NEW MUSIC VIDEO "ILEGAL EN ESTYLE" (by Wendy JN Lee/Johannes Gamble/Mariah Garnett, May 2010)
Listening to Pilar Díaz is like listening to the soundtrack of a quinceañera for a punk rock girl. It's music that is at once tough as nails and pretty. She's the only artist we've seen with a video in which she destroys a piñata to a messy pulp while managing to never soil her brightly-colored party dress–an apt visual metaphor for her sound which is insurgent, but with a beat you can dance to.
As the former lead singer of LA's Los Abandoned, she was the voice of the DIY/bilingual youth movement in the United States during the early millennium. Now Díaz has taken her sound to a more personal level with the addition of her beloved ukulele and a prolific ability to spin out intimate pop songs that rock.
Díaz has never allowed her style to be nailed down. Growing up between the Chilean dictatorship, a girl roller skating through Van Nuys, and a teen sneaking in to Hollywood punk clubs, Pilar's musical background is a mash-up of Chilean folklore, California post-punk, art school, and rock and roll. Besides fronting Los Abandoned until she went solo in 2007, Díaz has lent her talents on everything from rock albums to movie soundtracks, commercials and even cartoon vocals for shows like Cartoon Network's Misadventures of Flapjack. More recently she developed a self-titled solo album while working as an artist in residence at Quiksilver's female empowering project, Site LA. The record, produced by Gabrial McNair, long time multi-instrumentalist for No Doubt and Gwen Stefani, has garnered international attention for the single and video "Ilegal En Estyle," with its timely address of the U.S. immigration debate.
The willingness to go where art takes her has given Pilar the opportunity to travel far and wide with her new work. She collaborated on a remix of her song "Piñata" with Camilo Lara, aka Mexican Institute of Sound, and joined Jorge Drexler's "Viva La Canción" event in Madrid where she played alongside groundbreaking Latin American singer-songwriters Gepe, Javiera Mena and Natalia La Fourcade.
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