When you think of girl power, you think of Fifth Harmony. We all know that the 5H girls are the ultimate queens of pop right now, with their charismatic charms, insane vocals and catchy tunes. From the brilliant bops of ‘Down’ and ‘He Like That’, to indelible melodies like ‘Make You Mad’ and ‘Angel’, there’s no doubt that the fabulous foursome knows how to put the bass in the beat. Ahead of their PSA Tour in Singapore, we caught up with Dinah Jane for a chat on their new album, her thoughts on female empowerment and more!
You’ve come so far since X-Factor! If you could share a piece of advice with your X-Factor self, what would you say?
I was 18 at that time and I feel that confidence was something I struggled with. So I would probably tell myself to surround yourself with people who truly love you because they’ll build your confidence. They know your worth so they can help you grow. With them by your side, you’ll blossom into who you’re meant to be.
You’ve sung many of your tracks in Spanish and they all sound incredible. If you woke up one day, fluent in any language you’d like to be fluent in, what language would you speak?
I think Spanish is a sexy language and everyone can agree on that. I wish I learned Tongan growing up though! I was raised with my grandparents and when I was learning it, my mum would be like “she’s from America so she’s got to speak English”. So I would definitely love to learn Tongan.
You were more involved in producing your new album. How has this new creative freedom shaped you as an artiste?
I feel more fearless now. This self-titled album sparked something in me and I feel more capable now to write my own music. It opened a whole different door for me. Ever since [the album], I feel so inspired and so moved to go out there and speak the truth. I always say it’s easy to write a love song, but the difficult part is writing something super personal to you. Ultimately, it’s all about not letting fear hold you back. Whatever comes first to your mind creatively, run with it. Marry it.
What are some of your favourite lyrics from the new album?
I especially love ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’ and my favourite lyrics are “Don’t promise me tonight without tomorrow”. I think that would make a great Instagram caption.
Sam Smith mentioned that he wants 5H to sing at his wedding during Carpool Karaoke, so we want to know – who would you like to sing at your wedding?
Sam Smith! (Laughs) We have to do another karaoke session because that just wasn’t enough. I would love for Sam Smith to sing ‘Latch’ at my wedding! His angelic voice while I’m walking down the aisle, you know?
If you had the chance collaborate with anyone you’d like, who would it be and why?
I’m a huge reggae girl, so Bob Marley – it would be incredible working with him. Bob Marley and the Wailers are just everything to me. Or Miguel! I love Miguel! He’s such an amazing artiste. I love how lyrically awesome and how witty he can be so I think we can create something cool.
We love how you guys are so vocal on social media – from advocating for social injustice to self-empowerment. How important is having a social media presence for an artiste today?
It’s super important to stay connected with your fans so that you can hear their stories and what they’re going through. We’re always told that we’ve saved so many lives through our music.
What are some issues do you wish people would care more about?
I love kids, so anything to do with children. We visit a lot of children’s hospitals and it just sparks something in me. We go there to sing some songs, let them know there’s hope and help them with what they’re going through.
With all the female empowerment movements that are gaining traction right now, what does girl power mean to you?
Unity. We all come from different backgrounds and have walked different paths. So with our experiences we can unite as one and empower each other and strengthen each other.
Thanks to Sony Music Singapore for the interview opportunity!
ICYMI: Fifth Harmony will be coming to Singapore for their PSA Tour on 14 March at [email protected] Box so don’t forget to get your tickets to the show before they’re all gone. Don’t say you didn’t get the memo!
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