Pia Mia 'Does It Again' With Tyga and Chris Brown

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Pia Mia's new single "Do It Again" featuring Tyga and Chris Brown is officially our summer jam. We're obsessed with it! And we aren't the only ones. iHeartRadio named her an On the Verge Artist thanks to the infectious track.

You might know Pia as Kylie Jenner's BFF, but before you write her off as just another socialite, don't. The singer's life may appear glamorous to her 1.5 Million Instagram followers, but it wasn't always that way.

Pia moved from Guam to Los Angeles in pursuit of the kind of "American dream" Rihanna sings about when she was just 14. The now 18-year-old singer opened up to us about growing up on the island, working hard to send money home to her family, navigating the music business on her own and what she says is the biggest misconception about her.

The rhythmic pop artist hopes to inspire other teens to believe in their dreams and stay true to themselves, no matter who tries to take you down. Check out our revealing interview with her below.

Cambio: What was it like working with Tyga and Chris Brown on "Do It Again?"
Pia Mia: Working with Tyga and Chris Brown was really great. I was in a session with Tyga and [producer] Nic Nac. He was working with Tyga and I came by the session to say what's up, and "Do It Again" got played. And the record was already finished, it was just going to be a record for me by myself, and Chris and Tyga heard it and they were like, "Yo this record is really great. Could we hop on it?" And I was like "Um, yeah of course!" So they did and they both killed it and it's amazing, and it's just really nice to know that artists that I've listened to for years and have been inspired by heard my music and it's inspired them to want to be a part of it and I just never knew that this could be something that could be a reality for me. So getting to work with artists I love is really special and we're getting ready to shoot the music video for it, so it's pretty surreal.

Cambio: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Pia Mia: Some of my biggest musical influences would be Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Beyoncé. I grew up on the Island of Guam and growing up there, there's not a lot of music that you can physically go to in concert and watch live, so I had to just find any way that I could to figure out how I was supposed to perform. How good should I be, what should my vocals be like? I really had no idea, so all I really knew was YouTube, and I would just study these artists over and over and over again. I watched their music videos and their live performances. I would just vocally train myself by sitting in front of the computer all day long replaying their videos, trying to match their vocals.
Power 106 Presents Powerhouse 2015Cambio: Your song "Red Love" is very honest and personal. Why is it important for you to be so open and honest with your music?
Pia Mia: It's so important to me to just be honest on records, because that's what I want to hear from artists I love. I want to hear them being true. That's what I expect from artists and that's what I'm going to give to people listening to my music. That's what I feel like being a true artist is: expressing your heart and yourself and sharing your experiences with other people so that they can know that they make it whatever they're going through also. You know, everyone goes through pretty much the same problems in life and we can all make it through. And it's also a huge thing for me to be true to myself. And even in what brands I work with or what I post online or anything, I'm very straight up about being who I am and what I believe in. That's always going to be important to me.

Cambio: What do you think is the biggest misconception about you?
Pia Mia: A lot of people think I'm just a rich girl who grew up in California who had everything handed to me on a silver platter and I don't really know why they think that. I think that's definitely the biggest misconception people have with me, but I just grew up normal. I grew up on an island. I just had my family as my friends, I didn't grow up with friends at all. People didn't really I guess know how to hang out with me, because I worked so much as a kid and I just knew right away what I wanted and I think a lot of kids were intimidated by that. But I worked for what I have. Nothing was given to me on a silver platter; no one in my family is in music, no one's in the industry. I basically had to figure this out by myself, like I didn't have anything given to me and that's one of the biggest things people misconstrue. They think I just had this all easy, when it was the complete opposite. I really struggled for what I have today. I live in my dream building now out in Los Angeles and that's not because my parents paid for it, that's not because someone gave it to me. I worked for it. I'm paying my bills. I'm helping my family in Guam pay the bills now. So, I guess I'd just say that I'm not a rich girl who just grew up in LA with everything, at all. I'm the complete opposite.
LA Gear Presents Sports Spectacular Charity Basketball Game Hosted By TygaCambio: Your Instagram followers love your fashion sense. Where do you find style inspiration?
Pia Mia: Growing up on Guam had a huge influence on my style, because there's not a lot of places to shop there and when I was growing up there, there weren't too many stores online that would ship to Guam, so I would have to get really creative on my own trying to find a style and trying to find pieces that were different and that I loved. So really just going to my sister, mom and dad's closets and taking their clothes and trying to piece them together differently maybe, cut them up and make them my own. So growing up on Guam had an influence on my style because it forces you really to have to get out of the box and think creatively about how you can create different pieces out of what you have.

Cambio: If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?
Pia: Kanye would for sure be an amazing person to tour with. I love what he does. I love his music and just how he does his stage design and what he does personally on stage is really epic, and I'd love to be part of something like that.

Cambio: What's one piece of advice you'd give to other teenagers like yourself?
Pia Mia: Believe in yourself, because when you believe in yourself then you finally give yourself a chance to have other people believe in you. I'd also say just to work really hard at whatever you want to do. Just work on your craft every day. Don't take no for an answer. I come from a very small island and to have this dream of wanting to perform and be able to tour on levels of how Michael Jackson and Beyoncé are doing it, is not something you would think is easily attainable and it wasn't. It's a lot of hard work, but I feel like a lot of people would think that's impossible and I'm just here today as a good example of anything can happen if you believe that it can. My life hasn't been easy and there have been a lot of people who have tried to take me down and are still to this day trying to take me down, and you have to be a fighter for what you want. You have to love yourself and love your dream and fight for what you want.

Check out the lyric video for "Do It Again" below and find the song on iTunes.


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