Be Strikingly Different

Estibaliz Badiola On New Music and Being Strikingly Different

“Something good always comes out of something bad.” That is the mantra for Estibaliz Badiola and with her recent song “Tres” as we clearly can see.

She comes from Tijuana, Baja California, and this year she will be releasing her new album “Blanco y Negro”, an experimental project with a mix of sounds and flows that will show us how she has bloomed as an artist.

Production and Creative Direction by Irma Penunuri at Burgerrock Media.
Photography by Xena Peterson.
Makeup by Jorge Monroy.
Hair by Adrianne Michelle.
Styling by Ivan Poshenko.

In her last music video Tres, Estibaliz is expressing her chameleon personality with beautiful visuals and representing her self as a cat, because animals and nature became a signature for her music videos. In this way she introduces her self as a free spirit woman who show her emotions even when those comes from a dark place.

In a conversation with Contrast, thanks to Burgerrock Media, Badiola talks about the message behind her music, her personal experiences and what conforms her essence as an artist.

Production and Creative Direction by Irma Penunuri at Burgerrock Media.
Photography by Xena Peterson.
Makeup by Jorge Monroy.
Hair by Adrianne Michelle.
Styling by Ivan Poshenko.
Clothing by Plush Roses.
Hair Accessories by Joiana Jewelry.

Do you believe in zodiac signs and if so what’s yours? Yes, I believe in the signs of the zodiac. Whenever I read mine it coincides with my life. I am Leo.

Do you believe in ghosts and have you seen one? I don’t believe and have never seen one.

Weirdest fact about you! When recording the voice in a studio I have to use platforms because if I don’t feel insecure and I can’t record. Another thing is that I put lemon on EVERYTHING.

What’s your philosophy in life? “Nothing worthwhile is easy.” “What you propose you can achieve.” “Nothing is impossible.” “Circumstances and positions are temporary, what is truly important and transcendental is the human being.” “Something good always comes out of something bad.”

Production and Creative Direction by Irma Penunuri at Burgerrock Media.
Photography by Xena Peterson.
Makeup by Jorge Monroy.
Hair by Adrianne Michelle.
Styling by Ivan Poshenko.
Head piece by AREA.

How have you grown as an artist since releasing Fuera de Mi Vida? When “out of my life” was out, I did not have my own style in music and did not write the lyrics. Nowadays I found my essence when making a song and I write most of my songs.

What’s the message behind your music? How do you want your legacy to be remembered? The message of my music is that there is no perfect human being who will always have ups and downs and for love and happiness to exist there must be heartbreak and sadness. So I try to implement into songs what I really live so that all people can identify themselves and that at the end of the day it does not matter how dark the tunnel is at some point the light will be seen.

The world is in a re-set moment culturally, racially and in so many other ways. How do you feel you are playing your part in this change as an artist? Breaking stereotypes with my own example, like in my last video of the song “TRES” I came out without hair to give a message of who said that women only have to have hair to be beautiful? Also, in my day to day I wear platforms, tennis shoes, pants, I hardly ever wear dresses, I don’t like pink and that doesn’t make me a man or a lesbian … who said that women can’t wear blue or be bald or not wear high heel shoes? As among other examples … I use what I like and what makes me happy, not what others like for not being criticized and I learned that from my brother, whoever is gay taught me that even when you have sexual preferences, it does not make you more or less human.

Production and Creative Direction by Irma Penunuri at Burgerrock Media.
Photography by Xena Peterson.
Makeup by Jorge Monroy.
Hair by Adrianne Michelle.
Styling by Ivan Poshenko.
Clothing by Plush Roses.
Hair Accessories by Joiana Jewelry.

Tell me about your song Tres? Tres is a song that was born out of a discussion that my boyfriend and I had in the studio, since he is my producer. After arguing, I left the studio angry for 30-40 min and we continued arguing by message and when I returned to the studio he already had the whole song finished with lyrics and music. The song is a co-authorship since he took all the messages, I sent him adding the words to make the lyrics of “TRES” so it is a very special song where one of the philosophies of life applies “from something bad came something good.” And I gave it that name since it is a very personal song and my favorite number is 3.

When you look back at your career, what would you say is that one consistent thing that sets you apart from everybody else?  I think that I am not just the one who is different from others, we are all different, we all have different characteristics, we all have different essences so we can all shine in this race because we have different stars. What I can say is that I am not sure that everyone believes in God and at least I feel that with God everything and without God nothing.

Production and Creative Direction by Irma Penunuri at Burgerrock Media.
Photography by Xena Peterson.
Makeup by Jorge Monroy.
Hair by Adrianne Michelle.
Styling by Ivan Poshenko.
Ice Cream Chain by ONCH.

Can you share a personal experience that has reshaped your views on music? That you really don’t have to focus on singing a single genre of music and I learned to merge genres and know how to mix all kinds of music without leaving my essence aside.

The definition of Contrast is “to be strikingly different.” What makes you strikingly different?My transparent way of being; without a filter when it comes to being me or expressing myself. Also, my way of dressing and of transmitting who I am.

Production and Creative Direction by Irma Penunuri at Burgerrock Media.
Photography by Xena Peterson.
Makeup by Jorge Monroy.
Hair by Adrianne Michelle.
Styling by Ivan Poshenko.
Head piece by AREA.