Fabian Solis
Nicolas Lara. Credit: Fabian Solis

I have attended a lot of backyard shows in the Coachella Valley—and I have often seen (and shared) bills with Marni’s name on it. Nicolas Lara is the brainchild behind Marni, and has released many songs over the years—check out his stacked BandCamp page, alaraa.bandcamp.com/music. He just released a new song, “Boozer” which fits right in with the rest of his somber, acoustic-folk music. Learn more at www.facebook.com/Marnimusicc. Lara is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are his answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

I saw the band Tinariwen at Coachella fest some years back. They were amazing.

What was the first album you owned?

A Bob Dylan greatest-hits CD my mom got me from a Target. Still have it.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Right now, too many, but I usually rotate between (Sandy) Alex G, Protomartyr, Big Thief and Superchunk.

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

This is a tough one. I guess maybe country, or today’s country, which really isn’t country. Either that, or anything that plays on the radio.

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

Wow, tough one again. I think either Kurt Cobain or Townes Van Zandt. I’ll probably go with TVZ; It would be amazing to sit in an old dive bar and hear him play while I cry and drink beer and whiskey.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I think Katy Perry has some bops for sure, or Hannah Montana. Either one gets me hyped, and I don’t know why.

What’s your favorite music venue?

I love Bart Lounge in Cathedral City, and The Alibi in Palm Springs is great. If we’re talking about other places, I like the Fonda in LA, and Che Café in San Diego—both amazing places to watch live music.

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

“I did exist, I did / I was here, I am,” “Worm in Heaven,” by Protomartyr.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Bob Dylan, Title Fight and Jimi Hendrix. I’m sorry I can’t pick just one. They all taught me how to be honest and write music from your heart. They all helped, and continue to help, me with difficult times in my life.

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

I’m asking Frank Ocean when we can make a song together. Or can we hang out?

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Sligo River Blues” by John Fahey.

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

Blonde, Frank Ocean.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Everyone should listen to my new single, “Boozer.” (Scroll down to hear it!)


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...