Musician Spotlight: Jessica Hernandez & Ana Tijoux

Lately, the Latinitas office started to explore different musical genres. These two Latinas are not only talented, but we can’t stop dancing to their songs!

jessicahernandez_photo_gal__photo_432388068Jessica Hernandez
Lead singer of The Deltas, an American soul/pop band from Detroit, Michigan, has been described as a “rock’n’soul powerhouse”! As a first-generation American daughter of a Mexican mother and Cuban father, she grew up working in her family’s bakery. Her most recent breakthrough has been the release of Secret Evil in 2014. Her catchy rock-n-roll tunes is definitely worth a listen, chicas!

800px-Anita_tijouxAna Tijoux (Ana María Merino Tijoux)

Ana Tijoux, a French-Chilean musician, has an impressive background in hip-hop and rap. Consuelo Vargas and Makul influenced her musical interests in the late 80’s and early 90’s, which led her to create the hip-hop group, Makiza, withLos Gemelos withZatourno. In the late 90’s she was the female MC of Makiza, a hip-hop group, and in 2006 she crossed over to Latin Pop with her collaborative hit with Julieta Venegas, Eres para mí.

Review: Juanes Concert


Written by Lucero Estrella

As a kid growing up in a border city, I was constantly exposed to Spanish music from different Latin American artists on the local and Mexican radio stations.  Among the mix of songs and artists on the radio was one amazing superstar from Medellín, Columbia, Juan Esteban Vásquez, more commonly known as Juanes.  With his mixtures of Latin rock and pop, Juanes has conquered the hearts of many people around the world with his music– and the 16 million of copies CDs sold, two Grammys, and 19 Latin Grammys are there to prove it.


Being at the first weekend Austin City Limits (ACL) festival on Saturday, October 4, took me back to my childhood.  Juanes shared the stage with his group and constantly changed guitars to perform both old and new music. He played his new hits, “Loco de Amor,” “Mil Pedazos,” and “La Luz,” as well as older songs like “La Paga” and “Me Enamora,” and the popular hit “A Dios le Pido.” The moment that Juanes stepped on stage and began signing “Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor,” I felt goose bumps all over my body.   Standing in the front rows next to people singing and dancing along to Juanes’ songs was an unforgettable experience.

Juanes finished his performance with a surprising cover of Bob Marley and The Wailers’ “Could You Be Loved,” and then closed the night with one of his most popular hits, “La Camisa Negra. ” This left the crowd begging for an encore — me included.  After the performance, I waited with a crowd of fans to catch a glimpse of Juanes backstage, and I was lucky enough to stand less than a foot away from him and snap a few pictures.


Being able to see Juanes live was a million times better than listening to him on my CD player — for the younger readers, an old-school device before the iPod.  His voice, appearance, and presence made me feel like a child once again. I can’t wait for Juanes to return to Austin so I can watch him once more.

Review: JLo ft. Flo Rida – Goin’ In

Here’s what one Latinita had to say about JLo’s and Flo Rida’s music video.


Name:Angelisse (Lissy)
Your Age:
Your City & State
El Paso, Texas
What artist, band or album are you reviewing?
Jennifer Lopez and Flo Rida- Goin In Music Video
How would you rate it?
3 stars: Average
What do you dislike about it?
I believe J-Lo’s dancing could of been a little better. The choreographers should have been paying attention to how Lopez could keep up with the background dancers, how she should be dancing in each costume, and simply just making sure the choreography was dazzling instead of focusing on how much they show her butt.Somewhere in the music video a car starts bouncing up and down randomly. I didn’t get it. It just didn’t play in to the music video for me.
How does listening to this music make you feel?
The song is great! It makes me feel like I want to get up and dance!I love in the music video her glitter lips and the use of neon and vibrant colors. Puerto Rican pride! That was definitely shown here by Jennifer and Flo Rida.
 Who are your favorite musicians?
Panic! At The DiscoRhiannaKaty PerryAvril LavigneP!nkSkrillex

David Guetta

Nicki Minaj

Demi Lovato


Concert Review: Pacha Massive

Pancha+massive+pachaPacha Massive is Latin alternative Dominican band based in New York City. The name Pacha Massive comes from the term “Pachamama” which translates to Mother Earth. The multi-talented Ramon Nova was created the band back in 2005 (in Bronx). The members of the band are Monica Lionheart, Vincent Veloso, Joe Abbatantuono, and Maya Martinez.

