Sophia, born in LA and raised in Miami, is a Latina with both Guatemala and Costa Rican heritage and the new face and voice on the Wisin & Yandel Revolution 2010 tour.
I asked the stylish newcomer about the music industry, influences and fashion.
LeAura Luciano: What is your take as an artist in the music industry today?
Sophia Del Carmen: It wasn’t until recently when I felt like I really broke into the industry. My take on the industry is that nobody cares about your career the same way you do. So you always have to be on top of everything. It’s important to have a great team. But still be on top of everything and of course you have to try your hardest.
LL: What was it like to make the video for “No Te Quiero”
SDC: Never did I think I would be part of the “Step Up” franchise. I’ve watched the first one and the second one growing up and I was super excited to be part of it. I just saw the third one and it’s crazy! The choreography was out of this world. For the video, we wanted to keep the Step Up 3D vibe, with the colors, the lighting and the choreography.
LL: Describe your music style.
The music on my album is a big mix of genres. It’s urban American, urban Latin and a little rock. You don’t hear that on my first single but a lot of my songs have a guitar driven melody.
LL: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
SDC: Selena. I love her voice, and what she talks about in her songs. Oh another is Gwen Stefani, her style of music is so funky. Of course, Madonna she’s an overall inspiration in her style and boldness.
LL: These women have been so iconic musically and visually. What designers do you love right now?
SDC: Alice & Olivia and Alexander McQueen.
LL: Where do you really shop? If you needed to go to an event tonight what stores would you pull your look from?
SDC: I love Bebe they have great reinterpretations of designer shoes and Neiman Marcus if I need a great dress.
LL: So is there a trend you want to see go away or something you want to bring back.
SDC: I can’t stand leggings, on me. But I’m trying to bring back the whole ripped up jeans thing, it’s been a while since it was popular. It was a super cool look.