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The Spanish songstress has released her third album, Cross The Verge, and is touring, playing Fred’s Ale House in Manchester, 28 Jan.

What informs your music and songwriting?
It’s informed by emotional frames, journeys through different landscapes, reflection on personal feelings and faint tonalities that are rarely bright.

How have you evolved as an artist over the years?
I think I have improved as a writer, as a lyricist, as a performer, as musician and producer. I see myself as more self-confident, and really committed to myself, to my music and career.

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
Now I am working on my new record, finishing lyrics, doing some more writing. I have written 18 new songs since I finished recording Cross The Verge. I like to be able to choose the songs. I just started my own label called Great Canyon Records with my manager David Giménez. We have released Roger Usart’s Songs From A Twisted Neck produced by Ryan Boldt (The Deep Dark Woods) and Marta Delmont Silver Blaze’s debut album, which I produced.

What’s it like to operate in the music industry today?

I think every one of us feels alone in the industry. It’s hard to find somebody who really trusts in your music and wants to be involved. When I think of the industry I like to think about being in a team. This is how I feel you can persist and go further. Otherwise we’re like some castaway on a small boat in the middle of a big big sea. Now musicians or singer-songwriters have become more like business owners rather than artists or makers. It’s hard to survive. Almost all of my friends and my Spanish label keep telling me how crazy I am for spending the money I spend to make my records. I guess they’re not used to it but I don’t even have to think about how I want my record to be made. It’s pretty clear in my mind. All the bands and artists I love make records in this way. In the end, I cannot separate my career from my life or vice versa. But it’s sad that the music industry is only for the chosen ones.

What’s on your rider?
If you’re thinking about hard alcohol or any substance, I am sorry to disappoint you. I’m happy with some beers and something to eat.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.

I had several surreal experiences through my life. One took place on a calm, foggy, chilly autumn afternoon. I had driven my boyfriend to see a friend that he was working with. His friend lived in a house located in the middle of the forest. The girl, my boyfriend’s friend, lived in an old typical Catalan building which consisted of a main house and then another small house. Well, while both of them were at the small house working on music, I was invited by his friend’s mum to have a cup of tea in the main building, where they were actually living. So I started to chat with the lady and after a while we were surprised by the sound of a car’s horn. It sounded like my car horn. So we headed to the window to see if my boyfriend was there calling for us. I don’t know if I have explained myself well, but the thing it is that there were only two cars outside, the lady’s and mine. So we went to the window and we couldn’t see anyone. We thought we might be confused, maybe some music sound coming from the other house. We kept on talking but instantly the horn sounded again. So the lady and I went out and we surprisingly found the four of us in the patio looking at each other strangely. They thought I had been calling them and as they didn’t hear me I started with the horn car. Nobody was outside, no other car was there. I even went to check if my car’s door was locked and it was. We took that as a signal. And we were right.

What’s your worst lyric?
Some lyrics I must have left in an old notebook…

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