We had a chance to sit down with PNW star Riley Culture and she was kind enough to answer a 10 pack of questions.
- Tell us about your background getting to where you are today?
I am a Cuban-American girl from Florida. I come from a background of faith in God. We were a close-knit family and we had strict parents who worked to provide. So, I’m Grandma raised. My family was also a Seventh Day Adventist family which meant heavy rules (like no jewelry). My Grandma introduced me to Christ, apart from religious practices, and taught me to live life fearlessly.
- Where are you from?
We hail from Cuba. I am a 2nd generation Cuban American. We are mostly in Miami, FL and Cuba. A lot of my family is still unable to leave Cuba, so we see how truly blessed we are to be here, and have opportunities.
- When did you start music?
My father is the music bone. He is in a Spanish Christian band called Arcoiris. He would bring me to his rehearsals and I would sit and listen for hours. At about 7 I started writing my own short songs and poems. At 11 and 12 I started taking singing classes. I had binders and compositions packed full of poems. It was a good outlet for me. In high school I did a 180 from poetry to Hip hop. The similar patterns and rhythmic nature caught my attention.
- How did you get into music?
First hearing Nicki Minaj in high school – I was hooked. Her styles and personalities she displays were inspiring to me. I filled shuffles and every MP3 I could find with her. Next was Drake and Tyga and everything Young Money. My mother definitely didn’t approve of all the new found sounds, but they spoke to me.
- What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?
Dropping out of high school to move with my boyfriend – who wound up getting into an accident; causing me at 18 to move across the country from Florida to Hawaii.
- Are you currently signed or independent?
- Who inspires you most musically?
My husband and my father. Nicki Minaj. Ciara. Beyonce. Missy Elliot.
- What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?
My music is about things that I’ve been through and I believe a lot of people can relate to my stories. If they are currently going through something, or haven’t yet overcome something and they want to find someone to relate to – they have me.
- Any new music coming on the way?
Yes. I intend to release a few more singles in the near future. Next, will be my album. We are currently working on this now.
What’s your greatest achievement as a musician?
Releasing my first single, which I never thought I would do btw, was ground-breaking for me. Putting my personal stories in my music for the world to hear and experience has become something I am very proud of.
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