansas City, who are just starting out.
4. How do you balance your music with other obligations – family, friends or work?When you’re passionate about something it always seems to come easy to fit into your schedule. Although we both work full-time jobs, we find time in our late afternoons to do what we love and go to the studio. Our families have both always been super supportive of us making music and following our dreams. We are both lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing friends who also love to make music. This makes still having a social life easy. We can all get together, bond and have fun while still doing what we love.
5. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Never give up. Sometimes it can be discouraging if you don’t get the feedback you were hoping for on a song you worked really hard on or you didn’t get the support you were hoping for from others. But hard work pays off, and we’re strong believers in following your dreams. There will always be people out there that will be cruel and negative but there are also so many people whose lives you’re touching too. If you put the work in and have faith in yourself there is no reason not to succeed.
6. If you had one message to give to your fans, what would it be?
To everyone who supports us, thank you. We have received so many amazing comments and love from everyone. Friends, family, and strangers. We have had so much support in and out of Kansas City, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
7. What’s next for you? Any upcoming songs/projects?
We plan on dropping a full version of our interlude ‘Stupid No More’ in the future. After completing the album we both have started to work on music as individual artists. 2022 has so much in store for the both of us. Camila Colominas has started working on her first debut EP, and Raelee has also started her first debut EP. We are so excited for everything to come.