Name: Javi Garcia
Age: 29
Occupation: Musician | Singer | Songwriter
Born: Weslaco, TX
Lives: New Braunfels, Texas (for the last 3 years)
Band: The Cold Cold Ground (named after a Tom Waits song) is Chris Compton | Drums & Greg Paul | Bass Guitar

When did you start playing music?
I started playing music in Jr. High. I was given a guitar for Christmas one year...and never really put it down. Some would say that might have been the beginning of the end. I started writing songs in college. But really didn't start writing songs until about 4 or 5 years ago...it takes some time...many songwriters don't realize that.

What instruments do you play?
I play lead/rhythm guitar and harmonica...and sing. I am capable of playing other instruments, but nothing really worth mentioning nor bragging about. I do what's needed...

How would you describe your sound?
I would say we are a modern day...modern due to our age...rock & roll band. Like in the 1960's when blues mixed with country and folk music - when Dylan went electric...having the ability to mix all genres with an overcoat of "I don't give a f**k what you think about me" attitude. It's not arrogance. It's just that we are doing exactly what we want to do in the manner we want to do it. No time to concern ourselves with bitter people.

What are your songs about?
It's a blend of things...murder, love, hate, life, hope, carelessness and me.

Who/what has influenced your music the most?
I'd have to say my surroundings. The people that are close to me...the people that aren't. This city. The situations it puts me in and the situations I put myself in; due to a subconscious need to sabotage myself.

What's the best compliment you have ever received?
When people tell me that they have connected with the music in some sort of way...good or bad...and especially when they don't have to say anything at all....when you can see that the music physically moves them...good or bad. Whether they get up and yell "F****CK YEAH!" or whisper "this sucks" and get up and leave...

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Pissing yourself when drunk is always a good time.

What has been your best gig so far?
We just threw an event called The Rock and Roll Circus...that was a good time. I was able to round up some of my favorite local artists to share the bill with us.

What is the most hole-in-the-wall place you have played?
Maybe my first gig. It was in between my hometown and the neighboring city. It was a real shit hole. And I don't think anyone knew what I was saying due to the fact that they couldn't speak English...I almost got stabbed in the restroom by a guy...first, he pulled a knife out on me, then he started crying and gave me a hug....

What's on your bucket list?
Not being poor...I'd be happy with middle class...

Where is the one place you want to play more than any other?
I would like to play a place where there are thousands of people who came just to see us...I mean, that's what it's all about right? The connection? Maybe not...maybe it's the money (laughing).

If you had to listen to one album the rest of your life, what would it be?
A Southern Horror by Javi Garcia (kidding)... maybe, Exile?

Pre-show rituals or superstitions?
Lots of superstitions...but not preshow...I was once baptized as a Catholic...so yes.

What is your favorite meal?
A warm one.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
With my new family.

How will you know when you have made it to where you want to be?
When I'm ready to die...not there yet...

If you weren't making music, what would you be doing?
Making bacon (laughing).

Which one of your songs means the most to you and why?
The ones no one will ever hear...

What's coming up next for you?
We are heading to the studio this week to record a few tracks...including a Christmas song I wrote last year that we will be releasing this year as a free track...consider it my Christmas gift to all who want it. Other than that, I will be releasing 2 records next year... 3 actually, if all goes to plan. Just finished illustrating a book...who knows what this next year will bring? Whatever it is, I am ready for it.

Where can we find your music?
www.thecoldcoldground.com, iTunes, Lone Star Music, Napster, Amazon, CDbaby, etc.

Shout outs:
Thank you New Braunfels for providing me with the perfect backdrop...people, places, and situations that keep the rusty wheels in my mind turning.