HPMA Showcase Spotlight: La Sien, "Passionate Powerful Spanish Pop-Rock"

In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and ticket information at HPMusicAwards.com, and watch Twitter (@hprocksoff) every day until the showcase for your chance to win tickets.

To which member are we speaking? What are you nominated for? This is Fabricio (vocalist). We've been nomitated in the "Best Latin" category.

Please list all of your regular band members and what instruments they play. Fabricio Ycaza (me), main vocals/rhythm guitar; Dave Garza, bass; Erol Kuscu, lead guitar; Carlos Bernal, drums.

Describe your band in four to seven words. Passionate powerful Spanish pop-rock.

Who is your single biggest musical influence and why? Personally, it would have to be my dad, he was in a band in the '70s and he continues to play and sing today much better than me.

What recordings do you have readily available? We released a single CD in 2009 with two songs, followed by a seven-song CD in November 2012, which is available in some local stores. We are currently recording and releasing tracks periodically to test new ways of distributing our music. You can get them all at our Web site, lasien.com, and at many major distribution services like Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, etc.

Have you ever been HPMA-nominated before? When and what for? This is the third year in a row we have been nominated for Best Latin.

Where and how often do you perform (publicly) around Houston? We usually perform in Houston twice a month and we try to visit Dallas, San Antonio and Austin once a month in rotation.

What is the next step for your band? More content, more shows and reaching out to other cities and their Latin acts.

Finish this sentence: "Houston music is..." Houston music is worth a spot in your playlist.

La Sien's HPMA showcase spot is 6 p.m. Sunday, August 4, at Ben's Beans, 1302 Dallas. See more about the band at lasien.com and facebook.com/lasienband.

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