6 Questions With Sierra Blanca
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
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Next in the hot seat is Nashville-based indie rock project Sierra Blanca. We have not yet had the privilege of featuring Sierra Blanca here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
My project is called Sierra Blanca. I like to think of the style of music as soulful on the rhythm side of things, driven with some melodic indie/Americana guitars and vocals. The new EP is definitely heartfelt with a lot more focus on the songwriting and harmonies. I’m currently based in Nashville, but spent a lot of time in El Paso, TX and was raised in Mexico. My family was part of a missionary group there, and I got my musical start at around 10 years old playing under a tent with the worship group. Once I moved to Texas, I started playing in bands around town, and the current project started taking shape around 8 years ago under the name “A Main Street Marvel.” The name was changed after the move here to Nashville about 2 years ago.
As an artist, how do you define success?
That’s a tough one. I always told myself that if I could make a living doing music, I would consider myself successful, but that isn’t necessarily true today. I wouldn’t sacrifice the freedom to write stuff that I like and get as creative as I want for making money. As long as I have the means and time to keep writing and playing music in my own way, I would consider that a success.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business.
I think the toughest part, particularly about being an independent artist, is that you really have to wear a lot of hats to put a good product together. There’s so much more involved than just the music itself. You have to design graphics, get good pictures, make video content, and learn how to market and promote it all. You can pay people to do all that stuff if you have the means, but it can get pretty pricey. It can be a lot of fun though. I’ve picked up a pretty good amount of random skills just out of the necessity to do it along with the music.
A true DIY musician!
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Haha. The answer to this probably depends on what day you catch me on, but if I had to pick my favorite song to play at the moment, it would probably be “Paint The Road.” The guitar parts are fun to play.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Some of the classic influences that have stuck with me through time would probably be Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstong, and Fleetwood Mac just to name a few. As for the more modern stuff I’ve listened to and has probably played some sort of role in my writing, there’s Feist, Sufjan Stevens, etc.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I studied physics in college and I stay involved in research as much as I can and also teaching it locally. Also just hanging out with friends and loved ones and exploring new places and nature. I’m sure it all contributes indirectly to the writing process!