Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cristina Garcia


Singer/songwriter Cristina Garcia and keyboardist/composer Tony Laurencio formed Miami's electro funk duo Afrobeta in 2006. The group blends late '80s and early '90s freestyle, disco and house with electro accents and bass. 

Beginnings?

I'm an MTV baby. Music and dancing have always been a part of my life. I went to a Cuban-American elementary school, called Conchita Espinosa Academy. It was a performing arts school with music and dance classes. I took piano, ballet, tap, jazz, and even flamenco there!

Influences?

Our music is very inspired from our earliest influences. Tony loves Eddie Van Halen, Bach and Erez Eisen. I love Bj√∂rk, Celia Cruz and Tori Amos. The people and places that inspire our music--our parents, our city, the sound of a cafeteria, and the taste of a croqueta. 

Local bands?

Personally, I have been so inspired by the music scene here. The positive aspect of being a local musician here is that Miami's a small town. If you work hard and gig, you  will get written up in the paper, the college radio will play your songs, people will come to your shows. You'd have to try hard not to be noticed. The local scene is incredibly supportive. Other artists, musicians and dancers will come to each other's shows and are all mutually inspired. 

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