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Today we’d like to introduce you to Tatiana Crespo.

Tatiana, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Costa Rica, but in 2006, my mother and I moved to Traverse City, Michigan, which is where I spent the second half of my life. Ten or so years later, we ended up coming to Arizona so I could finish my BA at ASU (and to run away from the cold.) I was very much drawn to the vibrant Hispanic community of Phoenix and wanted to make music that was both in English and Spanish, and to be able to sing it to an audience that could understand my words.

Well, all I had to do was move here to flourish with my music. I was soon enveloped and encouraged by the vibrant music scene here and started collaborating with musicians. I developed my own solo sound and became a part of Las Chollas Peligrosas and La Luz De La Luna, with whom I have gigged all over Phoenix. My accordion, my guitar, and most recently, my cuatro, have been my loyal companions through all my adventures.

I am in the process or recording for these projects and very much look forward to where my passion for music will take me.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
While finishing my Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Arts at ASU, I was asked to write a manifesto. I vowed to create music that was bilingual so that it could reach a wider audience and connect with the Chicano culture so vibrant in AZ. I didn’t realize at the time that this manifesto would become part of my mission as an artist. I have many musical influences like reaggeton, cumbia, boleros, hip hop, jazz and even a little Brazilian influence too.

In my solo project and with Las Chollas Peligrosas, I aim to write music that has a sense of cultural pride and affirms my existence as a Hispanic immigrant. I want to be a voice for those who cannot express themselves or perhaps are afraid to affirm their existence because of their migration status. I aim to touch on subjects that might be uncomfortable to talk about. Things like immigrant rights, human rights, while at the same time singing with the full range of human emotions.

Through my accordion and my guitar, my songs and my silly jokes, I hope to make people laugh, but also make them think a little deeper about their purpose in this magical Earth.

The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
I would like to say to all the artists out there who have full-time jobs and part-time jobs, and families to support, who still make time to make music and to dedicate their life to their craft: you are valid. The struggle is worth it. Your passion is inspiring and does make a beautiful impact on the world.

As artists, we tend to be really hard on ourselves, I myself have thoughts sometimes that I am not doing enough. But every little step counts. Make time for yourself too, take care of your heart, and treat your art like the precious child of your devotion that it is.

As far as money goes, don’t be afraid to ask for support, if people love and appreciate what you do, they will give what they can. I also discovered that I can finance my equipment wishlist online! So with a little planning and budgeting, we can make our gear dreams come true too!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Right now I am in the process of writing more material as well as recording my songs. You can support me by checking out my videos on youtube (Tatiana Crespo Arte)
https://www.youtube.com/user/thespoofofablackcat

following me on Instagram @taticrespoarte and checking out my Facebook artist page -Tatiana Crespo Arte.

Also feel free to email me for bookings and to be added to my email list so you know when to expect my new projects taticrespogran@gmail.com

Also check out Las Chollas Peligrosas on Facebook for more information on our upcoming gigs.

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Image Credit:
Joszua Martinez
Elaine Thomas
Bill Goodman
Linda Santellanas
La Luz De La Luna

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