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Then, of course, the

Then, of course, the Coronado Porch Concert Series was just incredible. That day was really special. The whole neighborhood welcomed us with open arms, and we really felt appreciated by our community. What do you think about the current state of the Phoenix/AZ music scene? Andria: We are blowing up! People have been sleeping on Arizona for a while, but that’s about to change. Honestly, there is just WAY too much talent for it not to happen. I feel like we are on the verge of something big happening. Not even kidding, like a Seattle in the ’90s situation. Except I don’t think it’s going to be about one genre. We have so many talented bands here that are from different genres but they are all KILLIN’ IT, that I think some real national and international recognition is on the horizon. You can quote me on that (laughs). Tatiana: I think that the music scene here in Phoenix is highly underrated. We have so many wonderful musicians that play all over the Valley. From jazz, to punk, to Latin music, Phoenix offers a great variety of acts every night of the week. I love being a part of the music scene here. How does Phoenix and/or Arizona influence your sound? Andria: It’s been quite a shift in perspective for me since the early days of when I first moved here. I talked a lot of crap about how little of a scene there was, and after a couple of years, I decided to move back to L.A. Funny thing was, it only took a couple of months back in L.A. for me to realize that I was wrong about Phoenix and that there was a cohesiveness that I had just not found anywhere else. Long story short, it took a couple of years for me to get back, but as soon as I did, everything started popping off for me. It hadn’t changed that much, but my perspective had changed. We have an incredible amount of talent in this valley and a thriving cultural scene that has been growing exponentially. This band is a collective of women who have been playing in different bands around the Valley for years. Our city has nurtured our growth and has allowed us to cross paths and converge when it was the right time to happen. Arizona is in all of our hearts. It is a magical place where we were meant to unite for our purpose. Melissa: We all have experience playing with other groups, so we all bring something different to the table. Arizona has so many interesting and diverse groups, and we strive to showcase each lady’s strengths and individuality. Personally, my song choices and compositions are a reflection of the different acts, musicians and venues I encountered in Tucson. Marian: Phoenix is growing rapidly, and people are craving new acts, new music. LCP offers a variety of sounds and textures. I think that’s why we’ve been so successful. Our music can be simple or complex, and I think we take people on a roller coaster of emotions. It is rewarding seeing the people’s expressions as they embark on the Chollas train. Favorite local bands? Who influences you? Andria: That is a really tough question. I don’t even know where to begin. It’s like when people ask what my favorite song is. That’s like asking which limb I like better. I don’t even know where to start. What genre, what period, based on what criteria? (laughs) I’m kind of a music nerd. The Gaines Brothers are mind blowing, as is House of Stairs, Son LED, NDGO Sista, The Geibral Elisha Movement, Treasurefruit, Lowlands, Playboy Manbaby. But seriously, the list could go on and on. 36 JAVA MAGAZINE

As far as influences, of course we are the totality of all we have experienced. My parents were/are musicians who played rock, blues, reggae and a variety of styles. My grandparents were mariachi musicians and were also huge fans of jazz. My brother was a DJ who started out at the beginning of hip hop. I had so many influences growing up. Rachel: This band was formed in the heart of Phoenix with the intention of creating music to bring light to issues involving human rights on all levels—things that affect so many people here. We are the voice of those who are suffering and those fighting every day to rise above and stand strong, despite people trying to knock them down. We are like the cholla cactus we are named after. Our music is our message for all people. When you’re not busy being Las Chollas Peligrosas, what are you doing? Marian: Teaching violin at Pan-American Charter School. Melissa: I am a loan officer for a company in Scottsdale, and I really enjoy helping families obtain home ownership. I also love to play mariachi music, so you might find me learning some traditional tunes on guitar or playing with the all-female Mariachi Rubor. Another job I enjoy doing is tutoring Spanish. I also like to cook, hike, read and travel in Mexico. Andria: Usually playing with PAO and working with another idea for a band or show that will take up all of my time. Rachel: I am a mom of two amazing boys, and I work full time as a stylist at Madison Avenue Salon and Day Spa. Anameike: You’ll find me on the mic in my rock band Treasurefruit or running around planning the next Sidepony Festival in Bisbee. Favorite song of yours to play, and why? Tatiana: My favorite song that we play is “A Medias.” I absolutely love playing cumbia because it gets everybody dancing. It makes me feel like I am the audience and they are the performers. It’s such a fun interaction! Melissa: I enjoy playing all the songs! The two that stick out are “It’s Not For My Life” and “Cuando Vivia.” On the flute, I really like jamming out to Anameike’s “Triple Fates.” Andria: One of the most beautiful things about this band is how unique the songs are that each lady brings to the table. If we are missing just one component, it feels like we are missing a limb. Now that these songs are in the fabric of my being, I would feel a profound loss without any one of them. Rachel: I love playing “Bruja.” Everything about that song and the way the girls play it is amazing. But I do love all of the songs so much. Anameike: One of the songs that drew me to the genre is a cover featured in our set, and it haunts me to this day. It’s called “Toro Mata.” But things get serious when we strike up the cumbia on our original songs like Melissa’s “A Medias.” You can check out Las Chollas Peligrosas at these shows coming up: September 9 - Tempe History Museum September 29 - Yucca Tap Room for Tempe Art A Gogh-Gogh October 21 and 22 - Museum of Northern Arizona October 28 - Apache Lake Music Festival November 11 and 12 - Sidepony Music Festival JAVA 37 MAGAZINE

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