Interview by: Orchee Sorker | Photos by: Cristine Jane (@visiblevibez_) | May 26, 2022
Lexy Panterra talks with HAZZE MEDIA about her story, creative process behind the new single "Girls", her goals for the Real Influence Agency, and focusing more on her music.
How did you get started with music? Who are your inspirations?
L: As soon as I came out of my mother's womb, I was singing. That's what she always says. I've just always loved music. Growing up, I listened to all pop on the radio. I definitely looked up to those people. My personal favorites are the really big voice singers like Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey. I've always sang those records growing up. Stylewise, I love Rihanna and I love my R&B music. I love Kimani, Jhené Aiko, and some newer artists that are coming out now. Those are my vibes.
What type of genre would you describe your music?
L: My music is very eclectic. I'm a Gemini, so it's everywhere. I have pop, R&B, and rap. I really don't stay in a genre. That's been a hard thing for me in my independent music career. When you're an artist, they usually tell you, you have to stick to one genre, but I've always loved all types of music…which you can hear when listening to my singles/albums.
Your new single “Girls” was released on May 20. What was the creative process behind the song? When did you start writing it? Would you like to shoot a music video?
L: I did this song five years ago. I was in my feelings about this guy, and he was a celebrity actor. Everyone always tells you not to date celebrities, just because it's always a “problem”.
They're all **** boys. The thing is when you're in the business, you're only really around those people, you know? I have dated my share of popular people. It's kind of about finding out that he's been DM-ing these girls and confronting him in the song, just not in person.
I lived out my dream of how I knew about this…but I didn't really say that to him, even though I knew what was going on. That's where the inspo came from. My girlfriend and I just got together. I kind of ranted to her, and I was explaining to her what it was about. Then, we just went in to record. The song is also about being shown in public with paparazzi and TMZ around. All these blogs that want to pick up your stories and them just trying to hide you for whatever reason it could possibly be. Maybe because it doesn't go with their “brand” or they're hiding you from other girls.
I want to do a video for this. I've just been coming up with so many concepts that I have no idea what to do. I’m getting inspiration from the girls. It's definitely gonna come. I just don't know when yet, but it should be dropping in June. I hope we'll see if I have enough time, I'm going to try a thousand percent.
You have a wide audience with over 1 billion impressions across all platforms. Do you want to have this large audience or a condensed audience that is more interested specifically in your music? Ultimately, would you like to focus just on music?
L: That's been definitely a double-edged sword for me because a lot of them are men and I love my women. I'm all about independence, empowering women to do what you like, and being confident in teaching. This was also in my twerk out class. I became popular from all those workout videos. Yes, I do wish that I did have a base that really focused on my music. Everyday, I definitely push my new fans and old fans to my new music…in hopes they turn into my music fans everyday…praying above. I'm blessed to have the fans that I do have for sure.
What is one thing you would like to say to your fans?
L: All I gotta say is be you, that's the best you can be. People will love you for that. Don't try to be anybody else.