Ximena Sariñana: An Indie-Pop Star In Mexico, Anonymous In L.A.
Ximena Sariñana grew up a child star acting on popular telenovelas in her native Mexico. She then moved to film, followed by a stint at Berklee College of Music. At 25, she's an indie-pop star living fairly anonymously in a new country.
The bilingual Sariñana moved from Mexico City to L.A. this year after recording her self-titled second album (and English-language debut), which came out in August. Eschewing Echo Park -- where she earned indie cred recording with the likes of TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and her ex-boyfriend, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta -- she found a place in Studio City. Living on her own for the first time, she prefers "learning how to be a grown-up" to hitting the bars.
In Mexico, however, she's something of a household name. Her 2008 debut, Mediocre, hit No. 2 on the Mexican charts, selling more than 100,000 copies and earning her two Latin Grammy nominations. So when the American arm of her Warner Mexico label asked her to do an English-language album, she leapt at the opportunity, though she was quickly humbled.
"[Here] I don't have anyone to set up my gear onstage. I'm riding in cramped vans," she says.
That might not last long: Sariñana's new record earned her four stars from Rolling Stone and a performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. This month, she'll embark on her first headlining U.S. tour, during which she'll do a "Morning Becomes Eclectic" set on Nov. 2.