For an artist just releasing her first singles, Angelica Garcia has amassed some impressive accolades. She’s recently toured with and opened for Phoebe Bridgers, Mitski, Violent Femmes, and Natalie Prass. Garcia also featured in the latter’s band for her Tiny Desk Concert and when you hear the sheer, uninhibited potency of Garcia’s voice, and the vibrant personality she exudes through her sound, you can see why.

With her Americana-tinged, bluesy, grunge-pop Garcia weaves narratives that draw on her Mexican and Salvadoran-American heritage, and express her experiences of growing up amongst the Latinx communities of El Monte and Baldwin Park, and attending a magnet school (which threw her upbringing into stark contrast with some of her peers’ backgrounds).

Across her two debut tracks, ‘Karma The Knife’ and ‘It Don’t Hinder Me’, the Richmond, LA-based artist showcases a broad, textured sound that’s playful, self-assured, and emanates an infectious charisma.

With an album due out later in the year, we caught up with the LA artist to find out a little more about her.

Last photo on your phone…

I’ve been walking around my neighborhood taking photos of every pink and blue flower I see.

Favourite instagram account…

@Mylothecat– He edits clips of old cartoon characters so it looks like they’re singing or rapping along to classic songs.

The best venue I’ve played…

Naming the best is hard. I love Cafe Bardot in Hollywood– There is no hiding. You are right there, completely surrounded by your audience. I like the fear that put in me. I also loved 7th St Entry in Minneapolis. There was similar, special closeness to the crowd there.

Earliest song you remember…

Probably ‘ Baila Esta Cumbia’ or ‘Dreaming of You’ by Selena Quintanilla

The worst job I’ve ever had…

I’ve had a couple pretty bad restaurant jobs (but I love my current one!)

Favourite food on tour…

Whatever’s the best where I am. I love trying what places are known for.

My Favourite word…

At the moment, ‘Astral’

Things that cheer me up…

Abuelas walking around the neighborhood, Guava flavored things, Brightly colored buildings & Knickknacks

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

Honestly, on The Moon.

I think you should listen to…

Kamane Tarhanin by Mdou Moctar. Their whole album “Ilana (The Creator)” is artful.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

I wish I could have seen Betty Carter or Héctor Lavoe before they passed.