We had the good fortune of connecting with Alina Hernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alina, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Music moves me. I’m inspired by all that it is, what it does, how it makes me feel, what color it looks like, the frequency it creates… All of it. One of my favorite artists, Lalah Hathaway, picks these notes in her riffs and runs that give me chills! Classic melodies like The Beatles sang are always fun. Robert Glasper mixes genres with jazz progressions that blow me away. John Williams and Hans Zimmer create emotions in movies with the music they make. I love music. It draws me to sing and enjoy it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a young Latina artist, I’m realizing more and more how different I am to be performing and writing music that is not Top 40. I “genre bend” between Neo Soul, Jazz, R&B and Pop. But because I choose to embrace that uniqueness, I have had some amazing gigs with artists like Kamasi Washington and Ozomatli and I’m only 16.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Touristy things are always a must for visitors like the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, but finding great places to take selfies, eat and go to shows are important when in LA. I love to go on hunts, like finding all of the Colette Miller wings for pictures or discovering new taco trucks or coffee shops. Shows at The Wiltern or The Mint are exciting and shopping at The Melrose Trading Post for an up-cycled find is more my vibe.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I wouldn’t be where I’m at without my music teacher, Marcus Coleman, the opportunities that come with being a House Of Blues Music Forward alumna and the support of my parents. I’m thankful!