Recently, Glade’s The Museum of Feelings opened at Brookfield Place in Battery Park. It’s a venue that “turns emotions into art” by featuring five distinct rooms to match the following feelings: Optimistic, Joyful, Invigorated, Exhilarated, and Calm. Visitors can breath in the scents of the candles that match each of the emotions, touch and feel their surroundings, take selfies, and make their own journeys in each of the galleries. Additionally, the outside of the venue continually changes colors based on the mood of the city, which is determined by a mix of social and real-time data.
The Museum of Feelings featured a special performance on its opening night by Becky G. She performed “Shower” and “You Love It” acoustically, and got the crowd super excited. Her partnership with Glade and The Museum of Feelings is fitting, as she experiences a range of emotions with her music and she loves collecting scented candles. I had the opportunity to chat with her and here’s a look at our conversation:
Lesley Reider: What inspired you to get involved with The Museum of Feelings and how is it connected with your work?
Becky G.: Honestly, it happened very naturally. I’m a natural lover of candles and plug-ins. When [my friend] Alex was [telling me] about The Museum of Feelings, she was talking about all of the rooms they’re doing and how it’s going to come together, and I said this could be something really cool to be part of. Being an artist, especially a songwriter, you have to be connected to your feelings. To me, it kind of goes hand in hand with the scents and the people you surround yourself with. All of those things bring memories or they inspire new things. So I was just excited to finally be a part of it.
LR: Do you have a favorite Glade scent and room in the Museum of Feelings?
BG: I love the vanilla lavender candle and going into the [Calm] room [that has this scent ] was very cool because it had all of these clouds. It was very relaxing. Taking pictures in the room was really cool too because it looked like I was in a dream!
LR: Have you ever done anything like this before?
BG: This is the first time I get to do something that’s so innovative and creative. At the same time, it’s really inspiring because you go into each one of the rooms and it makes you feel different things. The scent kind of just complements that. It’s not the first thing that comes to your mind. It feels so cool because of what it was inspired by, which was the scent.
LR: What’s next for you?
BG: I’ve been traveling a lot. Music is my main focus. I got discovered when I was 14 years old and that’s when I got signed. I’m 18 turning 19 now and it’s been this long process of developing myself and my craft and being better at different things. Recently, I decided to jump into the acting side of entertainment since I’ve always loved it, but I’ve never really worked out that muscle. I got to work out that muscle on Empire, which was really exciting for me because it was my first real acting debut. I got the bug and I told my agent that I want to keep auditioning for things. A role came my way and at first, I [said], I have no time- I’m on tour right now and in the studio- I can’t record this self-tape. My agent said just do it and I’ll tell you what it’s for afterwards. So I did it and she told me it’s for this movie called The Power Rangers. I freaked out. The director ended up loving my self-tape and I ended up going to meet with them. I made it till the end and I got the phone call that I’m going to be the Yellow Ranger in the movie that comes out in 2017.
LR: In relation to feelings and emotions, do you have any words of advice for people aspiring to be musicians?
BG: I’m still super young and still learning about myself and life in general. The one thing I’ve learned pursuing the career choice that I’ve decided to take on is that patience is key, and staying inspired is so important because as an artist in order to write about life, you have to live it, and you have to reflect about things you’ve gone through or what you’re going through in this moment or things you want to go for in life in the future. So always just staying aware, surrounding yourself with great energy, and just being inspired traveling [is key]. Anything really is possible, so just remembering that and looking at the glass half full and not half empty is really important.
Such a pleasure to chat with Becky G.! The Museum of Feelings is open until December 15. For more information, check out www.themuseumoffeelings.com.