ACL Music Fest 2014 Friday Interviews – Second Weekend

Grilling TGIFriday ACL performers – again!

ACL Music Fest 2014 Friday Interviews – Second Weekend
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Ana Tijoux

4:15pm, Zilker stage

French-Chilean hip-hop idol Ana Tijoux made her U.S. debut at South by Southwest in 2010, promoting her much-beloved sophomore effort, 1977. Four years later, the rapper presents latest LP Vengo, airy sequel to 2012's La Bala.

Austin Chronicle: What was your intention in how you're presenting the material on the new album, Vengo?

Ana Tijoux: I would be lying if I said I had one specific objective with this album. It was very important for me to make an album that first of all had levity. Everything that happened after that is welcome, to be honest. It was an intensive process at the same time – trying to push it and find the perfect words for the perfect song. To me, [Vengo] was a continuation of the album La Bala. And what we wanted was to make it even more organic than La Bala – to integrate some organic instruments.

AC: How do you feel hip-hop artists from different parts of the globe are connected to each other?

AT: We are all connected by the language that we work. We are all very different. We all come from different countries, different backgrounds, and different vision. At the same time, something crosses over all of us, I think the passion and the energy.

AC: Do you meet a lot of different international rappers?

AT: Not as many as I would like. I would work with them more, but we will do it in a natural way, I think.

AC: What do you hope to accomplish next in your career?

AT: I think it's very important to present the album live. We have so many rehearsals to arrive at the quality we are searching for. I would say what we expect right now is to continue playing this album and open it and seek new life with different arrangements from one song to another.

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