Q&A: Raquel Divar

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How did you come up with your artist name?
It’s my name minus a syllable.

How would you describe your sound?
Bossy lyrical hip-hop with big electronic beats.

Raquel Divar

When did you first become interested in playing music?
I grew up around a lot of hip-hop with an older brother who was a scratch DJ, so I’ve been interested in music from the time I was 6 or 7.

What are you listening to these days?
Qing Qui, Cardi B, Lady Leshurr, AJ Tracey

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
Slims. Monarch. The Fillmore.

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
Montera beach. It’s just over the 1 from Pacifica and it’s one of the nicest beaches in the bay, so close to SF so it’s a really easy day trip get away.

What inspires you to write?
I’ve always been a natural at writing lyrics. It’s something I’ve always done since I was a young girl.

What’s your favorite neighborhood in the city and why?
Excelsior district and the outer mission. I basically grew up in the area. I used to take the bus from Daly City Bart to my elementary school that was right down the street from Balboa high. I love the area, it’s a part of me.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I’m a huge fan of the show Survivor. A lot of people think it’s lame but I love it.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
My new music video “Runners Anthem.”

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.