2017 has been a hectic year so far for Camila Cabello. After collaborating with numerous artists, she finally made her solo debut with the incredible ‘Crying in the Club’. In addition to her music, she was made the face of the Guess Jeans Fall 2017 advertising campaign and has just been unveiled as the latest L’Oreal Paris spokesperson.
Camila is currently supporting Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour in North America, and is gearing towards releasing her highly anticipated debut album The Hurting, The Healing, The Loving which is due to drop next month. In support of the album release, she will also be making her debut on the cover of Rollacoaster. Ahead of her debut, Camila spoke to Wonderland about her new music, collaborations and her recording process.
In order to whet the appetite of her fans, last week Camila dropped two new songs from her album. Dubbed as a summer double feature, both ‘Havana’ featuring Young Thug and ‘OMG’ featuring Quavo reached the top 10 on US iTunes and have just entered the UK Official Trending Chart Top 20.
Speaking about ‘Havana’, she said: “So “Havana” is an idea that I had for a song title; a lot of my songs are more dark and emotional. [This is] more summer, upbeat, it’s very wind-your-waist tempo, if that makes sense. It’s really cool, I did it with Pharrell, it’s like a story of me falling in love with this bad boy from Havana.”
Whilst Camila got to work with Pharrell Williams, among others, on ‘Havana’, she had the opportunity to collaborate with Charli XCX on ‘OMG’. Speaking about working with Charli, she said: “She’s always been so nice to me. Before I met her I think she tweeted about my song “Bad Things” and then she expressed that she really wanted to write with me. Obviously I’m such a huge fan of her, she’s an amazing writer.”
Camila also spoke about how the process of recording music for her has changed since leaving Fifth Harmony. “In the group we would record songs for two weeks, it was a really fast process, like sometimes we’d do five songs in a day, it would just be like ‘alright you sing the verse, you sing that’, and then you just record it and that’s it,” she said. “But this has been… Probably because I’ve had a chance to really like, write and make the songs, and be involved in every aspect of it from the production to the mixing. Definitely a lot more challenging but more fun, for sure.”