On Friday, October 4th, the band was performed in Austin for ACL and Latinitas was able to see them perform live!

The energetic crowd shared their thoughts about Pacha Massive:

“To me it’s kind of a mix of sexy, electronica, jazzy and loungy,” said Annie Rodriguez, a Pacha Massive aficionado.

“They throw a little bit of soft hip-hop, but it’s not yelling at you… it’s nice.”

In the end, I was quite surprised. They put on a great show.

The enthusiastic crowd cheered and danced to songs like “Don’t Let Go,”“Only You,” “All Good Things,” and “Pachangeando.”

Diana Castillo and Jenny Rivera are both veteran attendants of ACL and fans of Pancha Massive.

“I’ve known about them for while but this is my first time seeing them live,” said Diana Castillo, a Senior Nursing Student.

“Their style is hard to pinpoint,” Castillo says. And her friend Rivera agrees, and said,  “But their music is really great to dance to!”

It sure is!  Pacha Massive features a freshness of sound like no other band. They incorporate elements of electronica, hip-hop reggae, hip-hop, Colombian cumbia, and dance rhythms.

This exciting musical composition brings out a sense of adventure at times, and a feeling of relaxation at others. Furthermore, their songs are almost a contradiction—they are intense, but also calm; fast, yet slow; sad, but happy.  Their style is original, there’s no doubt about it.  The rich and resonant brass and the crisp and exact percussion dominate in their music.

Moreover, “Pachangeando” was a crowd pleaser, and would make a good concert opener. It features a warm and mellow tone, as well as a unique rhythmic combination of percussive elements.

However, the crowd’s energy weakened because they felt unsatisfied with the ending. Pacha Massive left thirty minutes before their allotted time due to “other” engagements.

Rodriguez was among the displeased audience.

“That’s so weird. Why are they leaving so early?” she said.

Nevertheless, they played a great show with no musical clichés whatsoever. Needless to say, their musical style is so vibrant and dynamic that it’s almost impossible to get bored.

Crash Landing Into the Spotlight

Spring break for many students means spending time at the beach but other more adventurous students prefer the city adrenaline. One place where spring breakers find themselves is visiting music festivals or going to a concert, like the South by Southwest Music Film festival, or SXSW, in Austin, Texas or Coachella in California.

In a music festival, not only do the popular bands get the chance to perform in front of their fans, those same fans have the chance to hear some of the less-known bands. The less-known bands have one shot to make those fans listen and attract them to their music.

Recently, these great acts performed at the SXSW festival.


Bajofondo is made up of eight musicians from Argentina and Uruguay. The band was formed in 2002 with members Gustavo Santaolalla, Juan Campodonico, Luciano Supervielle, Martin, Ferres, Veronica Loza, Javiery Casalla, Gavriel Casacuberta and Adrian Sosa.

The band was received with open arms due to their quirky mix of different variation of musical genres. Their dance-able music is a mix of tango, electronic, Latin Alternative and house music. Their music is perfect to work out at the gym, dance with that cute boy or just to jump up and down to at a sleepover.

Here’s a video of a performance they did during SXSW:

Gaby Moreno

Gaby Moreno is a Guatemalan singer, songwriter and guitarist. Moreno has been in the music business since 1997 and her music can be described as a mix of blues, jazz and R&B. Her songs can be found in English and Spanish.

Moreno is a very talented artist, having a huge following in the Latin American countries after she recorded a song with Ricardo Arjona. Moreno has had a lot of critical success and her songs are perfect to sing along in the shower. Just think of her as the Spanish Mariah Carey.

Here’s a video of a performance and interview:

Crash Boom Bang

Crash Boom Bang is a band from the Washington DC/northern Virginia area. The band is made up of drummer Mauricio Rivero, bassist Raul Rivero, singer Omar Ruiz and guitarist Chaucer Hwang.

Latinitas was able to get an interview with Mauricio Rivero, the drummer for Crash Boom Bang.

What inspired the band name?

The name came from a tentative lyric that we have from an older song of ours. We started writing music before we actually even had a band name. There was this one lyric that we sang Crash Boom Bang to. We were like, “it’s not going to stay. We are going to change it.” One day, we were like, “we need a band name. We need something that sounds big with large lights.” Our singer was the one that came up with naming our band.

I read on Tumblr that you are South American. Do you think your culture affects your music?

