Exclusive Video Interview: Javiera Mena

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For the past couple years, we’ve been fascinated by the emergence of electro/synthpop/disco pop music bursting out of Chile. The mistress of it, Javiera Mena, became a staple of this musical bang ever since debuting her pop gem album Esquemas Juveniles back in 2006, to then becoming a pop cult figure after the release of Mena. Since her latest two years ago, and showcasing in several massive festivals all around the world, we wanted to know what’s been the happs for this lovely indie electro musician. So, we invited her over during her first visit to New York City to play guitar and to chat with us at Remezcla‘s corner restaurant, La Esquina.

In this video interview, Javiera talks about this music scene we call ‘banging’ in Chile — her viewpoints are interestingly distinct to us listeners in North America — how Latinos remix culture in NYC, the gay scene, her hybrid influences that came with downloading free music (oh yeah), and about her very special lady (mega heart!).

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If you’re in NYC, be sure to catch her live at the Gramercy Theater (7/12) during LAMC and at the Knitting Factory w/ Ana Tijoux (7/14).