Name: Sandra Lilia Velasquez
Where do you live now? Brooklyn
East vs. West coast? East coast for the people and the arts. West coast for the Mexican food and the beach.
Day job: Administrative Assistant for the dance department at Columbia University.
Why “Pistolera”? It’s feminine and fierce.
Do you own a gun? Only the kind that squirts water.
Brief background on Pistolera: My old band [Caramelize] broke up in the fall and I had already been writing new songs in spanish. I knew I had to start a new band. My cousin Ani Cordero said she would be my drummer. She learned all my songs in a day and introduced me to bass player Pablo Martin a couple weeks later. For right now it’s a trio, but I secretly want an accordion player.
Started playing guitar at age: 13. I took up guitar in rebellion of having been forced to play piano my whole life.
…when your musical idol was: Jimi Hendrix. (I’m a lefty too).
Describe your sound in 3 words: ranchera rock (I can name it in two words!)
Sample song lyric: “Es mas facil pedirte perdon, que pedirte permiso”
Writing & singing in Spanish vs. English: I’ve always written in both, but at the moment it’s all coming out in Spanish.
Musical influences: early Los Lobos, Vicente Fernandez, Manu Chao, Bersuit Vergarabat
Other influences? my life, the people around me, the changing of the seasons.
Last 3 CDs you bought: Very Be Careful (great Colombian band from LA), Lhasa, Lola Beltran
Favorite thing about NYC: diversity
What you hate about NYC: the cold
Favorite place in NYC: My bed
Least favorite place in NYC: Times Square
Favorite NYC bands: Cuban Cowboys, Cordero, Contramano
If you didn’t live in NY, you’d live in: Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
Upcoming gigs: Tuesday, February 15 @ Pianos 10:30pm
What does “cosmopolatino” mean anyway? latinos in the concrete jungle.
For more info on Pistolera, check out www.pistolera.net