Salvador Villafana: Moving Forward

Through the production of his music, Salvador Villafana is able to find a balance between his calm demeanor and twerk- inclined personality. Our valentine’s day crush, famously known as Salvie Da Bawdy, grounds himself as a seamlessly cool DJ based in New York. The artist recounts growing up in Brooklyn- experiencing the heat of New York summers and navigating heart-wrenching love for the first time. He takes solace in alone time, finding sanctuary in his obligatory blunt-rolling ritual. In 2020, Salvie released Quarantine Papi, a solidified volume of mixes that served the purpose of uplifting his followers during the pandemic.

As years go by, Salvie has sustained a prevalent social media presence, attracting followers like James Phlemuns and Victor Barragan. He stands in his innate confidence, allowing his spirit and genuine personality to give him opportunities to walk for Barragan and Beyonce’s Ivy Park. Although 2020 stood as a time of great accomplishment, Salvie is ready to take 2021 by the throat.

Interviewer: How are you as of late?

Salvie: For me, the seasons take a huge toll on me. Once it hit October, my inspiration went down. Seasonal depression is real. I’ve been snapping out of it, [but] I’m forever gonna be working on my self. We’re humans.

Interviewer: How do you feel about the new year so far?

Salvie: 2020 was the year of honesty and realizing shit. A lot of growth with myself- I’m still growing as time progresses. 2020 sat me down and was like, ‘You have all these issues. You need to work on them.’

Interviewer: You accomplished great things in 2020. How do you feel about your accomplishments? Are you content?

Salvie: I am and I’m not. I feel like I could be putting out more work. I should be pushing myself way harder.

Interviewer: What is it like walking for Barragan?

Salvie: I walked for Barragan a few times. I know Victor; I met him in 2017. One of my friends photographers me, and he saw me and followed me. I had one of his jackets that I bought in 2014, so he was like, ‘That’s an original piece - that’s crazy.’ He wanted me to be on his show and ever since then, we’ve been cool.

There are so many different Spanish speakers and it’s super chill. When I originally wanted to model in 2017, I could’ve done it, but it’s not something that I see myself doing [now.] When the show was about to start, I was like, ‘Alright, I need to smoke.’ Hella chill.

Interviewer: There would be no Salvie Da Bawdy without da bawdy. So what’s tea? What’s the workout routine?

Salvie: It’s crazy because I had the best body in 2019 and I was eating constantly. I was at my biggest. I’ve been jumping back in the gym and I like to work on specific body parts. I do legs, then chest, arms, and then I do a bit of everything. The gym is a happy place- it’s hella therapeutic. I be going ham in that bitch.

Interviewer: What has been your experience as a queer person?

Salvie: Growing up, people would sort of pick on me, but I would just be like, ‘I ain’t gay.’ But when I got to high school, I had my first boyfriend, and I told my mom and she was like, ‘What are you doing?’ I was like, ‘Oh, I’m driving with my boyfriend to see his parents.’ I was a junior going into senior year. She told me we’ll discuss it when I get back. It was kinda awkward because I didn’t want to discuss it like that.

My mom was like, ‘Are you gay because of all the gay friends I have around?” I was like, ‘No. I’m gay because I like dick.’

Interviewer: What did your upbringing look like?

Salvie: I was a badass little child. I would always be getting into trouble. It was chill. [I would play] cops and robbers with the kids. I grew up in Brooklyn and it’d be hella fun playing tag, having the sprinklers dripping water, and the speakers being mad loud.

Interviewer: When was the waking realization that made you understand your identity?

Salvie: I had so many Spice Girls stickers; it’s crazy.

Interviewer: Tell me about your relationship with music.

Salvie: Saturday mornings, [my mom would] blast music while she was cleaning. My brother is a huge fan of Jay-Z and Nas. I grew up listening to a lot of rap. Music has always been around. I believe music cures anything.

Interviewer: Why do you think God put music into your life?

Salvie: It’s my purpose to put people in a vibe and get them out of their funk.

Interviewer: What albums and artists have built your music taste?

Salvie: Megan’s Tina Snow, Cardi’s Invasion of Privacy, [and] Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I just want to listen to some twerking shit. I wanna see you bust down.

Interviewer: What are your adventures with nightlife?

Salvie: I could write books. I’m hella genuine, so I don’t be on no fake bullshit. One of the things with going out is navigating who’s fake and who’s not. A lot of people are not genuine. They just want to be friends with you cause they want to see what they can get out of you.

I started partying at 14. All of my friends were freshmen in college [and] I was a freshman in high school, so I started going out and drinking. When I got older, I didn’t want to be partying like that because I did it so much when I was younger. I like to just kick it back and relax.

Lowkey, this pandemic has been super annoying because I wanna go party super hard, get super fucked up, and be like, ‘Shit, that was a night. The last night I had like that was last year. That shit was fucking nuts. I was going to this party with my friend and I took molly.

Interviewer: During the beginning of lockdown, you blessed the children with some mixes. What was the inspiration behind “Quarantine Papi?”

Salvie: I knew when I first released a mix, I wanted it to be a volume type of thing. It was in the height of quarantine, and I’m a Papi, so I named it Quarantine Papi. I just wanted people to be dancing. The first “Quarantine Papi” brought back memories from being in the streets at barbecues. The second one was the same, and then the third one [was] nothing but Spanish music. The next mix is gon’ be cute too. It’s coming soon.

Interviewer: How are you navigating relationships as a young adult?

Salvie: It’s hard because I haven’t been in the healthiest relationships. I would meet the person and then shit is going crazy and it’s because I didn’t take the time to get to know the person. I’ve been dating this dude and we’ve been really getting to know each other and I really appreciate that we’re friends. Dating is hard. But we growing and moving forward.

Interviewer: What does freedom mean to you?

Salvie: [Freedom is] being able to do something that I love without having to worry about other shit. I wanna be in a Bentley mad loud like, ‘What’s up, bitch, we’re going shopping!’