The Voice… and Face… of an Angel… a fitting description for this Lovely Lady of Spain, Yidneth; or, as she is known in real life, Priscilla Hernandez. Yidneth is her project, and she turns out song after song of sweet sounding, mesmerizing, hypnotizing Pop music… and she does it in a way only Yidneth can. I had the chance to talk with her lately and here’s what she had to say….
GOM: Tell us about your project, Yidneth….
Priscilla Hernandez: Yidneth is a comic-project, scripted and illustrated by me. It consists of 74 coloured pages and a bestiary and FAQ to become a RPG, if the need or opportunity ever arises. I’ve been working hard on it during the last two years (in the mid-term breaks from my studies in Biology) and I’m really proud of the story. Basically Yidneth is an adult fairytale; a way to bring back to the eye all that’s been forgotten and now unseen, from ghosts to fairies. It has evolved into a really complex alternative reality. I will try to get it published as soon as I finish it (any interested editors out there? haha!!)
GOM: Now, tell us about the woman, Priscilla Hernández…
Priscilla Hernandez: Me? I am just what you see; nothing more, nothing less. I’m a dreamer but don’t let my dreams rule my fate. I step my own way. I also have a deep sense of justice and honour and even if “retro” I like that joy you get inside when you’re doing something right. I started writing stories and books very young, and then I felt the urge to make illustrations for them. I’m completely addicted to CREATE sensu lato. I need to invent stories, to draw stories, to make music for them. I love cinema and sometimes I visualize all of this like a movie going on in my head; a script/scene/score that I haven’t yet done (okay, well, while messing in the shower like everyone else!) or considered singing since last year when I joined mp3.com. I never expected to get any positive feedback, but it came, it was encouraging, and here I am. I don’t question it, I’m just appreciative of the people that enjoy it. If success comes it is welcome, but if not, it doesn’t stress me. I like to smile as much as possible and drink coffee with my friends. I can really enjoy the simple things in life.
GOM: If you could describe your work in 5 words or less, what would they be?
Priscilla Hernandez: Bitter Spellbinding Side of Fairytales/Fantasy
GOM: Which genre of music you feel more confortable with?
Priscilla Hernandez: lmost everything except Latin. I like Celtic, New Age, Goth New Age, and I even dare to make incursions into Electronica, Pop, and Soft Rock. Generally, I have to feel confortable with the song; genres themselves are sometimes a very subjective way to constrain the definition of a song. Genre, to me, really doesn’t matter if you manage to release your soul and feelings in a song.
GOM: Tell us a little about the Pop scene in Spain and the Canary Islands…
Priscilla Hernandez: Here in the Canary Islands? Absolutely dead! If you’re not into Commercial or Latin or Disco stuff, you don’t have many possibilities of success. If you do composing in other languages that are not Spanish, then you could even be made to feel discriminated against and classified as a weirdo. On the mainland, a few privileged Pop groups, after years of struggling, get a little exposure. However, the overall scene is dominated by TV programs with pop stars in them that the public likes, which is not exactly my idea of getting good artists, just easily marketable singers. Next week I’ll do my best performance on TV, but I’m proud to say that I will defend and sing my OWN stuff.
GOM: Which one of your songs do you regard as you personal favorite and why?
Priscilla Hernandez: As far as lyrics go, maybe Sueño Muerto, because it was written when I was a teenager and because it’s in my native language. If I had to pick one as my overall favourite, I would chose Nothing. The demo I have upped is very badly mastered, and it’s really a very simple song. I end up crying sometimes when singing it. It was conceived as a ghost story, but I think it is more of a sad love song with a spectral kind of spice to it.
GOM: You appear to have a fascination with fairies and the magical; what brought on that interest?
Priscilla Hernandez: Well, I’m a fairytales illustrator, and my comic is based on folklore, myths and legends. My collection of fairytale books and illustrations is HUGE at the moment. Also, my favourite movies are The Dark Crystal and Into The Labyrinth (both very reknowned fantasy movies), and I also started reading fantasy literature at a very early age. I have to say that I’m not Pagan, but I do believe in keeping magic alive by just allowing us to remember it, for example, through the wisdom of a fairytale.
GOM: From your experience, what advice would you have to offer to those who are looking to break in to the limelight in the Pop music scene?
Priscilla Hernandez: Ha!! Can someone please give me some advice? I can say this; trust yourself. Fight and struggle to show you’re different and just do your music from your heart and be faithful to it. Be humble, but trust in the possibilities on the horizon for you. All of this, eventually, will come with persistence.
GOM: Where can the good people reading this interview hear some of your music?
Priscilla Hernandez: My official site is: http://www.yidneth.com You can download and listen to my music at: http://mp3.com/priscilla_hernandez
GOM: Thanks, Pris, for taking time to talk with me…
Priscilla Hernandez: You’re welcome…and thanks to everyone who reads this…you’re all great people!!
The Canary Islands never looked so good!! Go check out this lovely lady’s work…it truly is a thing of beauty.