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Slidin’ Thru: Stini

You may have first seen Stini’s name on Iggy Azalea’s most recent project In My Defense, but she’s actually been in love with music her entire life. Born in Denmark and raised in Indiana, real name Kristina Buch says she always had a feeling she was going to be an artist. Growing up in the choir and playing multiple instruments, she took the leap one day and it just clicked. Read more…

The model turned singer linked with Iggy in the studio through a producer she used to work with. After Stini played her some records, she immediately became a fan. In fact, Stini is the one who recorded “Big Bag” first, but it was after Iggy jumped on it she decided to keep it for her own album. Stini’s sound is a cross between pop, hip-hop, and R&B, equipped with strong vocals that will leave you wanting more. Now, it’s the waiting game as she prepares to unleash her debut single “Live Forever,” just one of the many fire records she has locked in the vault.

 

For those who don’t know, who is Stini?
Stini is me. I’m just a chill, laidback person. My music describes me pretty much. [chuckles] Just chill. I like to have fun.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s a mix between pop and hip-hop for sure. I wouldn’t say it’s full-on rap, but it’s definitely not full-on pop music either. It’s a new sound. A lot of people have been creating new sounds recently, but I still haven’t heard anyone that sounds like me or I could say “oh that sounds like me.” I’m excited to put my music out.

Denmark- born, Indiana-raised, how does that play into your life and career?
Born in Denmark, the things you’re raised with has influenced me a lot. Because you’re raised to be really socially-aware at a young age, tou’re taught a lot of manners. That’s played a big part of my life growing up. Then I moved to Indiana and learned English at a young age. I knew English but I didn’t really know it until I moved to Indiana.

When did you move?
2007, when I was 10. I learned English more, it broadened my perspective of the world. I’ve seen Europe and I’ve seen America too, so I had a bunch of different cultures.

How important is it to come to LA as an up and coming artist?
It’s important but with social media too, you can get discovered over that. Being in LA puts you in the center of everything, you can meet the right people at the right time in the right place. It gives you the opportunity to go around and actually meet people face to face, rather than just trying to connect over the internet.

Favorite part about the West Coast?
The weather, it’s to die for. [chuckles] Because in the winter, it’s 70 degrees. In Indiana during the winter, it’s below 30 degrees or 0 degrees. It’s crazy, so I like winter out here.

You’re a model also. At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
I still model a little bit here and there, but I feel like they want models super skinny. I’m not trying to…

Who’s they? The agencies?
Yes. Just in general, the modeling agencies. I feel like if I was skinnier I’d get more work, but I still work here and there on a couple things. I worked for Kylie Cosmetics, Guess, stuff like that.

Moriah (A&R/publicist): She did the Sheck Wes campaign!
It was Guess Jeans, Sheck Wes was starring in it with a bunch of other people. I had 5 different billboards in LA, it was fire. You know how they always have that Guess billboard downtown in that one area? It was in that one.

At what point did you realize this music thing was for real?
Really when I started. I put my mind to it, I was like “this is what I’m going to do.” When I recorded my first song really, I’m like “alright this is it.” I took it seriously from that point on.

What did you feel when you recorded your first song ?
I just felt that was my purpose. [chuckles] My purpose has been fulfilled, that was it. When I moved to LA, I was open to what I really wanted to do. I couldn’t really figure it out, then I started doing music. This is exactly what I’ve been searching to do so it worked out perfect.

What was the inspiration behind your name?
Stini was my nickname growing up in Denmark. It’s like my name Christina, everyone called me that in Denmark. When I moved over here, I didn’t like people calling me that because they weren’t saying it right how I was used to. I stopped for a long time. Then when I became an artist, I’m like “I’m just going to make it the American way: Stini (how people would say it).” It worked.

What’s the biggest piece of advice Iggy Azalea has given you?
To not let anybody let me doubt myself. Don’t make me feel like other people are the reasons for things. She always told me “think about the circumstances, it’s still you’re the common denominator.”

What is it you want fans to get from your story?
You can really do whatever you want to do if you don’t give up. No matter what you think, you can do whatever you want. That’s what I did really.

Talk about the new singles you’re dropping.
“Live Forever” is coming out first — I’ve had it. All of my songs I’ve had in the vault for so long now. Waited so long for it. It’s fire, I’m so excited. It’s a really cool pop-y song that shows my vibe, my chillness of how I like to do my music.

How important is social media for your career?
It’s so important. I hate that because I hate posting pictures honestly. I’m like “what do I post?!” I don’t like it but it’s really important nowadays. Everyone’s like “what’s your Instagram?” Even with modeling, they really look at how many followers you have. You’ll go to a job or casting, they’ll make you write the amount of followers you have on a piece of paper. It depends on a lot. It’s crazy, it makes all the difference nowadays. I feel like I have to start posting a lot more, so my shit will come up.

Favorite person to follow on IG?
Shade Room is just funny. [laughs] That shit’s funny. I don’t know about a favorite person… Gunna and Lil Uzi post funny fire shit. Lil Uzi posts the funniest shit.

3 things you need in the studio?
Weed, water, and chill vibes. I don’t like a lot of people around.

What would you be doing if you weren’t doing music or modeling?
I’d definitely be going to school. I’ve always wanted to become a doctor before I did music. Now that I think about, a chef would be fire. I’ve been thinking that lately: if I’m not doing music, I’d probably be want to go to culinary school. That’d be cool.

What’s the best encounter you had with a fan?
After I performed at Iggy’s show [at the Fonda], we stayed for a while because we were going to go to the club. I ended up going home but I waited 45 minutes to go out. We went across the street to get my car and when I was handing the valet person the ticket, these two kids ran up. My friend Stephanie was like “oh you want to take a picture?” They were just standing behind me, but scared to ask. They’re like “yeah” and ran up. It was cool, that was my first real fan experience. They got some cute pictures and messaged them to me like “omg!” The parking attendant wanted pictures too. [chuckles] They thought I was someone cool.

Who’s the most played artist on your phone?
Kamaiyah.

What’s your favorite song?
“I’m On.” I play it every day for sure. {chuckles]

Dream collab?
Kamaiyah, Swae Lee, and Gunna. those are probably my dream ones.

Is there anything you want to let us know?
Shit, I’m just ready to put my music out and let people know who I am really.

 

 

 

 

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