As an artist, I have to be authentic, and what inspires me most is real-life stories. Growing up in my household, I witnessed so many amazing characters who deserve to be heard. We don’t have Latin families on Eastenders or working as TV presenters here in the UK.
As a whole, the British Latinx community is severely underrepresented in the media. The representations we do see are mostly exaggerated, and while I am drawn to fantasy, I am also particularly inspired by more raw experiences.
Determined to show the diversity of the entire Latinx community, Desta has made sure that her creative process is inclusive of all subcultures within Latin America. Her music video for track ‘Aguanta’ showcased UK-based Latin American women of all shades performing along to the infectious single.
While her own personal lived experiences inspire much of the EP, Desta understands the impact sharing her music is having on the broader Latinx community.
I’ve received messages from young girls all over the world who identify with who I represent and the work that I’m doing. The people that are hollering at me are people that remind me of myself, and that feels really nice.
I know that I’m not the only Latinx artist that has been influenced by London and I know there will be more to come after me, but it feels nice to be potentially opening some doors and being the artist I wish I had growing up.
Looking to the future, Desta hopes that her music can continue to inspire people from all walks of life. A second generation immigrant on both sides of her family tree, her story resonates with young people across the globe in search of their place in the world. Desta hopes that her music will continue to inspire others as her career progresses and her artistry evolves.
I want to be able to look back on my career and actually feel a sense of achievement from always being true to myself. I want to have helped people with my music and my message – that would be a big goal of mine.
For Desta, music is a shared experience, and while it took much self-discovery and personal endeavour to get to this point, there’s still so much more to be created and explored. The progression she has shown between releases is but a glimpse of what she has in store for listeners in the future.
While her message is noble and dedication to her craft encouraging, it’s her north London charm and cut-throat wit which will make her a force to be reckoned with inside an industry not known for its mercy. Latin inspired music is not a trend, for Desta, it’s a calling, and she’s more than ready to ensure her voice is heard and her message sincere.
Stylist: Juliana Caviedes