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Best of the Listening Room | Meet Covi Quintana

Best of the Listening Room | Meet Covi Quintana
ArtistsMay 24, 2021

Our Best of the Listening Room series highlights standout performances that have blown away audiences around the world. Find the videos on our YouTube channel and learn more about the artists, their work, and their music journey, here on the Sofar blog. This week we spoke to Covi Quintana, a singer-songwriter from the Dominican Republic known for her hit single “Café de las Ocho”. Learn more about her music journey in the interview below!

Can you name a moment that you realized how important music is to you? How did that moment shape your transition into a music career?

I think music has always been in my blood. You know when your favorite toys are mics and instruments. Every time I listened to music I felt alive and happy.

I still remember the day when I wrote something in my notebook for the first time… I didn’t consider any of my writings “songs” at that moment, but the fact that those stories came out so easily and straightforward, gave me to understand that I had something in me. It was like the words had a life of their own and they wanted to tell their story no matter what.  

Also, the melodies in my head were unstoppable and I remember feeling my heartbeat so intense, it was like a 5-year-old skipping at the park. That day I knew that music was everything to me.  

From that moment on, I spend every day and every night… including school time, please don’t tell my mom (laughs), listening to music, learning (I learned to play guitar using the internet, lacuerda.net), writing… until I released my first album "Imagination" in 2012. I think music has always been in my blood... you know when your favorite toys are mics and instruments. Every time I listened to music I felt alive and happy.

I still remember the day when I wrote something in my notebook for the first time — I didn’t consider any of my writings “songs” at that moment, but the fact that those stories came out so easily and straightforward, gave me to understand that I had something in me. It was like the words had a life of their own and they wanted to tell their story no matter what.

Also, the melodies in my head were unstoppable… and I remember feeling my heartbeat so intense, it was like a 5-year-old skipping at the park. That day I knew that music was everything to me.

From that moment on, I spend every day and every night… including school time, please don’t tell my mom (laughs), listening to music, learning (I learned to play guitar using the internet, lacuerda.net), writing, etc — until I released my first album "Imagination" in 2012.

Are there any specific albums that have had a big influence on your music career and style?

I grew up listening to Spanish music and remember spending all summers in Spain listening to Alejandro Sanz, Ella Baila Sola, Melendi. That definitively influenced who I am today, as an artist and as a musician.

Later in life, I became a fan of Anglo- American music — Little Voice by Sara Bareilles, Room for Squares by John Mayer — that mix of rhythms opened up a world of possibilities in my music, both when composing and producing my songs. At the end of the day, I like to absorb music no matter where it comes from, as long as it's honest and touches my soul.

What are you working on right now?

I'm working on my new album — 13 songs that talk about me, about you, about all of us, that reflect exactly who I am as an artist and singer-songwriter. This album is the result of living inside the songs, not just writing them in a piece of paper. Also, it reminds me that our goal as humans is to be better than yesterday, not to be better than someone else.

Each one of the songs in the album reminds me that every time I am telling something about myself, I am really telling something about the people listening to my songs.

Dream collaboration and why?

It would be amazing and breathtaking to someday have a collaboration with Alejandro Sanz, Sarah Bareilles, Vanesa Martín, Taylor Swift, James Bay — my list could keep going. Their music has substantially influenced my musical growth. I see all of their careers as role models.

How has your music career changed since the start of COVID-19?

It has changed, a lot, but for the better, I believe. That pause that life gave us, gave me the opportunity to appreciate everything I have accomplished over the pasts years, to see how fragile life really is, to grow as a human being, and really focus on the music that speaks to me (a lot of great songs came to life during this time). 

 I took the opportunity to start my new album, to get closer to my fans, and to keep making music that connects with people all around the world. 

If you could play a Sofar show anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you want it to be?

It would be very cool to perform in a country where no one understands my language! Music breaks boundaries and it’s amazing how it makes you feel despite the language.  

Name a favorite show you’ve been to and a favorite show you’ve played.

I have a lot of favorite shows, but the most recent, that I LOVED, was Vanesa Martín at the WiZink Center Madrid, it was a great concert. My favorite show that I’ve played in, was the last “big” concert I did in my country, before the pandemic on August 10th, 2019 at La Fiesta Theater, Hotel Jaragua. So much fun!

Discover more independent artists like Covi Quintana on our YouTube channel and performing live in the listening room every week.