You know what, I don’t know. I want to say no, not really. Just because the area we are from, Washington DC, it’s such a mix pot of so many different cultures that we are friends with everybody. Raul and I, our parents are from Bolivian Peru and there is definitely no Bolivian Peruvian influence in our music. But, I really can’t say if our music is influenced by it.

How would you describe your music then?

Uhm, I would have to say electronic pop with a side of rock if that makes sense.

What are your favorite songs to perform?

Okay. My favorite song to perform to would be from our most recent record, the song Save Me. That is my favorite song to perform. A lot of times we will open up our set to that song. My other favorite song to perform would be a new song that we haven’t released yet called Circles. That is a lot of fun.

What’s next for the band? Can we expect new songs or perhaps an album?

We have a bunch of music, all new music already recorded. We just need to narrow it down. Our next release will maybe be another 6 song EP and it’s slated for release sometime in the springtime. We are really ready to pump something out again. We just shot a new music video for Save Me and we will be promoting that for a little while. As soon as we are done promoting that, we are ready for the next step.

Last question, what would you tell those who wanted to get into the music business? What advice would you give them?

Be patient and stick to your guns. Because when it comes to music, I once heard this quote, that being a musician is probably one of the hardest things to be. You put your emotions out there for the world to either love or trash. It doesn’t matter what you put out there. Just know that you are going to have a handful of people that are going to like what you are doing and a handful of people that won’t. The way we see it, the people that hate our music, we have to be doing something right. We just want a reaction out of it. Just be patient, stick to your guns and work hard.

Here is a still video of the band’s song, Save Me:


Music Review: Jessy J’s ‘Hot Sauce’

Jessica Spinella, also known as Jessy J, is an emerging Latina musician.

Her father is from Mexico and her mother is from Texas. She began playing the piano and the saxophone at a very young age and went on to studying jazz at the University of Southern California. After graduating, she toured with artists such as Michael Bublé.

‘Hot Sauce’ is her third album, which displays more of a Latino vibe. Paul Brown, a smooth jazz legend, is the producer for the majority of the album. Together, they blend several sounds and rhythms, creating an electric performance. The album also features several musicians such as Joe Sample, Harvey Mason and Gregg Karukas.

‘Remember The Night’ is the first track on the album and it showcases Jessy J playing the saxophone. It is an upbeat track that transports you to the streets of Latin America. Tracks such as ‘Hot Sauce’ make you connect to Jessy J’s Latin roots, and the salsa feeling that compliments it gives you an urge to dance. There are certain tracks that have a slower beat, such as ‘Rio Grande.’ It starts out with smooth sounds and harmonizes between two saxophones.

This album is full of great smooth jazz. For those who prefer some sort of vocals, have a listen to ‘In A Sentimental Mood.’ With Saunders Sermon on vocals, this song is fascinating and extremely catchy. If you have never been a fan of jazz, give this album a chance; you might change your mind. It’s a great album to have on your iPod, and Jessy J is a musician to keep an eye on.

Juanes – A Global Latino

Declared to be one of the most important figures of Latino music by Los Angeles Times and one of the top 100 most influential personalities by Time magazine, Juanes is known as the #1 rock Latino artist around the world.

Even though many people still think that Juanes is a band conformed of 2 or 3 people, “Juanes” actually stands for Juan Esteban. He is a Colombian singer that has overcome the barriers of language and culture with his music. So far, Juanes has been the first and only artist to sing in the European Parliament in Spanish. Also, he has been one of the few artists to reach high levels of popularity in Japan without speaking a single word of Japanese. But besides all his fame, popularity, and talent, Juanes is an artist who worries about social justice. For that reason he created his non-profit organization called “Mi Sangre Foundation” which focuses on helping landmine survivors of Colombia.

It needs to be said that Juanes’ uniqueness lies in the simplicity and originality of his songs. On each of his songs Juanes utilizes Colombian Guasca, which is the traditional music of Colombia; such music employs the usage of the accordion and guitar; the perfect example is Juanes’ song “Fijate Bien,” with which he launched his international career. But besides the music, are the lyrics of his songs, some call for peace and others make fun of the difficult issues we face in our daily lives.

But you’re probably asking yourself, why is this girl so interested in spreading the word about Juanes’ life? The answer is simple: I’m a 100% Juanes fan. My love for him started several years ago, when he was still part of Ekhymosis, a Colombian rock band that no longer exists. I can say that I would do everything for Juanes. Well let me rephrase; almost everything. My fascination for Juanes is such that when he came to El Paso, Texas for the first time I followed him to his hotel after his concert. My desire to obtain his autograph and have a picture with him was so great that I waited outside his hotel until six in the morning. You might be wondering if I was able to meet him and to my fortune I can say yes! He is one of those few artists that remain close to his roots despite all the fame he enjoys.

