Cara Quici

Corpus Christi, Texas native and current Los Angeles resident, quickly up and coming pop artist Cara Quici has already  accomplished something most of us can only dream of: her single, “Fight” – a strong, feminine take on the legendary Beastie Boys hit “Fight For Your Right (To Party)” – was personally approved by Rick Rubin and The Beastie Boys. There’s no arguing about this – that’s. Friggin’. Awesome.

CaraQuici 563364_10151109237225225_2002049382_n“Fight” is also Quici’s first music video, and with over a million views on YouTube already, it certainly ain’t a bad start. If you haven’t seen and heard this tune in action, click to now. While you’re there, check out one of Cara’s 14 other high selling singles on iTunes – it’s hard to believe, the “Fight” singer is just beginning. There’s still much more to dive into, so read on for all the answers to the XXQs below.

XXQs: Cara Quici (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?

Cara Quici (CQ): My sound is diverse.  It ranges from pop, to dance, to ballads, to rock.  When I write, it depends on what’s going on in my life at that time, so it could really be any type of music I create, depending on my mood or my message for the album.  I believe my diversity is what makes me unique and separates me from others.

PEV: Calling Corpus Christi, Texas home, what kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

CQ: Believe it or not, growing up, I listened to rock and heavy metal, because of my parents!  Yes, I remember my first concert, because it really inspired me!  It was Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, which my parents brought my brothers and I to, at a very young age.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started? What was your first show like?

CQ: The music business is tough and one of the hardest industries to break into. You have to stay positive and keep believing in yourself, no matter what.  My first show was insane!  It was to benefit the Humane Society, and the venue in New York City was over capacity.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Cara Quici show?

CQ: A ton of fun, attitude and movement!

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

CQ: The struggle is worth it, and it all leads up to that moment, which means everything.

PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?

CQ: Expressing myself, while people are relating to the stories I am singing, and everyone joining in together.

PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?

CQ: Breaking down walls!

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out, do you ever look back on your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

CaraQuici 1462881_10152016143535225_1795722187_nCQ: Oh yes, all the time!  It’s what has made me who I am today.  I’ve also learned and experienced so much, and I’m that much stronger and ready to take on the world!

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?

CQ: I play the flute!

PEV: After all these years being in front of the camera, do you still get nervous?

CQ: Not if it’s pre-taped, but I am still getting used to live TV.

PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?

CaraQuici 996978_10152090194550225_1537206138_nCQ: It’s all about social media now, and being able to talk with my fans one on one through twitter and other outlets, brings me great joy!  I would not be here if it wasn’t for my fans, who call themselves #Carers, so establishing that line of communication with them has been a dream!  I am so thankful for the #Carers and I love them.

PEV: What can fans expect from your new single, “Fight”? 

CQ: It was so much fun and I recorded it in a basement, which set the mood.  It was a very natural and raw experience.  ‘Fight’ is all about getting what you want out of life, never taking no for an answer, reaching for your dreams, and having fun while you’re at it!  I can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it and ‘Fight’ for whatever it is they want in their lives by rocking out to it!

PEV: Between modeling, acting and singing, you’ve traveled all over the globe. Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

CQ: I’ve been to China, but I want to go back to perform…I love China and it’s culture, so I’m looking forward to taking the stage there.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

CQ: They are very supportive!

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from working in the entertainment business?

CQ: Hanging with my 7 year old niece.  I am her God mother.

396880_10151109237105225_1049651995_nCaraQuici PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?

CQ: Justin Timberlake.  He is so well rounded as an artist and an inspiration.  And of course, the legend, Michael Jackson!

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

CQ: There is a lot of talent out there; too many artists to name!

PEV: If music and acting wasn’t your life, what would you think about doing for a career?

CQ: Public service and philanthropy are major passions of mine, because I believe we should all do what we can to help others.  When you can help shape laws and be there for the people, well, I am very passionate about that.

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