HER still finds inspiration in Prince and ‘Martin’
I’ve always loved glasses, but started to be more intentional when I started doing shows in 2017 after dropping my first project, “Volume 1.” And I thought, let’s dim the lights and I’ll wear glasses – because my music is the window to my soul, not my eyes.
It’s a Prince concert DVD that I watched growing up. It was every weekend in my house, and it inspired me a lot. The moment with him and Lenny Kravitz on stage – they did it “American Woman” and “Fly Away” together – I was so, like, “Dude, I wanna be a rock star.”
4. His mother’s Filipino dishes
Lumpia is like a scroll. It has meat and vegetables in it, and it’s very delicious. It’s a long process to go through, but that’s what I grew up eating in my Filipino home. Hello Hello means “mix-mix” in Tagalog. I grew up eating it every day after school. There’s jellies and crushed ice and evaporated milk and ice cream and jackfruit and sweet beans and all kinds of stuff. My mom did it, and she taught me how to do it.
5. And his father’s fried chicken
I don’t eat other people’s fried chicken. He grew up in Arkansas and brought southern cooking to our Bay Area California home.
I must watch the film when I was a kid, and my dad kind of skipped the bad times. It’s iconic – Prince absolutely killed this whole movie. I have played a lot of songs, but “Purple Rain” is one of those songs that I have definitely studied and covered. I wish, I wish [I would have met Prince]. I still got to see it live.
7. Apollo Theater
I played Apollo when I was 9 years old. I played “Highway of love” by Aretha Franklin, and it was my first time in New York, and my family came. In fact, they put on a little concert in our hometown so we could afford to stay in New York for days. And then fast forward to the beginning of this year. I had the opportunity to go to D’Angelo’s Verzuz which he did on Instagram Live, and he sang “Best Part” with me.