We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicia Camiña and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk-taking can be scary and can push you out of your comfort zone, but that is the key to success. Sometimes, we have to make decisions that can change our lives completely, but those are the ones that are going to make you closer to your dreams. In my case, I had to take many risks such as leaving my family in Spain and my whole life there, to come to America and develop my artistic career. It wasn’t easy at all, but I know I did the right move, and since then, I got a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t have received if it wasn’t for the risk that I took of being at 4000mi distance from the people that I love.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a professional saxophone player, composer, and producer. I’m from Seville, Spain and I moved to America three years ago. It wasn’t easy at first because I had to leave my family and friends, but I knew that it was the right thing to do. I consider myself a really hardworking person and all that I’ve achieved in my life came with hard work behind. I don’t think there is something in this world that is impossible. There are going to be moments in which you think you cannot make it and you are going to consider giving up, but persistence has always helped me to get over myself and obtain what I wanted. One thing that I’m always trying to express in my message is that I don’t think artists should have any kind of label on the music they do. It is just music and you might compose an RnB song one day and the next day you might be composing the soundtrack for a film. I like to know a little bit about each field and that is why I’ve played in different ensembles and different bands that had different styles, I’ve composed and performed jazz tunes, contemporary music, film music, concert music and I’ve produced for different artist. I don’t like to put myself in a box and I still need to learn a lot from all of the possibilities in music.
I’m currently working on my next album with my band and this time we are working on some modern jazz compositions that I’ve done. I’m really excited and I can’t wait to perform it live in different cities around America and Europe.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So in Boston, I would definitely go with them to Sam LaGrassa to eat. It’s a sandwich place that is so tasty and I would walk with them through the Charles River, Boston Common, and the Back Bay area in general. If my friends were in Sevilla, I would take them to Casa Ricardo to eat the best croquetas in the world and I would go to El Barrio Santa Cruz and Triana for a walk. Sevilla es una maravilla.
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?
My parents for sure. They are the reason why I am today who I am. I couldn’t have achieved anything without their support. They never discourage me in anything, they always helped me in any way they could and they believed in me always. They are my inspiration and the purest love I know. I am so grateful for having them in my life and I just want to make them proud with every step I do, that is my main motivation.
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