Rosalía learned songwriting from Bob Dylan and Patti Smith

Rosalía is one of the hottest stars in music today. His album 2022 Motomami was a critical and commercial success, earning her tons of new fans. So who are the artists who influenced Rosalía’s own music?

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How Bob Dylan and Patti Smith influenced Rosalía

In a new interview with QG, the singer shared some of the people who inspired her to create her own music. These artists include musical icons like Janis Joplin and Kate Bush, and more recent artists, like Bon Iver and Aphex Twin.

She also shared that she learned to write songs from Bob Dylan and Patti Smith, two artists known and revered for their songwriting skills.

“His music [is] not only to grow and expand, but also to connect more deeply and more spiritually with audiences around the world,” shared friend and fellow musician Arca. “I see his star shining brightly.”

How did you Rosalía found the title of the album Motomami?

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Rosalía also spoke about the thought process behind Motomami, including how she came up with the album title and how she came up with certain songs. The title of the album came from an old friend’s email address, and it resonated with Rosalía: “My mom always rode a Harley, dressed in leather… I’m a motomami because that my mother was a motomami, and my mother’s mother is a motomami because my mother’s mother’s mother was also a motomami.

She also talked about the explicit nature of some of her song lyrics, including the fan-favorite track “Hentai.”

“When I shared 15 seconds of ‘Hentai’ earlier this year, a lot of people liked it and I was very happy and grateful, but a lot of people also put their hands on their heads, and I just kept not to think: But Lil’ Kim has been writing explicit lyrics all his life!… But maybe people expect certain things — because my other two projects were so serious — but this one for me, it’s is to leave room for humor, irony, all sorts of subjects that are part of my life.

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For Rosalía, making music is her “most honest means of communication”

Rosalía also shared her thoughts on the process of creating music and what it means to her. “For me, making music is a human manifestation,” explained the artist. “It’s what makes me wake up in the morning with excitement, what keeps me hopeful, my most honest means of communication.”

“One of the reasons I wanted to be a musician was so I could travel and learn new things, meet new people,” Rosalía continued. “All of these things affect me as a person, and I want these things to affect my sound. I understand and sympathize with people who may feel differently, but the truth is, if I stopped [to] think there’s a right or wrong way to be inspired, I wouldn’t be able to make music.

Rosalía’s music has made her an artist to watch, and her fans around the world can’t wait to see what new heights she will reach!

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