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Why This Girl Is Tough



    You can't help but envy Denisse Salcido, a.k.a. Girl Is Tough, with her Neutrogena skin and perfect bangs. Besides that, her feel-good dance music with a voice sort of reminds me of the supercool '80s trio, Exposé, which is intruiging.

    Girl is Tough is a beatmaker/DJ/singer with a penchant for love songs and dope bass lines. Born in Sonora, Mexico and now living in Los Angeles, Salcido began the project in 2008 with fellow writer and producer, Tö, and has toured all the way to Paris.

    I wanted to know more about the freestyle music-loving, Mexicana and to find out who's really the tough girl:

    Dita Quiñones: Is Girl is Tough a band or solo?
    Denisse Salcido: Girl is Tough is a solo project born. Although the first two EPs were done in collaboration with my friend Tö and we toured together for awhile. We're both now focusing on our music independently.

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    DQ: You're a singer and a DJ. What can we expect from your upcoming show?
    DS: For the show in San Diego, which is mainly a DJ set, I'm preparing what will be a funky night for  all us to dance to. Dope bass lines and groove to the best love songs ever. And yeah, I might be getting on the mic to perform some of my own tracks live.

    DQ: What were the beginnings of G.I.T. like?
    DS: I came up with Girl is Tough and invited my friend Tö to collaborate together. I was always at his place working on his computer, we both making beats, laughing, eating, drinking weird eggnog teas,  playing keys and recording. The whole thing was very raw but we loved what we were listening to – experimenting with synths and softwares was our thing at the time. As soon as we put like five or six tracks together we started touring. We had the best of the times. Yo! And we made it to the Eiffel Tower, Tö!

    DQ: Are you a mom? You often tweet pics of a girl and boy. I guess, because I'm a mom, it felt nice to see kids as a part of the persona.
    DS: When everybody might think 'Girl is Tough' refers to me – I'm actually giving honor to whom honor is due: my daughter.

    DQ: How would you describe your sound?
    DS: I would say my music sounds like Marianne, soil, trees, sun, mangoes, beach, city, desert, vinyl, soul, rain, bedrooms, tears, laughter, family, friends and lovers – just all those places and spaces I've been.

    DQ: What are you most excited about playing in San Diego?
    DS: I performed back in 2010 at Beauty Bar at another Mucho SD party! I'm very excited to be back and hopefully I'll get to see some familiar faces; that always feels good. Can't wait.

    Girl Is Tough performs at Til-Two Club Feb. 7 for Mucho SD's “OK Let's FunK!”

    Dita Quiñones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, FOX News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante.com, and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter.