ABOUT MARIA DEL PILAR
"Song + Canciones II will be a true marker in Maria Del Pilar’s career.
She’s unapologetically embraced her ability to craft great pop earwigs y va con todo!"
"She sounds like a Latin-influenced Bjork."
— LA Record
"María Del Pilar...is one of the most important voices in the Latin alternative music scene in the United States."
— CNN Español
"She helps anchor Los Angeles' Latin alternative music scene."
— LA Weekly
"There's a lot more out there than Shakira + JLo...María Del Pilar's Songs + Canciones, her latest, showcases Del Pilar's various influences and quirky pop stylings, the kind that would make David Byrne proud."
"A marvelous songwriter that we should not let slip through our hands."
- Rolling Stone Chile
Equal parts pop-lover and punk-rocker, María del Pilar mixes her DIY Riot Grrrl roots and penchant for bilingual lyrics to create melodic, sweet, and tough-as-nails pop anthems that rock.
From the Andes Mountains to the San Fernando Valley, María del Pilar is no stranger to singing across borders. Born in Chile, she grew quick roots in Los Angeles and became an integral part of the city's musical fabric (and the Latin Alternative scene) with her rock band Los Abandoned, that journalist Gustavo Arellano once said "reflected the post-modern Latino experience better than any band ever." And Pilar has far from stopped.
In 2015, María del Pilar released her deluxe edition solo album, Songs + Canciones I, which left the world swooning at her flavor for pop hooks that maintain the roughness of her rock roots. The album combines her debut EP from 2009 and her first full-length from 2013. The lead single "En El Dancefloor" skyrocketed to the top of the Mexican radio charts and led to a stellar performance at the notorious Vive Latino as well as a memorable performance in Mexico City's Zócalo- the prestigious venue that's hosted the likes of Roger Waters and Radiohead.
Songs + Canciones II, released on February 1, 2019 marks the beginning of a new journey for the artist. Produced with Filip Nikolic of Poolside, this new album is a sonically lush tropical playground. Pilar’s effervescent songwriting shines alongside her friends invited to collaborate, members of No Doubt, Fitz+Tantrums, Las Cafeteras, and Chicano Batman.
Advance singles from the album - “Original Dreamers” was featured in the LA Times, “Waiting on the Boys” has received multiple radio plays on KCRW and Reactor FM, and Remezcla has featured all 3 advanced singles, including “Milagrito.” Spotify playlists include Vibra Tropical, LatinX Indie, Latinos Unidos, Distrito Indie, and more. While finishing up her new album and a string of show dates that included KCRW’s Nights at the Hammer Museum with Amber Mark, María del Pilar has been on the road and in the studio collaborating with an array of talented musicians. She's shared the stage with Chicano Batman, Francisca Valenzuela, and Tegan & Sara. She also recently appeared on Conan with Tune-Yards as a backup vocalist. And, Bird and the Bee's Inara George asked María del Pilar to translate her single “Release Me” into Spanish, bringing back the lost art of translating songs.
Pilar's cred doesn't stop at the stage - her sounds have found their place on screen as well. Her buzz single "Se Me Hace Más" was included in Season 1 of the new Starz drama "Vida." And, in Season 2, she will be making her on-screen live performance debut as herself. "Santiago of the Seas," Nickelodeon’s new bilingual show, features original songs written by Pilar.
With chart-topping singles, prime TV placements, international festival appearances, and a border-hopping, barrier-breaking word-of-mouth buzz, María del Pilar continues to carry the torch in the U.S. Latino bilingual movement.