Make Way For Princess Pia Mia's Reign


Photographed by Signe Pierce.

We share music because we want to connect with others on a deeper level. We want to relay and relate to a message that can’t be said with just words. This April, NYLON is dedicating six days a week to introducing you to new artists and budding favorites. With interviews and GIF portraits done down at SXSW (plus two very special ones done outside of the conference), NYLON’s Month of Music is an exercise in finding aural pleasures outside of the Top 40. It’s an exercise in challenging you and ourselves to not stick to one genre. But above all, it’s a celebration of bold voices and sheer talent. Enjoy.

The onset of social media, rabid fan bases, and an industry that favors the single over the album has redefined what it means to be a bona fide pop star. The innocence of pop's bubblegum days is long gone. Nostalgia for the early years of Britney Spears & Co. is strong, but up until now, no musician has taken the provocativeness acts like Spears' exuded and modernized it for today. Pia Mia Perez, the 19-year-old musician better known as Pia Mia, is leading that charge.

With more than four million Instagram followers and an incredibly active presence on Twitter, Pia Mia's star is burning brighter than ever. The Guam native has come a long way since covering Justin Bieber and Sarah Brightman (in Italian, no less!) three years ago. Now, she's racking up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube, rubbing elbows with other elite teens, and was, most recently, named the fashion director for Madonna's Material Girl clothing line. Growing up alongside the advent of social media has helped bolster her influence across the world. Her unique blend of street style, couture, and Tumblr trends has made her an icon in the making. Her music, however, and all that go with it—videos and live shows—is where Pia Mia shines. To say she has rhythm is a massive understatement. Her music videos and choreography harp back to the not-so-innocent days of the early aughts. What's more, she can sing through it all. Pia Mia boasts a powerful vocal range—one that holds a candle to Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande's. Her confidence is palpable and her drive is wonderfully relentless. Though she's only released a few singles and an EP, Pia Mia is poised for pop royalty. Bow down, accordingly.

Ahead, get to know the multihyphenate in our exclusive interview and photo collaboration with artist Signe Pierce, who just so happened to shoot the entire thing on an iPhone. Welcome to the digital age.

Photographed by Signe Pierce; Styled by Chris Horan; Makeup by Scott Barnes; Hair by Dimitris Giannetos; Creative by Claire Fitzsimmons.  Shot at The London West Hollywood.