“Who’s that chick with the green hair?” Although Neila’s green mane is the first thing people recognize when they see her, there’s more to this unique songstress than meets the eye.
While her vibrant style allows her to stand out in a crowd, Neila is all about promoting diversity and inclusivity rather than exclusivity. In a recent interview, we learned all about her unconventional upbringing, musical influences, and future endeavors. From the diverse streets of Miami to Hotlanta, she’s busting her butt in a male-dominated industry to make herself a household name. Though many dream of stardom as children, Neila hasn’t allowed her zeal for music and fame to dwindle. If you don’t know, then now you know. Have Digital brings you an exclusive with the ‘Alien Princess’.
First off, thank you for sitting down with us. We’re so glad to have you.
Thank you for having me.
The first thing that comes to mind is your green hair, so how did that come about?
I dyed my hair green, maybe, three and a half years ago. It definitely has to do with my branding, the concept, and everything it entails. My name is alien spelled backwards, so that whole idea kind of goes with that. It’s a deeper meaning to my name, but that’s where the green hair stems from. Before green was a color that everyone did, no one did green, I just decided to go with a color everyone considered “not cute”.
You go by the Alien Princess, how did that concept come about?
It kind of started when I was about 12 or 13, just because of my interest in sci-fi, ghosts, and aliens. But I developed it into an actual thing because when I was growing up, I was primarily around white people. So, my family was the only black family. I felt like I fit in but at the same time, I didn’t. I always felt like I was trying to fit in. There were cultural differences, differences in hair texture, just differences in general. I’m the Caribbean, I’m Bajan and Jamaican, so that kind of started to form the idea that everybody is an alien. Everybody at one point has felt left out like they don’t fit in, like a sore thumb or the black sheep. We’ve all felt weird or not normal, but those are both just social words so it all depends on how you perceive them. What’s normal to me may not be normal to you and what’s weird to me may be “normal” to you. So, in reality, we’re all aliens. Individually, there’s something that you may do, and I think “Oh, that shit is weird.” There’s a lot of stuff that I do that people may look at and think “Yo, that shit is fucking weird.” But it’s normal to me, so the alien thing is more inclusive rather than exclusive.
The alien concept was, in a way, you embracing your differences or what people considered to be out of the ordinary?
You dropped your latest EP on February 2, “Sage.” Talk about the process. Do you write your own music?
Yeah, I write my own music. I started writing “Sage” back in October. I went through several different songs and ended up coming up with these five that I put together. Through that process, I broke up with my boyfriend at the time. It was a really rough breakup. The relationship ended up being abusive, so I had to really work through that and those core songs were the result from that. I called it “Sage” because writing and recording those songs, even the process, some days I would just cry and talk to my engineer. It was a cleansing process for me. It was a release of negativity and all the bad energy that I was carrying with me from my last relationship. Everything was pushed into that project.