PTOLEMEA is a musical vessel to another world, defying the boundaries of time and culture. The project created by Priscila Da Costa is planning to release an album in 2023. Recently, PTOLEMEA released a single named “Fado”, meaning Destiny, where Priscila delivered her wonderful music while singing in Portuguese, her mother tongue.
We had the pleasure to chat with Priscila, as she shared her unique perspective on music and feminist issues and talked about her upcoming album and her love for Blueberry muffins! Enjoy!
Hello, Priscila. It’s really wonderful to talk with you. How are you doing today?
I am good thank you! 🙂
You recently released your new single “Fado” with a stunning music video. How are you feeling about the reaction “Fado” received from your fans?
I never got so much positive feedback. I guess the fact that I sing in Portuguese makes a difference. The interpretation of the song is more authentic and people feel it.
Even though I do not know any Portuguese, I found the song very captivating. What is, in your opinion, the key to success when presenting a song to an international audience that might not understand the lyrics?
When a song comes from deep within, the melodies, the dynamics and the interpretation of the song speak for themselves. No words needed, the music becomes the international language. And people get touched emotionally even though they don’t understand the lyrics.
You are getting ready to release your debut album next year. What can your fans expect to hear on the upcoming album?
It is an invitation to a dark, gloomy but hopeful journey into one’s soul.
Sounds wonderful! In order to get to know you better and from a different point of view, how about playing some imagination game? I will set a scenario in an alternate universe with new rules and see how you’d react to the different situations.
In a universe where you are made the queen of a country, what would be the first law you’d make?
Blueberry Muffin Sundays law!! Every Sunday people will bake Blueberry Muffins and will share it with other people. Blueberry Muffins for free for everyone!
That’s a brilliant law! In a universe where humans can choose either to be able to teleport from one place to another or travel back and forth in time, which superpower would you pick?
In a universe where you’re the statue of liberty, what object would you be holding instead of a torch?
A Blueberry Muffin
In a universe where money does not exist, but instead, people pay for things by making other people laugh, how rich would you be considered?
I love your questions hahaha!
Normal rich 😉
Thank you! In a universe where the senses of taste and hearing are mixed up together, what food would you imagine Ptolemea’s music would taste like?
Do I need to say it? … ok … BLUEBERRY MUFFIIIIN!!
Dark, but colorful. A little bitter but soft and sweet 🙂
I saw that one coming! In a universe where making magic is real, what would your favorite spell do?
A cleaning spell: You say “bibidi babidi boo” and the mob starts cleaning the floor, the dishes wash themselves etc… that would be wonderful!!!
Indeed it would! Thank you for playing, Priscila! I hope you enjoyed this!
We live in an era where social media became essential for musicians to reach fans and promote their music. In your opinion, what are the cons and pros of social media having all that power in the music industry?
On one hand an artist spends a lot of time creating content for social media instead of creating music, but on the other hand the content becomes a part of his/her art as well and it is a great and free way to communicate the message and the universe of the project to the fans and to reach new people.
Have you ever faced any kind of sexism in your professional or personal life? How would you deal with sexist behaviour and what advice would you give young people around the world who face any kind of discrimination?
Yes it happened. My way to deal with it was to look them in the eye and go away! My focus was always to keep doing my thing and I always did my best to save my energy for people and situations which I am in alignment with. I won’t give up my energy in trying to change people. It is their right to think whatever they want, and it is my right to not listen to them. If an opportunity failed, it was because it was not meant to be. Another opportunity rose up along the way.
My advice for young people: don’t waste your energy on people who think less of you because of your gender, nationality etc. Do something now to inspire the next generations with your art, music or whatever you are passionate about. Change the world by putting energy in something you love, whatever that might be.
That’s wonderful advice. Thank you for giving us this interview, Priscila. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you for this great interview Mirk 🙂 take care!