We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexya Garcia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexya, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from one of the greatest ciudades del mundo, Los Angeles. Both of my parents are native to this Angeleño land, from East Los all the way to the SFvalley. The industry and Chicanoism is my home and where my passion for music and life take roots. This place is alive with a colorful spectrum of people. LA invites all types. Intense amounts of ambiguity and possibility reside here. You can literally be anything, and you can feel it in every part of the city and it’s county. That freedom has given me a lot of courage to pursue an industry I didn’t have any roots in, and has given me enough space for my passions in performing to grow. This land has been of great resource to my love to learn and craving to explore every interest that calls to me. I think that is why I love making music and creating something to share or perform it. I have this “bag” of cool-ass trinkets from all my chicano roots here and the positive and negative experiences that shaped me as an artist/musician in this industry. But also you fall witness to a lot of harsh truths in and around this city, like homelessness, systematic racism, and it’s dividedness in preserving its own history (*go to Olvera Street ;] ). I always feel called to be bold. I think that is because I grew up here and my parents’/ancestors’ relentlessness, will, and hard work run through my veins.
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.
Firstly, I’m most proud that I am pursuing music. That isn’t easy to do, as I realized during Covid. Surprisingly, just being proud of something that simple and relentlessly loving an art can make you pretty resilient during trying times haha. I have so many things I want to do in my career like tour and give back to LA, like as quickly as possible, but right now I’m excited to have projects newly signed to a record label, BonFire Records, and to be learning more as a music/creative artist under Doris Muñoz in her Casa Mija Program. I used to be in a girl group called the Fabulous Girls that was managed by Master P, and we toured with Disney and had gigs with Nickelodeon, and from their I dived into music and performing arts, which led me to writing, working, and performing with industry forces like Angie Irons, awesomeawesomeshxt, Ray Basa, Spaced Visuals, 8AE, y mas. So far, my journey has been exciting . . . I think anything you have passion for will not be easy, because you love it and you’re vulnerable. I didn’t anticipate the feelings of doubt, which was hard, but I learn that if you give more life to the good than the bad, you start to get more of what you want from life. There are times you are supposed to be lost, and supposed to be found, so being lost isn’t necessarily being in darkness, but being in another part of the cycle.
I want the world to know of CHIRLA (The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights) and Homeboy Industries, two Los Angeles community programs. CHIRLA provides services supporting the inclusivity of immigrants, keeping families together, DACA/Citizenship Applications, and fighting for full human rights (chirla.org). Homeboy Industries is a gang rehabilitation program helping ex-gang members or previously incarcerated personas to becoming healthy and contributing members of society. (https://homeboyindustries.org)
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For real, everybody needs to tap into the chicano culture that is native to LA. Places, things, and people are slowly normalizing and opening here post-Covid. My favorite spots are from the car meets at Big Boys in Burbank, to El Tepeyac in East Los, the coastline “secret spots” along Malibu . . . there’s nothing to do here but things to do so I have lot of favorite spots. The industry is this massive elephant suffocating the beauty of this city’s freedom and it’s people not in entertainment. To eat some historically cultural food, you have to go to Olvera Street in DTLA. Pick any place there, it’s great I promise. There are a lot of cool secret bars (google lol) BUT drink a Michelada made from una tia or a compa. Tastes different, doesn’t it. If ya vegan, go to El Cocinero’s in Van Nuys. Hang out in Sunken City for coastal vibras.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many people I could shout out ah! Aside from my loving parents, I have to shout out Angie Irons, or who I call “Miss Angie”. She has taught me and my ear EVERYTHING about music. She has greatly influenced my love for making and pursuing this business as a woman and kind person, which if you know, you know is hard and testing to do. So Miss Angie, here is to more friendship, life, and creating fun sounds. Let’s go drink some tea with the cookies we “shouldn’t eat”.
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