Courtesy of Tamarindo Rekordsz
To have fun Alt.Latino’s “El Tiny” takeover of NPR’s Tiny Desk sequence, we requested a number of of the artists contributing performances to reply our “El Tiny” questionnaire. These solutions have been edited for size and readability and translated into English.
Artist Identify: Carin León
Nation of Origin: Mexico
Style: Regional Mexican
Any musician, dwelling or lifeless, who would you invite over for a cafecito? José Alfredo Jiménez, due to the way in which that he wrote. It is so easy however so actual. I feel he has among the most pure and heartfelt compositions that I’ve heard in my life. [They are songs that] join with any viewers, that anybody can perceive, however they’ve a lot significance, a lot content material within them.
One album that at all times reminds you of dwelling — no matter which means to you. Tríptico (Vol. 3) from señor Silvio Rodríguez. It brings me a heat feeling of dwelling. We have been a household of few footwear and the reality is that at this second, thank God, life smiles on us in a different way and we understand that happiness is not [having money]. Oftentimes, we have been even happier [then], after we did not have two nickels to rub collectively.
If I weren’t a musician, I would be a(n) ____. Music took us by the hand in a really pure, very informal method and it by no means allow us to go, so I am unable to think about doing one thing that is not music. I feel that it must be one thing associated to artwork as effectively, or with online game improvement. It is one of many more durable hobbies I’ve. Or, I do not know, a filmmaker or a photographer or one thing that must do with artwork, as a result of for me artwork is the blood of on a regular basis life.
Dream place to tour: I like taking part in in my nation in Mexico, and I additionally actually get pleasure from taking part in in the US. However there’s a music that I’ve actually fallen in love with: I actually like the favored music of Spain. I actually respect its folkloric sounds and I like flamenco. Spain additionally has a really exacting viewers. The reality is that we wish to, in some way, begin winking on the Spanish public, and I feel that it will be a really massive dream to have the ability to understand a small tour all through Spain.
What are you listening to proper now? I’m a type of individuals who [gets] up and the very first thing I do is take a bathe and at all times with music. I placed on a playlist with señor Silvio Rodríguez, Billy Joel, music from José Alfredo Jiménez, from Pedro Infante, from don Sebastián, from Pepe Aguilar. Proper now I am very into an album that is referred to as ANTI-ICON, by an artist that is named GHOSTEMANE, which I extremely suggest.
Is there part of your inventive course of — a chunk of substances, a software, a way — that you have adopted not too long ago? How has it impacted your artwork? I feel greater than any method, the sincerity that I’ve now been allowed to indicate in my music and in my sound [has permitted me] to experiment with sounds that weren’t doable earlier than in my style, or that individuals have been very closed off to. [They] believed … that regional music usually is not for everybody and was for a distinct segment in style viewers. The truth that we are able to defend Mexico’s folkloric music, however individuals additionally permit us to experiment, that they permit us to make our music larger and enrich it and that the general public, critics and media shops like Tiny Desk, give us the chance to share with you our hearts and souls … I feel sincerity has modified the whole lot in my music.