Malú Trevejo – Tattoo Ideas, Artists and Designs

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Women in Latin music are on the rise, and Malú Trevejo is bringing it back to Gen Z. Trevejo started posting on as a young teenager and quickly gained worldwide acclaim on TikTok. While she could have continued to dominate the platform dance scene, she had bigger plans ahead. Trevejo started releasing music in 2017, built a loyal following and became an unstoppable force in the music industry. Now she’s grown up and ready to release her debut album for the masses. We sat down with Trevejo at Inked’s New York headquarters to discuss his inspirations, growth, and budding collection of striking tattoos.

How was your upbringing in Spain?

Growing up in Spain was cool, I like the food there. It’s just a whole different vibe. I like living here more, but I like the food there.

What impact did your move to Miami have on your work as a musician?

It allowed me to connect more with my Latin side and my Cuban heritage. It helped me connect more with who I was.

Did you aspire to become a singer when you were younger?

Ever since I was 6 or 7, I stood in front of the mirror with a microphone and started singing. I started writing songs when I was 14 and back then they were pretty sad.

What were your inspirations when you started making music?

My first inspiration was definitely Rihanna. I also liked J.Lo and Shakira, whom I listened to a lot when I lived in Spain.

How do you think your new music shows how you have grown artistically?

I started making music when I was 14 and now I’m 19, so there’s a big difference. Now I know where I want to go and what I want to do. I want to keep making different types of music and keep exploring. And then I hope to win a Grammy.

How was it for you when you performed live for the first time?

I was nervous, but it went away every time I went on stage. You have too many things to do to worry about anything else.

When did you start sharing your music on social networks?

I started about four years ago, but I was a baby. I guess I’m still a baby, but I’m, like, a grown baby.

What was the first song you released professionally?

My first song was “Luna Llena”. It was just a fun kid’s song about the full moon and going crazy. But it went double platinum.

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What’s been your favorite part of having a big presence on TikTok?

My favorite part was talking to fans when I had no one else to talk to. And when they had no one to talk to, I talked to them. I feel like that’s the best thing.

What are some of the challenges of being a musician with a large following on TikTok?

Just a lot of people tell me I’m a TikToker and I’m not a singer. But that’s okay, because we all grow from something and I grew up making dance videos. Then I had the opportunity to release music and that doesn’t mean I’m not a musician.

How has being a dancer on TikTok benefited you?

It helped me a lot because I freestyle most of the time and have fun. With dancing, the most important thing is to have fun.

When did you first fall in love with dance?

I started belly dancing when I was 7 years old. I just learned by watching Shakira’s clips, and I still love belly dancing.

Tell us about your song “Complicado” and what went into creating it.

I wanted to drop this song first because it’s more of a chill vibe and it’s different from the other songs I’ve worked on. The song is about relationships that come and go and never go where you want them to go. So it’s like, “Damn, let’s roll with whatever’s to come.” I did the song with Luar La L and we recorded the video in Puerto Rico. It was really fun and dope to do.

How does this song differ from the new music you will be releasing soon?

I have a lot of Brazilian funk and R&B songs. I don’t like to stick to one thing. Honestly, my team helped me a lot [as I] going in this direction, because sometimes I don’t have much self-confidence. But I’m planning on doing a whole album and I’m just figuring it all out.

How does it feel to introduce your fans to different styles of music?

It is really good. My fans are, like, the cutest thing ever. They just go with everything I do.

Will there be Spanish and English songs on the album?

It’s going to be a mix. Like me, it’s bilingual. You will see English, you might even see an entire English song. You will see Spanish songs and you may even see both.

photos of Jason Goodrich

photos of Jason Goodrich

What is the song that you have not yet released and that you are passionate about?

I have this song coming up with Myke Towers and it’s a remix of “My Neck, My Back”. I loved the song before and I like the rhythm, but I wanted to change the lyrics and the concept. I bring more latina vibe to the original song.

What do you look for when working in collaboration with another artist?

Just positive vibes, you know? I don’t want to do a song with someone who has bad vibes. I prefer to meet them and if they are nice people, we can work together.

Do you plan to go on tour to promote this new album?

I want to drop all my songs and then go on tour, because I’m not going to perform a single song. I’ve done a few gigs already – I’ve done Lollapalooza and played with Gente de Zona all over Spain. So I have some experience now.

What do you hope your fans take away from your new music?

So they can see my growth and how much I’ve changed with my music. Before, I was a bit lost and I wasn’t in a good environment. But now I know [where I’m going] and I am surrounded by good people.

Was there anything you were able to explore musically?

I just have more freedom. Before, a lot of people really judged. Now I have a team of people that allows me to be myself.

How does it feel to be part of a growing group of female artists making waves in Latin music?

I feel happy and I’m really grateful. I’m still nervous about it too, but I know it’s part of the process. I would really love to work with many more Latin female artists in the future, especially Cardi B.

photos of Jason Goodrich

photos of Jason Goodrich

Tell us about your tattoos. Which was your first?

My first tattoo was this treble clef on my wrist when I was 14. I did it myself at home. Then I got these dog paws and this rose on my arm, these are my first tattoos.

My first big tattoo was my tiger with lotus flowers on my bicep. I liked these flowers because they can grow in the dirtiest water and still look beautiful. And tigers are just one of my favorite animals. After that, I got a Medusa tattoo on my hand, but I gave her my face. This shit hurts like a female dog, especially around the joints. At this point I have about 15 or 16 tattoos.

What prompted you to get a tattoo?

My mother has tattoos. I don’t want to sound crazy, but I started getting tattoos because I like pain. I want to tattoo my back next, I want a big dragon on my back in black or red.

What is your most significant tattoo?

This one on my sternum. These are my eyes and my religion. In my religion, “mother” is represented by the ocean.

What prompted you to get a tattoo?

I don’t want to have someone else’s face on my body. Because sometimes when you get your favorite artist tattooed and you meet him, he turns out to be an asshole.

photos of Jason Goodrich

photos of Jason Goodrich