De’Anza is a bicultural artist, creating music for a bicultural audience. It’s old-form music, viewed, then reproduced and performed with modern aesthetics.
“From hip-hop to jazz and everything in-between, there’s no doubt that the United States is musically rich and, like many Latino bicultural homes, I was also exposed to music in Spanish at a very early age,” De’Anza writes in her press bio. “Being that my grandmother was Mexican, it definitely wasn’t uncommon to hear mariachi blasting from the speakers of her boombox. When I began writing music, it only felt natural to also represent that part of me.”
For example, “Si Señor,” the fourth single from the Los Angeles singer/producer’s debut album, “Despertar,” is inspired by a Santafean folk tune, which De’Anza sings over contemporary electronic textures. The song’s video (which premiered today) is directed by Ecuadorian visual artist Jorge Espinosa M. The artist, known for a minimalist approach and deep imagery, took a DIY approach in making the video.
The video comes in advance of a short run of California shows, which De’Anza kicks off 9 p.m. Thursday at Peeve’s Public House. The free, all ages show includes performances from local Latin rock acts Basura and Aire Especial.
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