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. As the lead singer of Los Abandoned, she planted the seeds for what blossomed into the current new wave of U.S. Latin Alternative sounds. On her own, María del Pilar draws on her experiences as an immigrant Latina to create infectious, hook-driven sounds like we first heard on her 2015 album Songs + Canciones I; where the single "En el Dancefloor" made it on Mexico's top 10. A highly awaited follow up is due out in 2018.
The new record, which enlists Filip Nikolic of Poolside for production duties, is a sonically lush tropical playground. María Del Pilar’s effervescent songwriting shines
alongside her friends invited to collaborate, like members of No Doubt, Fitz+Tantrums, Las Cafeteras, and Chicano Batman.
In between finishing 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 collaborating live on the road with Chicano Batman, Las Cafeteras and Francisca Valenzuela. This past summer, María del Pilar also shared the stage with former labelmates Tegan & Sara, as she rocked out on the double synth keyboards. In the winter, Tune-Yards invited her to sing backup vocals for their TV performance on Conan. This spring, Bird and the Bee’s Inara George asked Maria del Pilar to translate her single “Release Me” into Spanish, bringing back the lost art of translating songs.
Starz TV network's new Latinx drama “Vida”, currently uses Maria del Pilar’s latest buzz single “Se Me Hace Más” for their promotional trailer. Creating the soundtrack to the show’s vision of strong female characters in East LA, living a bilingual life.
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.