EXCLUSIVE: Gaby Moreno on "Insidious: Chapter 3" Lullaby, Career Challenges & Aspirations
As part of the marketing campaign for the upcoming "Insidious: Chapter 3," Focus Features brought on musician Gaby Moreno to showcase her voice in a trailer aimed at Latin America audiences.
For Moreno, a Guatemalan artist who has made a number of albums and toured with such bands as Calexico, the task was a rather unusual one.
Moreno recently spoke to Latin Post about the experience of recording music for a film preview as well as her career challenges and goals.
Latin Post: How did you get involved with doing the lullaby for this film?
Gaby Moreno: I got a call to sing it just for the Latin American trailer.
LP: Was that a unique experience?
GM: It was definitely different and it might shock some people. I just wanted to do something that was different. I am not a huge fan of horror films, but I just felt like to do this rendition of this classic Latin American lullaby and put a spin on it would be fun. It is a creepy one and I am hoping that they recognize the voice. And hopefully those that don't know me, learn about me and listen to my other music.
LP: Where do you draw inspiration from to do something like this?
GM: There is a special relationship between the mother and the daughter in the movie and that is why they chose this lullaby to go with it. I was just thinking about my relationship with my mother and how they would sing the song to a child. I wasn't thinking about the horrible images of the trailer. When I was recording it, I was just thinking about the beautiful song.
LP: In terms of your career, how did you realize you wanted to be a musician?
GM: I think since I was very young I knew that it was what I wanted to do. My family was incredibly supportive and when I was 19, I decided to go to Los Angeles and find opportunities.
LP: Do you have musical idols or inspirations?
GM: Jazz artists and soul artists like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, for example. I don't try to imitate their voices because that is impossible. It is more about how they felt the music and the passion they put into it.
LP: What has been the greatest challenge that you have had in your career?
GM: Probably being separated from my family and my home country Guatemala. Leaving at such a young age and going to such a monster of a city and being there on my own. I just found my way, met people that are on the same wave length and it makes it all better. Then 15 years go by and you don't even realize how it all flew by.
I still miss my country and family of course.
LP: What has been your best accomplish in your career thus far?
GM: Every time I go on stage and perform for people or go on a tour. For me that is a huge accomplish. Any time I finish a song, that is the triumph of the human spirit.
LP: What is something you want to accomplish in your career that you have yet to do?
GM: I would love to tour Asia. I have never been there. I would love to grow more as an artist and hope that the creativity keeps flowing. That I can keep growing and reach new audiences.
LP: Do you have any other interests outside of music?
GM: Not so much actually. I live and breathe music 24/7. I do love the outdoors and hiking and even doing yoga. That is what I do when I need to get away from the music.
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