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Meet Liliana Pardo of Illsamar in Covina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liliana Pardo.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Liliana. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started making music in 2010 as a co-front in a fusion band. When the band fell apart, I decided to continue writing and making solo music. When I was a teen, I use to write poetry so when I had another opportunity to write again, I didn’t want to stop. I do my best to inspire and speak on true life events that will hopefully encourage others. I have battled with depression and suicidal thoughts, and I have a friend who is very close to me that has actually tried committing suicide so a lot of my music speaks on mental health. I also speak on what it is like to be an immigrant in the United States, I was born in Mexico and came to the states at a very young age.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
With most women in Hip-Hop, I share the challenge of wanting to be acknowledged as an emcee and not just a female emcee. We do work on our craft and most of the time we get throw in the “She’s good for a female.”

Please tell us about Illsamar.
I am a rapper/Hip-Hop artist based out of Covina, CA. I mostly known for my spoken word piece “Foreign.”

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would be more mindful of quality in releases. Only release music that I feel are great. I have learned that If I don’t listen to my own music how can I expect others to do the same? I would be more mindful about pay to play shows. I have invested too much money and shows that did not offer any return. Instead, grow a fan base organically.

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Amalia Sepulveda

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