What’s up Digilogue Fam! We’re excited to continue our Artists to Watch: Class of 2021 series with Singer-Songwriter Drea Réal.
Drea Réal is a Colombian-born, Florida-based artist who is creating her own lane in music. Her music has gained international attention with singles “INTU” and “Scars,” amassing over 100,000 streams. She was most recently highlighted on Adult Swim’s OPUS, a compilation of up-and-coming female artists from a variety of genres.
We sat down with Drea and discussed the cultural impact of living in both Colombia and South Florida, not having a traditional training in music, experimenting with her craft & more. Make sure to check out the entire interview, live now via our Digilogue YouTube!
Get a behind-the-scenes look at what A Day in the Life looks like for Drea Réal, including balancing being an artist and a co-founder Soul Era Records, working on a Spanglish album, and going on late-night runs.
A Day in the Life of Drea Réal
(Curator mode, album mode, grind mode)
What do 24 hours look like for me? A blur, but in the most cinematic and meaningful way possible, at least as of late. I don't want to skew the perception of my efficiency so I will start by saying this: without ambition, a team, and goals I am a procrastinator and an escapist. On any off-season between shows and music, I fall into the monotony of existing. Without art, I have no drive. With that being said, I'm only human and a self-declared artist. I thrive off of my visions and even chaos, no 24 hours ever looks the same for me. I can either be in the mood to drive to the beach and run away from responsibilities, or I can go days on end making music and making moves. There is no in-between, I live hard or not at all.
Anyways, here's the last 24 hours for me: grind mode edition.
First thing in the morning — I shoot out of bed and make coffee. I am a caffeine addict and I am not afraid to admit it. I step out on my balcony with my cafecito and dry erase board and just start writing down whatever thoughts/to-dos come to mind. Lately it's been all about the show, content creating, and music. My role as a creative is extremely split-minded. I'm a recording artist exploring multiple genres and a curator and co-founder of a growing music platform called Soul Era Records. One minute I have to be stern and professional for Soul Era and the next I throw my phone to the side and roll up as I dive into the music and forget about time and space. It's quite a paradoxical role. Always chaotic, and always purposeful. Like I said before, push yourself beyond your limits.
Afternoon — I am most likely driving. I drive an average of 3 hours a day, no exaggeration. And yes. It is all for art. I'm either southbound to a studio or northbound to the venue where we're throwing our Soul Era comeback show at. Even though I hate driving, it's honestly the only time I have to myself. I either listen to a song I discovered and I exhaust it into oblivion, or I play my own music, always the unreleased songs. Either way, I'm always on the move and most likely running late. God made me a flourishing creative but he did not make me organized or prompt. I'm working on it.
The in-betweens — Between everything and everyone I show up for, I love to be with friends, daydreaming, or eating. Lately I haven't been eating very well because of life stressors but when the hunger hits I can go for mangos, sushi, or chick fil nuggets. I'm a simple woman. But yea, I believe that small moments in between are critical to feeling alive, and so are the people in our lives. As far as my friendships go, they're literally everything. I have people in my life I'm building with, and we're there for one another. Most of all, we believe in each other. If you have any non-believers in your circle, cut them off, respectfully. You need all the energy possible to make dreams come true.
Night time — Currently I'm wrapping up a mini Spanglish album that has been in the vault for the last 2 years! I've been hitting the studio almost every day for final touch-ups, or hitting other sessions to build the catalog. I can't believe I've even made it this far to see it through. I'm completing the work in stages which means SONICS over everything. Beya (executive producer) and I have been perfecting everything from the feels, to production, lyrics, layers. Now that the skeleton of the work is done, it's been sent out to mix and all there is to do now is wait. I reached a milestone of completion on a body of work I thought I would ultimately give up on.
PLEASE REMEMBER: greatness doesn't come easy. This Spanglish album has pushed me in ways I didn't know were possible and through every trial, delay and second guessing I came out a stronger artist. Stay tuned for #Rola and some surprise drops in between, including a single release and music video next week.
Bed time — Can be anywhere between 11 pm-4 am. Sometimes I get home and even go for a run late at night, I just listen to my body (sometimes I also ignore it) but overall I just flow because there is no predictability or control with things outside of myself. The wiser I get the more I realize all we can do is our best, and that's always more than enough. I know my heart and my dreams, but I don't know the future, so I give it all I got while I'm here. I do know one day when I've reached "the top" I'll most likely miss the moments on my balcony, on the highway, and in home studios.
I hope I didn't confuse you guys too much! I know my days look crazy and it's because they are. Welcome to my world! Thank you for reading about my day in the life.
Stay tuned for more from The Digilogue and our Artists to Watch series. For more on Drea Réal:
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