When Juanes returned to my hometown for the “La Vida es un Ratico,” I was not able to repeat the experience of following him, but at least I have the satisfaction of going to one of the best Juanes’ performances I have ever seen. In this particular concert, Juanes had a high-quality light show, full of effects, which made the concert more enjoyable and fascinating for his fans. Juanes sang most of the songs on his new album such as “Me Enamora”, “Gotas de Agua Dulce” and his most recent song “Tres,” which have become hits all over the country in a short period of time. He also interpreted the songs that made him popular such as “La Camisa Negra,” “Mala Gente” and “A Dios le Pido.”

After confessing my debility for Juanes, I just want to recommend that you to go to one of his concerts whenever you have a chance. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with him, the same way I did, and grateful that he shares his music talents with us. If you would like to know more about Juanes visit his website

January 2011

Radio La Chusma

At the front of Radio La Chusma, a band that blends together Afro-Mexica beats, Reggae and Cumbias to create a vibrant border-world beat sound, stands Selina Nevarez at no more than 5′ 1”. Her small statue is misleading to her big role in the border band. Not only does her powerful voice provide the high voice that completes their sound but her uplifting lyrics and positive attitude reflects the message of love and acceptance that the band strives to spread throughout the Southwest and rest of the world.

The blending of cultures and sounds, the emphasis on history and heritage, and the crowd-inspiring lyrics is what this group is all about. Lyrics such as those in Keep Movin’, “Life is too short to be staring at a clock. Get up and keep on moving to the rhythm that rocks,” captures the fun-loving attitude of Radio La Chusma’s region and is simply perfect to get up and dance to. It’s no wonder why their song, “Adelante,” is the first and only song with Spanish lyrics used to represent an American city, why their shows become packed with people of all ages and backgrounds, and why their songs are played around the world.

According to Selina, this band is out to prove to the world that there is beauty in blending of cultures, border regions, and that music is all about celebrating life. Besides her work with the band, Selina is also working on the release of her first solo album entitled It’s About Time. Inspired by her mother, artists such as jazz queen Ella Fitzgerald and Chavela Vargas, Selina grew up breathing music and has since then transformed her passion into her career. She shares about her experience with the band, her solo jazz career, her dreams of becoming an educator and why music is such an important aspect of her life.

1. How did you become interested in music and in singing?
I’ve always just been into music, it’s always been around me and a part of my life. I grew up listening to my parents singing and I learned harmony by listening to my dad sing along to Beatle’s records. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t singing. I always had to sing Linda Ronstadt’s Canciones de Mi Padre songs at family parties. My mom has a tape recorded of me when I was two years old and I was just jumping up and down singing Ten Little Monkeys. So I always have and I always will sing, it makes me happy and it’s a great feeling.

2. Who was your greatest inspiration growing up?
I would have to say my mom, for sure. She worked so hard and she has this never-quit attitude. She was the one who introduced me to music. She always played music for me whether it was Disney records or the Wee Sing tapes. When I was 6 months old, she took me to go see Annie and one of her favorite stories to tell was that I just sat there quietly watching.

3. What artists have influenced your work?
As far as my musical influences go, I just love all music. I like classical music, jazz- I love Ella Fitzgerald, she’s what got me into jazz- and old school Mexican artists like Chavela Vargas. Basically, I like anything with soul. I don’t think singing should always be so pretty. I think it should have more soul in it because life isn’t always so pretty.

4. Not many people know about your solo career, can you tell me about your recent album?
Basically when I decided to start recording music I was working with this artist named Tony Buenes aka Mano Sol. He showed me a beat and I wrote something for it. My solo work is a lot more jazzy than what we do with Radio La Chusma. It turned into us performing shows and started an album. I’ve been working on my solo album, It’s About Time. It’s called because it is about time and also because it’s about time I finish it. I’ve been working on my album for a few years now and finally it’s almost finished.

5. How did you get involved with Radio La Chusma?
I started my solo album in 2005 and one day Radio La Chusma saw me performing. Ernie (the lead guitarist and vocalist) came up to me in Ernie style and asked, “Hey, when are you going to start working with us?” I told him, “Whenever you ask me.” After that, I started with them right away. When I first heard Radio La Chusma’s music, I loved the sound of it and their message. I always heard my part in their music, like my top vocal belonged there. When I first started practicing with them I just sang that part I’ve always heard and it just fit; it’s that other harmony, that high voice, that was missing. It’s been really good ever since.

