Interview: Nina Diaz from Girl in a Coma
Posted by Jessica Hollenbach on September 13, 2010
The all female punk band,
Girl in a Coma have been criss-crossing the country on tour with various
artist including Cyndi Lauper and Train. Hailing from San Antonio,
Texas lead singer Nina Diaz took the time to talk to the Hot Zone
about their first headlining tour, working with Joan Jett and making
it in the male dominate music industry. Check out the interview below
and don’t forget to catch them on tour in a city near you.
For those unfamiliar with
Girl in a Coma can you give us some background on the band?
It’s three girls and we’ve been together for about 10
years. After a couple of months we did our first show and a few years
after that we started touring. We are signed to Blackheart Records
and have two albums out.
How did you come up with
the band name Girl in a Coma?
Its from a song called “Girlfriend in a Coma” by “The
You are in the middle of
your first headlining tour, how has that been going?
It’s great we started with Agent Ribbons & Gringo Star and
now we are out with Hacienda and Sick of Sarah. Its going great!
What has been the best
part of the tour so far?
Getting to tour with the new bands and seeing all the new faces in
You have a new album coming
out in October, New Adventures in Coverland can you tell us a little
more about that?
Yeah it’s a side project something to put out for the fans while
we wait for the third album to be put out. We decided to do some covers
to show some of our influences and we narrowed it down to things we
thought we could actually pull off. We added three other songs, we
actually did another cover, a new acoustic version of our of our old
songs and we actually had the privilege of a writing a song for Robert
Rodriguez’s new movie, Machete.
The title of your most
recent album, Trio B.C. is a tribute to your Grandfather can you elaborate
Yeah when my Grandfather was younger he was a musician and he had
a band called Trio B.C., we still don’t know what the B.C. stands
for. He played accordion, guitar and drums it’s just our way
of remembering him.
You were discovered and
signed by Joan Jett when you performing were performing in NYC, what
has it been like to work with such a female music icon?
It’s been great especially because of all she’s done.
She instantly took a chance on us because when we played that show
in New York there was about five people there. She saw the potential
and took a chance on us and offered us a contract and we began from
there. She’s a huge support and we have complete musical freedom.
“Joanie in the City”
actually features Joan Jetton it and it is about the being a woman
in the industry. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges
faces females trying to make it in music?
Well when you get to the venue the first thing you get is ‘what
band member is your boyfriend?’ and then when we get on stage
they expect us to be all bitchy and not know how to play our instruments.
We are not feminist, not all girl power or anything. We’re just
musicians it shouldn’t be about gender, it’s art. People
not taking us seriously but by the end of the show I think we prove
What advice would you give
to an aspiring female artist?
Don’t let it get you down and don’t feel that you have
to be a certain way. Because everyone thinks you have to look a certain
way, be “hot” or whatever to be in a girl band. You don’t
have to look like anything as long as you are happy with what you
are playing. If you are comfortable in your own skin is the main thing.
Don’t let any one tell you to do any thing you are not comfortable
That’s great advice.
So who do you consider some of your top musical influences?
I have really gotten into Jeff Buckley, I’m almost obsessed
with him. The other girls are worried about me because I am convinced
we are going to get married some day. Bjork is a big influence and
Do you have a dream collaboration?
Mike Patton, definitely
Anything else in store
for Girl in a Coma this year?
We are going to keep touring and start working on the third album
and hopefully have something new for everybody next year.