Xavier Bernazard was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and is a Latinx, non-binary, queer punk rock performer.
Afro-Caribbean music is all around, but he’s also drawn to the burgeoning American music scene and has a classical music background to back him up.
For those who feel their voices aren’t being heard, they hope their music inspires them to experiment with their own identities.
Please join us as we learn more about the band’s background, goals, and new song “Enemy.”
What is your real name?
What’s your official Showbiz name?
Xavi or Xavier Bernazard
How did you get into music?
I’ve always wanted to be a musician since I was little but when I officially started was in my 8th-grade talent show. After graduating high school I did my undergraduate degree in Music Business at Oklahoma State University and later my Master’s at the University of North Texas in Vocal Performance. After graduating in 2019 I decided to pursue a career in popular music.
What field or genre are you into and how would you describe it?
I would say genre-wise it is alternative rock and it’s been described as theatrical queer punk rock music guaranteed to make you sing, cry, laugh, and fall in love with yourself.
What were your first project and the people you worked with and which year?
My first project was my EP “Anastasis” released in October 2021. It was produced & mixed by Nathan McCord and features Adam McGrath on guitar, Mitchel Jantzie on bass, and Wes Dziedzic on keys.
Who or what inspires you or motivates you? And why?
I would say my family inspired me to never lose faith and keep working hard. My friends inspired me to always be my authentic self.
Any models you look up to? With reason(s) why?
My main influence in music would be Evanescence. I love their songwriting and the soundscape that they create. Amy Lee’s voice is one of my favourites on this planet. P!nk her vulnerability in her writing and such a cool raspy voice. Paramore for their edge and again their vulnerability in their writings some of my favourites of them are 26, Last Hope, & All I wanted.
What do you look out for in this line of business?
Always keep an open mind to new opportunities and always be kind and respectful to others.
What are some of the challenges you face in your career path?
As independent artists, we often have many roles other than just being a musician. We are our own manager, PR manager, stylist, booking agent, etc. Juggling all those things can be quite overwhelming at times.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It has made it accessible to all artists, not just labels. All musicians have access to publish their music on streaming platforms, resources to record, etc.
Do you have any advice for aspiring songwriters?
Write, write, & write. Even if you feel like it isn’t good. Try out other mediums such as short stories, poems, etc. Always be true to what you want to express not what you think other people want to hear.
What is your current project about?
Enemy is the lead single for my upcoming album “Balloons For My Funeral”. It speaks about the realization of knowing that the only person holding you back is yourself. You are your own saviour and your own worst enemy.
What are your hobbies?
Video Games, Movies, Anime, Writing, Dancing.
What do you do aside from this profession?
I teach private voice & piano lessons.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
Always be your authentic self and fight for your dreams. Everything is possible if you put in the work.