Spanish journalist KIN MOLINA was ready for a career change. Brook from The Daytrippers Team spoke to Molina over a year ago and recalls him saying “My last interview was with Emma Stone, some American girl and I have to keep replaying the interview over and over to understand her accent!” Molina (also known as Joaquin Molina Reina) returned to a career in music (he also occasionally makes time to cook a superb authentic paella for his neighbours!). Authentic, wise and talented are three words to easily describe the hard-working singer and composer whose most recent album does not disappoint. We Are Daytrippers are thankful he took time out for a brief interview:
The Daytrippers Team: Who was your role model or mentor as a child?
Kin Molina: If I had to choose a role model, it would be my mother without any doubt. My father had problems with alcohol and my family (mum, brother and I) dealt with that situation the best way we could. I’m Spanish and during the seventies, when I was a child, it was not very easy for women in my country. My mother was a nurse and she worked very hard for my brother and I to have a decent life. I remember her as a very modern and beautiful woman (she still is!), always happy and in a good mood. She always made the most out of the difficult situation we were living in.
The Daytrippers Team: Who is currently your role model?
Kin Molina: As a journalist I have interviewed many famous people: Francis Ford Coppola, Helen Mirren, Dolce and Gabbana, Tamara Rojo … to name a few. but there was one person that made a very big impression on me; the Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Maathai. She won the Nobel Prize in 2004. A brave woman who dedicated her life to promote the recovery of the forests in Kenya and other countries. She died in 2011. I think she is a role model to follow for the future generations.
In the early 80’s, I worked for a literary magazine in my home city, Málaga. I was also a part time poet and published a few poems. At the same time, I was working in a publishing house called Dador that was dedicated to recovering hidden gems of Spanish and Latin American literature, the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas was among them. We met him in Madrid at the end of the 80’s and I remember him as a person full of life and joy in spite of the hardships he had endured. At that time we met, he was exiled from Miami and unfortunately later died of AIDS. There is a very interesting film about his life called Before Night Falls by Julian Schnabel with Javier Bardem in the role of Reinaldo Arenas.
The Daytrippers Team: What is your creative talent and how do you cultivate it?
Kin Molina: I wrote my first song when I was around 17. It was a very gloomy and gothic song about a plague in a city. During the eighties I was a member of a techno-pop band called Requiem. We played together for five years and after the band split I went solo for a couple of years in a project more similar to electronic cabaret. After that period of my life I moved to Madrid and went into journalism, writing for national magazines. Recently, I returned to music after moving to London and I’m preparing to release an album.
The Daytrippers Team: Have you had any experience with disabled people?
Kin Molina: Yes, I have indeed. My brother contracted polio when he was one year old. It affected his left leg. I am three years younger than him so as far as I can remember my brother has always been dealing with this issue. Until adolescence it was not a big problem. We played together, we went to the beach with my mother, and we did the usual things that boys do. But when he was 13 or 14, everything changed. My brother stopped coming with us to the beach and became more reclusive for a few years. I suppose this was because he was self-conscious, but he did not and does not talk much about that.
The Daytrippers Team: Who and what motivates and inspires you to be creative?
Kin Molina: Films, Art, Life. I love Nina Simone, Marianne Faithfull, Nico, Kate Bush, Diamanda Galás, The Associates, David Bowie, Scott Walker, Brian Eno, Nick Cave, Kurt Weill … the list can go on. If I have to choose one person, without a doubt Marc Almond would be the main source of inspiration in my music.
The Daytrippers Team: Thank you so much Kin Molina for your time.
Connect with Kin Molina: @kin_molina