If you’ve been to one of the backyard shows that take place behind the scenes in our valley, you may have come across Koka. In the likely event that you have not … the band’s unique brand of indie music has garnered the group tens of thousands of streams on SoundCloud, and Koka has made every show a packed-house sing-along. At the microphone is Edith Aldaz, whose great voice and catchy melodies have taken the band to the next level. Here are her answers to The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

The first-ever concert I went to was a One Direction concert my freshman year. After that, I stopped going to those types of concerts, and started going to more shows/festivals with multiple random artists.

What was the first album you owned?

One of the first albums I bought physically was Vampire Weekend’s Contra.

What bands are you listening to right now?

SIN 34, Willie Bobo, Astrud Gilberto and Sharon Van Etten.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Hobo Johnson. No explanation. Just Hobo Johnson.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I’d like to see Tame Impala, The Strokes and Astrud Gilberto. The Strokes, because they are my first favorite band, ever since middle school. I found out about Astrud a few months before leaving to college in Pasadena, and I still haven’t been able to put her music down. Usually, I go through phases with artists and stop listening to them after a couple of months, but not with Astrud. Tame Impala doesn’t really need an explanation.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Singing in an “operatic” voice. I love seeing how high and clear I can hit notes. I definitely annoy my parents when doing this randomly around the house.

What’s your favorite music venue?

The Smell in Los Angeles. I feel like I have some sort of connection with that venue and the people who go there. When I lived in Pasadena, I would go every other weekend to make friends, and I did! It is so easy there: There’s a whole community of kids who come together to share something that they love and forget anything that was bothering them before. Everyone is so kind there. If someone falls in the pit, everyone stops and reaches out to help them. Everyone knows everyone there, and they love bringing in new people.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“I don’t think you understand! There’s nowhere left to turn. The walls keep breaking. Time is like a leaf in the wind. Either it’s time well spent, or time I’ve wasted,” “Telescope,” Cage the Elephant.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

The most recent artist that has affected me is Astrud Gilberto. She’s affected me vocally, because I love the little melodies that she is able to come up with. Because of Astrud, I found other artists that I love like Stan Getz, Luiz Bonfá and João Gilberto.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would probably just say hi to Astrud Gilberto.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“India” by Luiz Bonfá.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

One of my favorite albums of all time is Portamento by The Drums.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Enchanted Mirror” by Luiz Bonfá. (Scroll down to hear it!)

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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...