6. How is Radio La Chusma different from other bands?
We like to share our music and I think our music has an eclectic sound and it’s likable to all kinds of people. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, how old you are, what your background is, we’ll probably play something that you enjoy and that you want to move to. I think that comes from being a positive group that tries to spread a message of love and understanding and acceptance and just laughter and fun and life. We’re trying to be one of the few bands out there that promotes a good message. There is so much trash out there that’s filled with sex and violence and drugs and that’s not what music is about. Music is about a celebration of life.

7. How do you incorporate your culture and history into your music?
One thing for sure is that if you don’t know where you have been, then you don’t know who you are or where you’re going. I think right now in our society a lot of people feel kinda lost as far as who you are as an individual and I think a big part of that is because we’ve lost the history of our culture. People think that their history began 200 years ago in this country and it didn’t. It actually began hundreds and hundreds of years ago in Mexico and Europe and Africa; it’s a mixture of all of those places. So we have a huge mixture in our culture. For hundreds of years, indigenous cultures were kept in secret, kept silent, being native was embarrassing, shamed upon and people didn’t relate themselves to that. We’re native to this land and I think that’s one of the reasons why our culture is so strong and why we have such a vibrant society because we feel that energy from this land, being from this land. We want to bring that our in our music. It’s a history lesson at the same time that it’s a lesson about love and all that stuff. We want to remind people of that history.

8. What is like being the only female in the group?
Strangely it’s really no different from anything. I never feel weird or awkward. We’re a very close family and sometimes I think it’s more important for a band to be a family rather than friends. We don’t really hang out outside the band and party. We meet for band and we meet for work. When we go on the road together we’re stuck with each other for days and there’s never a problem. We have a lot of fun, everyone’s funny, everyone’s open, we like to play frisbee and go swimming, and just have fun. The guys are like my big brothers. I grew up in a house with two older sisters so I’ve never had a brother in my life. They call me the annoying little sister and I guess I am.

9. What advice would you give to a young girl who wants to start a music career?
My advice would be to never to stop. Never stop, especially because you don’t think you can or somebody else doesn’t think you can or there’s somebody telling you to get a real job or that’s a horrible business or whatever. You have to do what you love and if you’re just trying to be a millionaire, you probably shouldn’t be doing that. You have to be determined and you can’t be knocked down just because someone doesn’t like you. Not everyone in this world is going to like what you do and that’s no reason to stop anything you’re doing whether it’s music or business or school, you just have to keep doing what you want to do for you. Just keep going because eventually it will pay off. That’s what makes life worth living, living it and not hiding away.

By Dejeanne Doublet


Rhythmic beats, Spanish lyrics, and rock and roll with a Latin touch define the independent music movement in Mexico and Latin America. For decades, bands such as Café Tacuba and Jaguares have been able to crossover in the United States and Europe, bringing attention to Latin America’s indie scene. And now all eyes are on Monterrey — the epicenter of Mexico’s indie music scene.

The music from Monterrey is known as Monterrock, but includes a variety of music styles.

The term Monterrock also stands for the music subculture that developed in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon’s capital —Monterrey. The movement began in the late nineties and has witnessed the birth of popular bands such as Jumbo, Panda, Volovan, Division Minuscula and Kinky, among many others. Today, the movement is made up of hundreds of bands—many of which make music at small independent recording studios or at their own homes. The movement’s poularity with music fans has made Monterrey the country’s music capital, some say. To understand Monterrock, we asked Beto Pasillas—Lubrick’s charismatic drummer— to tell us about the music and movement.

Beto Pasillas- Baterista de Lubrick

  1. How does it feel to be part of the Monterrock Independent movement?

    – I feel very fortunate because it is one of the principal musical movements in Mexico that is made up of great bands from Monterrey who support music and who are passionate about it. People from Monterrey like rock music, and are willing to support this music movement by going to small venues and large concerts. Overall, I feel fortunate that the audience is willing to listen to new music and support “indies” like us.

  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being part of Monterrock?

    – I think that a great advantage is that many great bands from Mexico have flourished from Monterrey. This is why audiences are always looking for new bands that start in this region. The only disadvantage I would point out in this particular movement is the lack of support from record labels. On the other hand, there isn’t a lack of support from fans. They are always willing to attend a concert and buy the band’s products.

