Vibi is the nom de plume of Canadian pop singer and Niagara Falls native Valerie Borghesi. Her dynamic vocals and high energy Gen Z Pop aesthetic are garnering attention. Vibi’s latest single is “Fallback Girl” a defiant statement on not being someone’s second choice is full of spunky Emo pop vibes. I chatted with Vibi on “Fallback Girl”, social media, and her musical influences. Read on below!

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Hi, Valerie or would you prefer Vibi! Thanks for taking the time! How are you doing? How has your year been so far?

VIBI: Hello, the pleasure is all mine! You can call me Vibi (pronounced “Vee-Bee”), but I do love my birth name also, so either way.

(cont.) Regarding my year, in short, this year has been a complete roller coaster for me. I’ve never faced so much self doubt in my life but at the same time I have never been so self assured and confident that this is what I am meant to be doing with my life. Fortunately, when I get down I get right back up even stronger.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Can you talk some on your background and how you got your start in music? Was there an artist that particularly inspired you? Or some other catalyst?

VIBI: I always knew I would be a singer/songwriter/performer. I never once questioned that and fortunately neither did my parents. I came from a super supportive family that saw from a young age that performing was my deepest passion. I idolized insane performers like Britney Spears in my childhood, as a preteen discovered Taylor Swift which made me beg my parents to buy me a guitar and lessons, and in my teenage years Lana Del Rey evoked the inner sad girl in me and did it with a pristine glamour aesthetic. These artists really made me feel like I had to be on stage and write songs as powerful and iconic as theirs.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You recently released a new single “Fallback Girl”. Can you some on the inspiration behind it? How did the new track come together? What the recording process was like?

VIBI: I had a writing session booked with my friends Brooklyn Azzopardi, Graydon Welbourn, Anthony Crapratta (Illvibe), and killer producer Yuri Koller. On my way to the session, an ex sent me a message that inspired the whole session. We literally just wrote about this text message I received and I was so mad lol. It was both fun and cathartic to do it in a room full of talented friends.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Who are some of your biggest influences as a pop songwriter?

VIBI: Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, Tove Lo, Doja Cat, the 1975, Halsey, Dua Lipa, to name a handful.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What are your thoughts on social media and is it an integral part of being an artist today?

VIBI: I believe it’s such a powerful tool for exposure in today’s indie scene. Of course with anything that has a great deal of power, it also has a dark side. It becomes so easy to compare yourself to people around you which is a dangerous path to go down. You have to remember your path is unique to you and social media is an opportunity to lead like-minded people down that path with you.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Switching gears… if you had a talk show who would be your first three guests be and why?

VIBI: Hmm maybe Andy Samberg, Doja Cat, Harry Styles. I think we’d have a lot of fun and laughs making parody songs in front of a live studio audience.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was your favorite book as a child?

VIBI: I didn’t read much as a kid but I do remember listening to this audio book as a young girl called “Chicken Soup For the Soul”. It was about a girl with an Eating Disorder. She was tasked with looking in the mirror and reframing the way she viewed her body. I remember doing the same exercise and this was my introduction into self love. That stuck with me for many years to come. To this day when I am too hard on myself, I look in the mirror and do the same exercise. I feel fortunate that I was introduced to a book with a healthy message at a young and impressionable age.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And, what is next for you, Vibi?

VIBI: Releasing an EP! I’ve been busy behind the scenes getting my ducks in a row, but I’m so excited to be able to stand behind a body of work. More on that later…

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: To end… is there anything I forgot Vibi?

VIBI: There’s always more to know! If you follow me on any of my socials, you’ll notice I live with my tiktok Viral 101 year old Nonna. She’s everyone’s favourite crazy italian great-grandma. I also live stream on twitch every Tuesday and Friday so if anyone wants to hang out with me they can catch me there. All socials are @shesvibi.

VIBI: Thanks so much for the awesome questions, V.

You can stream Vibi’s “Fallback Girl” below.

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The Reclusive Blogger aka Brittney Williams is a music, editorial & fine arts photographer and writer based in Los Angeles, California — When I'm not taking photos or writing (I love writing poetry and writing about music). You'll find me at a concert (come say hi I'm super nice and have Converse on!), listening music and even making electronic music. You will also find me super active (and super friendly) on social media and I love to spend time with my family. :)

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