Monday’s Eye Candy- Lisa Abreu!

Q: You represent Miami, especially Hialeah. What do you love most about the City?

Lisa:  I love the heat, the beach, the nightlife, the sexy people but most of all the fact that its home! I love being able to go to the bakery and get myself una Materva con una croqueta!

Q: You have great style, where do you get your fashion sense?

 Lisa: Honestly, I’ve never considered myself to be very fashionable, at all! I like to be comfortable, but I also do enjoy playing dress up once in a while. I’m not the type to layout what I’m going to wear the next day, I never was. I just dress in whatever I feel like wearing that day, depending on my mood. However, I do know what I like and what I don’t like when it comes to fashion, that’s for sure.

Q: As a woman, we always have a signature scent. Mine is ‘Chance’ by Chanel. Which fragrance would you say is yours?

 Lisa:  Mine is definitely J’adore by Dior.

Q: There are many talented artist in Miami, who are you listening to these day?

 Lisa: I definitely am a big supporter of the local music and artist scene here in Miami. I try to stay up to date with everything that is happening in the music scene locally, and support my fellow musicians and friends. On my iPod right now, I have a plethora of artists. Everything from, The Band Perry, to Halestorm.

Q: You are flawless during your shows, what are your regimens before going out on stage?

Lisa:  On a show day, I try to rest as much as I can, and not use my voice too much. I definitely warm up vocally and take some time to myself to focus, and relax. I also like to have a moment with the boys before jumping up there. As cheesy as it may sound, it’s a ritual that makes a difference. Helps all get on the same page.

Q: You know it’s important to always have a piece of home when you’re on the road. What do you take with you to keep you balanced?

Lisa:  My baby pillow! Cannot leave my house without it, always reminds me of home, and my mommy!

Q: You come from a musical background, whom do you say has been your biggest influence in your own music today?

Lisa:  Music has been a part of my life since I can remember. There is not a moment of my life that I can recall where music was not present. I have so many influences growing up, but to name a few that have made a difference in my life would have to be Madonna, Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Myriam Hernandez, Hayley Williams just to name a few. There are so many artists that in so many different ways have influenced me, and have helped me become who I am today on and off the stage.

Q:  You have done back up vocals for some very big names in the Spanish music industry. How was it working with Paulina Rubio, Cristian Castro and Pimpinela?

Lisa:  It was an amazing experience and an honor to be able to share the stage with them. They were all stepping-stones that helped me better understand my craft and grow

Q:  You’re the lead vocalist for, Avenida Zero. The band has been together almost a year, and in a short amount of time you’ve acomplished so much, you were given the opportunity to perform, in the 2011 Warped Tour. Tell me a little bit about that?

Lisa:  When my drummer Gabriel, called me to tell me that we were going to play Warped Tour, at first I honestly couldn’t believe it. I thought it would never happened since our music was in Spanish. It was such a blessing to be a part of  Vans Warped Tour, and play where so many of our influences have been before us. It definitely made the boys and myself, want to work harder. It also helped us realize that nothing is impossible. Limitations are only in our minds, everything and anything is possible if you want it bad enough.

Q: I am a fan of your band, loved you since Tabacoo Road, what’s in the works for Avenida Zero in 2012?

Lisa:  Right now, we are in the studio recording our second EP, which will have some songs in English as well as a couple in Spanish. We are also, going to be filming our first video for Gran Estreno, in both languages. That will be coming out very soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Monday’s Eye Candy- Gabriel Beltran!

The first time I saw this Latin Pop Rock band from Miami was back in August at Tobacco Road, now as a Latina I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t  into Spanish rock, until I came across this band.  If it weren’t for my busy schedule, I would totally be front and center at all their shows in town.  They are just to damn good to miss which brings me to my  2nd choice for this November’s drummer feast ;).  Meet Gabriel Beltran, he’s the spicy drummer for the hot sizzling band from Miami,  AVENIDA ZERO.  Gabriel discovered  the drums at the tender age of 2 … you don’t believe me? See for yourself!

After spending most of his childhood moments making music out of  empty buckets of paint, by the time he reached 14  he was able to get  his hands on his very first real set of drums.  Growing up in the 90’s influence his music taste from Nirvana, to Offspring, to Green Day & then Foo Fighter’s, which set tone for Spanish rock music to enter is life, and being moved by bands such as Manà, 2 Minutos & Soda Stereo.  He later on decided to start his own punk rock band called Area 51, back in his native country of Uruguay, as time progressed so did his passion for music.  At the age of 17,  Gabriel ventured off into Brazilian jazz that lead him to pop rock, and by 22 he made his way into the US setting his eyes on Miami.  This landed  him right where he needed to be, working alongside people in the music industry which paved the way for him to work with talents such as Dulce Maria who performed in ‘Premios Juventud’ 2011.

His skills have allowed him to venture off onto the most important project to date, being the drummer for one of the hottest Spanish bands in Miami. I love a musician that’s well rounded in his craft, heck you have to be if you’re planning on making it in this business.   Please don’t forget to follow Gabriel and his band  AvenidaZeroband on twitter, and also like them on facebook for up coming tours & events.