  3. What bands from Monterrock have influences your band’s music?

    – I think that the bands from “Avanzada Regia” that flourished during the nineties are the ones that have influence our music. These bands are Jumbo, Zurdok, Plastilina Mosh and Kinky. It is great that the majority of these bands are still part of Monterrock, since these are the bands that made the indie movement popular in Mexico. Audiences see Monterrey as an outstanding music exporter. For this reason, we are glad that these pioneer bands have influenced our music.

  4. How do you balance your commitment to your band with your personal life (school and work)?

    – Balancing these two things is tough. Time management is necessary in order to make both things work. I’ve always believed that having a band is like having a girlfriend who needs to be given time and respect to make a relationship work. As a result, Lubrick’s members dedicate their mornings to school. In order to balance our school work with the band, we plan practices in the afternoons several days per week. In the end, weekends are devoted to our shows. Organization is what keeps our lives balanced.

  5. Where do you see the movement going in 10 years?

    – I think that in 10 years Monterrock will be a lot bigger. I think there will be a lot more support because the current generation has a lot of great bands capable of demonstrating their talent on a national level within five years. I hope that as the years pass by more participation from Monterrock will be present in Texas as it already is in South Padre Island’s Yuju! Fest. I general, I believe in the promising future that bands from Monterrey have on the national and international level.

By: Ashley N. Garcia

Ceci Bastida: Latin Alternative Rockera

Ceci Bastida joined her first band, Tijuana NO at age 15 as lead vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter and became one of the first women to rise in the ranks of Latin rock. One of Mexico’s most important ska-punk bands of the 1990s, Tijuana NO performed together for 12 years and recorded three albums NO, Transgresores de la Ley, and Contra-Revolucion Avenue.

Since 2000, you can find Ceci playing keyboard and singing back up vocals to internationally known recording artist Julieta Venegas. Now going solo, Ceci’s passionate, hypnotic tunes have been heard on the new MTV TR3S show Indie 101, and through thousands of hits on

Ceci Basitda
Latinitas recently met up with Ms. Bastida through Skype at a recent Spring Break Camp. Campers asked her a number of questions and here’s what they found.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico.

When can you first remember wanting to do music?

I think I realized that I wanted to work in music when I was about 15 years old. Before then I used to play piano at home and the thought of me playing in a band and writing songs didn’t cross my mind.

Who are your female influences in music? male?

I don’t think I have specific female artists that I think have influenced me. I know I listened to Bjork when I was younger, Pauline Black from The Selecter was amazing, I loved the power in her voice and how rhythmic it was. I also loved Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow.

I listened to The Clash a lot when I was growing up. I also loved Bob Marley, David Bowie, The Specials. This is all music that I listened to when I was a teenager and a lot of these artists made me wanna become a musician.

Describe one of your favorite songs?

this is a tough one… There are so many songs out there that I love.

What instruments do you play?

I play piano and melodica (which has keys like a piano so I guess it might not count).

How has it been going solo these past few years?

It’s been amazing. I’ve had a lot of fun and I also feel that I’ve learned a lot. Guiding a band is not an easy thing to do. Before, when I was playing with Julieta Venegas I didn’t have to do much except play and rehearse. Now that I’m doing this on my own, there are so many things I need to take care of and it can be difficult at times.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Writing the songs is fun but it can also be torture. When everything flows I’m in the best mood. When things don’t, I start doubting myself way too much.
I also would love to play in Mexico and Latin America and it’s difficult when you don’t have much of a a budget for it. I hope I’m able to go at some point this year.

How do you feel the music industry receives women?

I’ve never had issues with label guys telling me what to do or not to do. But I also know that a lot of them compare women too much. They think that if one sings and writes her own music, she probably sounds like another girl that writes and sings her own music. Even if the music is completely different. I believe that sort of thing happens more with women than it does with men.

Who has been your most exciting celebrity meeting/collaboration in music?

When I was younger and I was playing with my old band Tijuana No, we worked on several occasions with Manu Chao. I always thought he was amazing and loved that we got to work together. I also worked with Kim Deal from The Breeders and I absolutely loved her. She’s an amazing singer and a really cool person.

What do you recommend to our young Latinitas who are interested in pursuing a career in music?

I think that if you are passionate about something you should always pursuit it. Be always honest with yourself and do it because you love it.

To listen to music from Ceci Bastida go to: