XINA (ZYE-nah) is a Minneapolis-based musician whose expressive abilities observe no boundary. A classical dancer from the age of five and a songwriter from the age of ten, she fully embraced her role in this reality as a recording artist before even graduating high school. Through her exploration of both music production and dance in modern/contemporary contexts – in addition to theatrical performance – she continues to broaden the aesthetic bandwidth that empowers her every artistic function. Through her sophisticated songwriting, nuanced vocal prowess, intuitive production, evocative choreography, and inventive video direction, XINA conveys the raw, vulnerable aspects of the human condition with intensity, mystique, and finesse across each of her projects.
In October 2020, XINA released a whimsical DIY song and visual entitled “Aurora” showcasing her self-sufficiency and originality. Following this, the visual EP entitled Wavform made its debut in December of 2020 – two powerfully emotive tracks and an accompanying visual with original choreography. Written and assembled in the thick of the COVID-19 crisis, Wavform is a cathartic emancipation from the cycles that prevent people from living authentically. Each track speaks to the uncertainties facing humanity – as individuals and the collective. In the first half of 2021, XINA’s presence in the pole dancing community resulted in a rush of new fans and followers. Having quickly advanced in the artform, she effortlessly began to integrate the newfound passion with her work in music.
In June of 2021, she released another DIY project called “Candyland”, a piece born out of her endless curiosity in all things. The lyrics describe a yearning to expand beyond the confines of the physical body and to find a new perspective. Fittingly, XINA explores a new perspective in the accompanying visual, which she shot at her home on iPhone. Her infatuation with the artistry of pole dance collides with modern dance and a brightly curated color palette to produce effortlessly stunning images. “Candyland” foreshadows XINA’s highly anticipated debut, the self-produced two-part PULL/PUSH. The theme was inspired by the physics of pole dance, which requires a constant pull and push to maintain the illusion of grace and beauty. Like the give and take of human relationships, an imbalance in these two forces can result in chaos