Girl Ultra Takes Our ‘El Tiny’ Quiz: NPR

“I feel like an instrument becomes like another member of your body,” Girl Ultra’s Mariana de Miguel tells NPR Music about learning the guitar.

Eugenio Schulz


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Eugenio Schulz


“I feel like an instrument becomes like another member of your body,” Girl Ultra’s Mariana de Miguel tells NPR Music about learning the guitar.

Eugenio Schulz

To celebrate Alt.Latino’s “El Tiny” takeover of NPR’s Tiny Desk series, we asked a few of the artists contributing to the performances to complete our “El Tiny” quiz. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Artist name: Ultra Girl

Native country : Mexico

Genre(s): R&B/Soul

Any musician, living or dead, whom you would invite for a cafecito? I like to mix and match certain personalities. And if I did Mexican personalities, I would have a cafecito with Ely Guerra. I feel like she’s such a complete and complex artist. I would like to chat with her. And maybe [someone from Época de Oro], old movies. Maybe Maria Felix or someone complex like that.

An album that always reminds you of your home: An album that still reminds me of my home could sound like any kind of pop radio from the 2000s. Sin Bandera reminds me of my mom playing radio. Or [The Mission: Music From The Motion Picture] by Ennio Morricone. My dad still plays [that] and it always reminds me that he cooks in the morning.

If I weren’t a musician, I would be a ____. I am going to cook. 100%. I would like to have one [bakery]. Like a little [bakery] in the woods. It would be my retirement plan or my plan B.

Dream place to visit: I would like to go to Asia. Maybe on tour in Japan. South Korea. Any place where there are languages ​​I don’t speak. It’s very intriguing for me, getting to know cultures and all these differences.

What are you listening to right now? I listen to Ethel Cain a lot, and in Spanish all I listen to a lot is this friend of mine called Sonic Emerson. It’s a very underground, shoegaze thing.

Is there a part of your creative process—a piece of equipment, a tool, a technique—that you’ve adopted recently? How has this impacted your art? I don’t consider myself a guitarist, but recently I’ve come to know the instrument and incorporated it into my music, my artistic personality, and the show. I started composing, just me and the guitar, from scratch. I feel like an instrument becomes like another member of your body. I just like to feel that, vis-à-vis the guitar, and I understand what that means for me and for the composition.

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