Ximena Sarinana: When I was fifteen that was when the alternative part of me switched on so then I was listening to Radiohead, Bjork, and Fiona Apple.
Wed. December 14, 2011 by Jerry Nunn
When I was fifteen that was when the alternative part of me switched on so then I was listening to Radiohead, Bjork, and Fiona Apple.
Mexican vocalist Ximena Sarinana talks about her English-language debut and upcoming show at Schubas
Ximena's first album released in 2008 was anything but Mediocre with Rolling Stone giving it four stars. Now with her English-language debut album, Ximena is ready to break into the America market with a catchy self-titled sunny offering.
JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hola, Ximena. We talked last when your flight was delayed the day you opened for Sia at the Metro.
XS: (Ximena Sarinana) That was intense! It was a long day and chaotic. I'm glad we could reschedule.
JN: How do you feel the show went at the Metro?
XS: Amazing, it was fun. It was the first show on the tour so we were literally getting used to the stage. I loved getting to know Oh Land and Sia.
JN: Is that the market you would like to tap into?
XS: Yeah, I am open to whatever as far as fans, as long as they like my music. I like all kinds of music. I may not be the typical Radiohead fan. I don't believe in clichés for fans.
JN: What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
XS: My family used to listen to a lot of Latin American folk songs, also Paul Simon, and Tracy Chapman. So I listened to that growing up. I was into jazz music. When I was fifteen that was when the alternative part of me switched on so then I was listening to Radiohead, Bjork, and Fiona Apple.
JN: Your second CD just came out. How was the kick off for that?
XS: It was great. I am really happy just to know it is out there.
JN: I listen to "Wrong Miracle" all the time. It has been great discovering your music.
XS: Thank you. That is so sweet!
JN: You kept on Spanish track called "Tu y Yo." But the last album Mediocre was all in Spanish.
XS: Yes, correct so this is for a new audience.
JN: Where are you originally from?
XS: I am from Mexico. I was born in Guadalajara. The first five years of my life I lived in LA then lived in Mexico City until recently.
JN: You did telenovelas when you were young?
XS: Yes, from when I was 10 to 13 then I did films.
JN: Where are you going to next?
XS: I am going to Dallas with Oh Land then off to play the Jay Leno Show. After that it is Europe. Then I am returning to Chicago to play at Schubas.
JN: It is great to see a new generation of music coming out. I wish you best of luck!
XS: Thank you so much.
Ximena's self-titled album hit stores August 2. She plays at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, Dec. 22 with Graffit6 starting at 9:00 p.m., visit www.schubas.com for tickets at only $12.00.
Check out her new video for the song "Different" with some hot pool boys at www.ximenamusic.com.
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