After years in New York Metropolis’s underground music scene, Bentley Robles’ new digital pop has taken queer nightlife by storm, a tempest of equal components glamour and blood. He aspires to the glittery exaltation of divas, and his music, like a cardiogram of the center’s highs and lows, describes the intimate and wrenching moments of his life. His new EP, Ugly Crier, frames his ethos of glamor and vulnerability in a single rarified package deal of music, providing the listener an exquisitely him, notably Roblesian piece of music. The album cowl— a portrait of Robles along with his eyes whited-out like a person possessed— sums it up: his teartracks, glittery crimson rivulets on his cheeks, are the liquid model of his lyrics: they’re strains, laid out— like all good poetry, any good artwork— in stunning blood.

How do you tie magnificence and emotion collectively in your life and your music?

They’re chaotically intertwined, it’s taken me a while and a few well-received music to grasp that. The extra private I’ve obtained in my music, the extra it’s linked. I’ve been so scared and at instances embarrassed to put my soul naked, however it’s all the time paid off. I see the way it resonates and heals not simply me however others. It’s given me the mandatory perspective to delve deep and perceive. 

Your music roots appear to be extra digital, however it appears you need to “conquer the mainstream pop music panorama,” and this album sounds decidedly extra pop than, for instance, “lay all of your love on me.” How has this shift in sound performed out— has it been a acutely aware choice, or a pure evolution? What components do you suppose influenced your shift in sound?

At first, I used to be in awe of the synth-pop greats: Ellie, Tove, and Robyn. However like every other f#g I’ve a real obsession with MAIN POP GIRLS, the gloss, the tradition, the vitality. Reckoning with my queerness allowed me to begin daring to dream and picture a world the place I could possibly be whoever I needed to be as an artist and with out these limitations I’ve discovered precisely who I’m purported to be as an artist, and that’s the primary ever fundamental pop boy!

When it comes to Ugly Crying, what issues make you ugly cry as we speak? How about 10 years in the past?

Final week, it was a industrial for allergy medicine, god it was good. I’m rewatching Gray’s Anatomy for the third time and ooof that will get me going each time. Additionally Camila Cabello at Coachella???? That’s MY lady. I used to be so comfortable to see her again on stage I wept. I can’t wait till I’m her particular visitor at Coachella in 2027! I Luv Her!

10 years in the past my tears had been much less cathartic and extra wasteful, I not shed tears over folks or issues that don’t deserve them anymore. I feel that’s referred to as progress.

Inform me about among the biography— the anecdotes, life expertise— that went into these songs.

Ugly Crier is a collection of diary entries from the deepest, darkest, and ugliest components of my coronary heart. Lots of people say they put on their coronary heart on their sleeve, and to that, I say I put on my coronary heart throughout. I’m an emotional mess coated in blood for all to see and there’s proof of this while you stream my music. I not care what folks consider me, I’m empowered to really feel, to be queer, and to be loud. These songs are me and I’m them, there’s a lot extra to return!

So that you’ve been on tour for a pair weeks! How has performing this album stay been? What has receiving viewers response and interpretation been like?

I’ll go on the report now and say that touring is my favourite a part of all of it. It appears like a reward for all of the blood, sweat, and glitter tears I pour into my music. To get on stage, in a room filled with people who find themselves as excited for me as I’m for them, it appears like I’m bringing an hour-long music remedy session to the lots, and my solely aim is that folks depart feeling lighter, brighter than they did earlier than. 

The place did your love for music come from? 

The Mexican me is about to leap out proper now! My Mexican mother and father raised me on the divas Belinda, Paulina Rubio, and Selena. So from the youngest age, I had a fascination with music and the facility of the folks making it. I used to be engrossed, after which sooner or later round 12 I began to sing and I haven’t stopped since! Music, particularly singing was the one factor I loved throughout my tumultuous teen years, it gave me objective. 

The place do you hope to see your self in 20 years? 

I need to have extra Grammys than Beyonce, a private chef along with his chef, a chihuahua sanctuary, 17 #1 songs, and a home beneath the ocean.

Or I’d commerce all of it in an effort to simply nonetheless be doing precisely this, it’s what I’m meant to do.

Who’re your largest inspirations? In music and in life? How have they influenced your life and work? 

I discussed the divas above, however together with them was the lady who launched me to all of them. My mother. She is the unique diva, she confirmed me what it’s to be sturdy, to be fabulous, and most significantly to persevere. She allowed and impressed me to be myself, to dream, she is my largest supporter. 

I look to all of the pop greats for steerage – what they did, how they did it, why they did it. We’re on this bizarre house the place fundamental pop has taken a again seat and it’s nearly frowned upon, everyone seems to be various and funky and in their very own lane. So if something it’s that, it’s my (and Dua Lipa’s) mission to maintain fundamental pop alive. And if I do say so myself we’re doing a fantastic job.

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