Simone Cazares, a junior at St. Paul Conservatory For Performing Artists, is a graduate of both ThreeSixty Journalism camps. A musician herself, Simone has interviewed Zach Sobiech, Lydia Hoglund of Bomba de Luz for ThreeSixty and wrote an extensive piece on music piracy for ThreeSixty’s “Technology Issue.” Originally from Miami, Simone survives the cruel Minnesota winters by immersing herself in the Twin Cities’ incredible local music scene.
Favorite author: Matt de la Pena
Favorite musician(s): Atlantis Quartet, Billie Holiday, Bomba de Luz, Bryan Nichols Quintet, Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps, Chris Bates Red 5, Ella Fitzgerald, The Jana Nyberg Group, Jeremy Messersmith, John Mark Nelson, John Pizzareli, Kenny Burrell, Lucy Michelle & The Velvet Lapelles, Todd Clouser`s A Love Electric — I could seriously go on and on.
Favorite movie(s): Harry Potter — all the way
Favorite places/things to do in the Twin Cities: My favorite thing to do in downtown St. Paul is to buy a ton of candy from Candy Land and then go see a local band preform at the Artists’ Quarter.
If you could interview anyone (living) who would it be? Definitely Andrea Swensson from The Current, because I think she has the coolest job ever and I`d love to find out more about what she does and what she did to get there.
What do you like about writing? I like being able to express myself and share my thoughts and ideas with people I would have not otherwise have been able to.
What issues are important to you? Marriage equality, illegal immigration and students who have been/are being left behind in school.
What is your ideal future career? I would love to be a music journalist and cover all local Twin Cities music.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? New York. I love big cities, and I always wanted to go there and see what it`s like.
What are your special talents? Playing guitar, writing and public speaking.
What do you do when you’re not at school? I love reading, writing, playing guitar, biking and seeing local music shows.
What else do you think people should know about you? I`m probably one of the biggest music geeks you`ll ever meet. I love music. Seriously.