Mexican actress turned songstress Ximena Sariñana is one of the nation’s most precious cultural exports. She will perform as part of the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival on Saturday, April 18 at the North Beach Bandshell. We caught up with her to discuss her budding music career.
How does your sound fit in with the contemporary Mexican music landscape?
I’m a singer and songwriter with a lot of pop, rock, jazz influence. I am definitely in a very weird spot in Mexico. There are very few artists that do alternative pop. It is usually either very rock or very pop with nothing in the middle. I’m getting airplay on alternative and pop stations which is very strange in Mexico. Artists like me and Julieta Venegas [and others] are making people ask questions.
Your first album “Mediocre” was a major success and you were nominated for two Latin Grammy’s in 2008. What do you think is your appeal as an artist?
I think I was just a very honest person [on this record]. I think that some girls really needed that and felt a connection to me as an artist. It is a very personal album that talked about me and my personal reflections on life.
What is the first thing you want to do when you arrive in Miami?
Go out for a walk in the amazing hot weather. I love heat and humidity.
You found fame starring in films and telenovelas in Mexico. What was it like to make the transition from acting to music?
For me it was a very natural path. Acting was a hobby and music was a hobby. I’ve been taught by my parents [Mexican film director Fernando Sarinana and screenwriter Carolina Rivera] to do what I am passionate about.
Your show in the Heineken TransAtlantic Festival is part of your U.S. tour. How do you feel about it all?
I love the fact that there loads of bands from all over that are going to be playing there. I really like Aterciopelados! I am very excited to be there representing Mexican alternative pop. Miami is the first date on my US tour, so it is going to be a good beginning.
Details: 7 p.m. at North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; Tickets: $20 / $25 door