Latin-alternative singer songwriter De'Anza has been quietly chiseling away in the local Latin music scene. A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, De'Anza journeyed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. After several years of developing her craft and perfecting her skills, De'Anza has finally released her debut EP, Despertar.
Her CD release concert was a meticulously produced event that included: craft beer, artisan vendors, art showcase and a guest DJ set from Ozomatli bassist Wildog Abers. LA Weekly was on hand to cover the stellar performance calling De'Anza, " a force of nature" and later tweeting - "De'Anza is our new Latin-alt crush." Since then, things have begun picking up for the young artist and her buzz has been growing exponentially.
De'Anza caught the ears of Encore Sessions producers and was invited to take part in a special live acoustic taping. The show features artists performing acoustically in various settings around the world. For this particular episode, De'Anza was able to gain access to the iconic record retailer Amoeba Music in Hollywood. This might not sound like a big deal at first, but Amoeba Music is a highly sought after venue with thousands of bands and artists vying for the chance to perform on the legendary stage.
Booking selections are very particular with Latin acts generally under represented and even less for Latina artists. Luckily for De'Anza, Amoeba Music has been a big supporter of her debut and allowed Encore Sessions to film inside the store before business hours. De'Anza performed an acoustic version of her song, "Vueltas" while she and two band members walked through aisles and endless racks of CDs.
Not only is this epic because of the behind-the-scenes access to the famous museum like store, but more so, because no other musician in the history of Amoeba has ever done this. De'Anza is the first, and that alone just might be better than actually performing a traditional in-store on stage.