Singer/songwriter Fernanda Ulibarri, center, takes time to hang with the band at her CD release party at Pins & Needles inside Bedrock Studios music complex in Los Angeles. Also pictured (L-R), Edi Kistler, bass (from Los Liquits); Elizabeth Dominguez, backing vocals; Eugene Toale, saxophone, keyboards, producer of átOma and Tony "Dulce" Reyes, drums. (Photo: Justino Aguila)
Indie artist Fernanda Ulibarri (@Fer_uli) performed at her CD release party as a backdrop of pinball machines lit the room at Pins & Needles inside Bedrock Studios music complex in Echo Park.
After finishing her set from her new album, the Mexican-born Ulibarri took time to talk to Billboard.biz about her career, performing and writing music for her new album, "átOma."
Gil Gastelum, founder of Cosmica Records; Pilar Díaz, recording artist and Gloria Estrada, guitarist of La Santa Cecilia, take a moment to pose in front of Pins & Needles' pinball machines at Bedrock Studios in Echo Park. (Photo: Justino Aguila/Billboard)
"I started writing songs about two years ago after finishing my tour with (Mexican pop singer/songwriter) Julieta Venegas," Ulibarri said. "It's a very personal album in the way I approached it. I didn't write for the sake of writing. I took my time and the songs came to me naturally."
Ulibarri performed several songs (Dec. 7) including "Hoy," "Corro," and "No Es Para Mi."
"Hoy" is about the challenges of living in the moment and that "sometimes you get trapped in the past or the future," Ulibarri said.
Ulibarri has lived in U.S. for the last 12 years and studied Berklee College of Music in Boston where, among other subjects, studied classical composition. She graduated from the school in 2003.
The songstress wants to continue performing by focusing on the U.S. and Mexico City in the upcoming year.
During Ulibarri's party, which was hosted by rapper Malverde, others also contributed to the night's music by performing including Las Cafeteras (@lascafeteras), Pilar Díaz (@pilardiazmusic) and DJ Santi (@djsanti).