Austin inhabitants living in THE “Live Music Capital of the World” have quite the responsibility when it comes to music. With such a distinction attached to our city, it’s only fair that we keep up with our duty of knowing and supporting the musicians who create their music within our city. One such musician all Austinites should know is Gina Chavez. Born and raised in Austin, it is no surprise that so much talent can come out of this homegrown singer/songwriter. Her soulful voice and the band’s toe-tapping sounds have earned them the title of Austin Music Award’s 2015 Musician of the Year, in addition to winning Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Latin Band, and the Esme Barrera Award for Music Activism and Education.
If you’re heading to weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, take yourself and your kids, if they are in tow, to catch Gina Chavez on the Tito’s Stage on Friday, October 7, 2016 from 4:45-5:30 pm.
We had an opportunity to talk with Gina about her music, what inspires her, and what she likes about performing in Austin.
LM: How would you describe your sound?
Gina: Indie Latin soul-pop. Or maybe just come check it out!
LM: What has been the most exciting gig you’ve performed so far?
Gina: I’d say our NPR Tiny Desk concert is right up there with our ACL debut last week (round two this week!) and our debut at World Cafe’s XPN Festival. It’s hard to beat a large energetic crowd and beefy stage sound, but the Tiny Desk is such a coveted thing that it makes my top three!
LM: What has been your greatest influence as a musician?
Gina: Six little beats from Argentina changed my life. Apart, they don’t sound like much, but together, they’re known as “Chacarera” and they seep into your heartbeat and sing to your soul.
LM: What do you love about performing in Austin?
Gina: The people, hands down. Austin is such a unique place to build a music career. The audiences are well-versed in good music and they know the importance of supporting their indie artists. Thank you, Austin!
LM: For someone who has never seen you play before, how would you describe your show?
Gina: We balance the bravado of a ten-piece Latin band with the subtleties of an intimate songwriter with lots of shouts and hip-shaking in between!
LM: Besides being at the festival, what else do you like to do in Austin?
Gina: I love living here. I was born and raised here in Austin and it would take a very special place or situation to make me pull up these roots. I love the chill vibe, the creativity that flies through the air thick as pollen. I do not like the pollen, but it’s worth a few allergies to have my family and the people and places that have shaped me at my fingertips! I love everything from movies at Alamo to walks around Town Lake to bike rides on 360 to dancing at Tuesgayz and amazing sunsets every other night!
LM: Which shows are you most looking forward to seeing at this year’s festival?
Gina: I’m really stoked to see Andra Day and Kendrick Lamar.
LM: What’s up next for the band after ACL?
Gina: We’re off on another adventure! I’m headed to Sydney for a few days before I meet up with my full band in Jordan for a week of workshops and performances with the U.S. Embassy there!
LM: Are you playing any ACL Late Night Shows?
Gina: Not this year, but glad Austin’s Magna Carda landed some cool slots! Represent!