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Twenty Questions with Tanille – Author and Singer also known as the “Celebrity Beauty”

New York artist Tanille is set to take the music industry by storm with the launch of her new single “Baby come back to me”.  Known to some as a “Celebrity Beauty” after her appearance in Salon Today UK magazine’s new summer beauty spread, the talented singer/songwriter is now proving that there is a lot more to her. The songstress, who’s also an accomplished author, says “there are so many moments in time full of unmistakable feelings.  I have to write how I feel.”

It is this honesty and realism that makes Tanille’s music stand out from the crowd.  You can hear in each of her songs that she is singing from the heart and it makes her messages credible and believable. Her website www.tanille.com offers a great overview of this hot new artist, showcasing all her talent and experience.  Her music is also available to listen to and download at www.soundcloud.com/tanillemusic

Her hot Pop R & B single “Baby come back to me” is a powerful dance tune, which is sure to be a floor filler.  Tanille’s passion for her music is clear and is managing to produce the sounds she likes, whilst staying true to herself.  She admits, “I’m still learning”, but listening to her latest single, her sound is already strong and established.

In an exclusive interview with Jamsphere, Tanille gave us more insight into her artistic world.

  1. How long have you been in the music game and how did you get started in the first place?

Tanille: I have been in the game for about 7 or 8 years. I started out writing my own songs and really learning vocal production and arrangement. From there I think it took some time to really feel my way through what type of artist I wanted to be. It also took some time for my lyrical voice to develop and for me to be comfortable expressing feelings that make you feel vulnerable. My early lyrical content was a little light and not really digging into the heart of the human condition especially related to love. It took a while before I became expressive of the deeper parts of love and life.

  1. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?

Tanille: Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Ella Scott Fitzgerald, Janet Jackson

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

Tanille: My current favorite songs are Shake It Off Taylor Swift, Don’t Tell Em’ Jeremih, OneRepublic Counting Stars.

  1. Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ or skepticism from within the industry and fellow artists, and if so how do you handle ‘haters’?

Tanille: I think this industry gives a lot of resistance until your music proves itself. I used this resistance and negativity to fuel my ambitions and to keep me focused on making music that stays true to the heart of me.

  1. You’re pretty wrapped-up in the ‘written word’ Do you consider video and moving images an important part in promoting and marketing your music and other crafts? Where can we find your latest video?

Tanille: I know videos have become such an important piece of the promotion now, yet I do think I am a little old school in wanting my audience to feel me and know me through my lyrics. With that said my videos can be found on YouTube.com/TanilleMusic. I am doing an unplugged type video for a new ballad I wrote One Wish later this month. My new songs are previewed on my channel and performance videos.

  1. Studio recordings or performing live in front of an audience, which of these do you prefer most and why?

Tanille: Live. This is the chance to bring your song to life and communicate the true meaning. It is also a chance to connect with new audiences.

  1. Tell us something about the beats, music production and lyrics on your releases. Do you write and compose all of them or do you work with other writers and Producers?

Tanille: I write all of own lyrics. I co-create the arrangement. I have a producer I work with who has done most of my tracks so far. I write the lyrics first then we jump in the studio and I try to give the overall vibe. Then the tracks and recording follow.

  1. On which of your songs do you think you delivered your personal best performance so far, from an emotional and technical point of view?

Tanille: This is a tough question. It would be a toss-up between Baby Comeback to Me and One Wish.

  1. Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist in a genre overflowing with new faces and ideas?

Tanille: I think my lyrical content and my passion. I also think I have my own style of delivery that is emerging.

  1. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?

Tanille: Passion. I am so passionate about making music and expressing what’s in my heart. I feel something that is so visceral can’t be held back.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

Tanille: I love the freedom being an independent artist enables. You have so much more of a voice in your sound and the type of music you make. I like that your music can touch audiences quicker as well. I think what can be discouraging is the promotional aspect and the constant changes in how music is consumed. This changes the perceived value of music at times.

  1. Tell us something about your songwriting process. What usually comes first the lyrics or the music?

Tanille: The lyrics always come first. I like to be expressive on a situational basis. Then I can come back and really tailor the song based on the feel, the vibe and vision I get when I run the song through my head for a few days. I do like to live with my songs. It is a little bit of a luxury at this point. I think when expressing the true essence of a feeling there are so many ways it can be expressed why not have the choice. Why not express all the ways that flow through you and then see what matches the tone and vibe of the music. Most of the time my songs are like 75% complete and then once we find a musical match I go in and make changes to the lyrics.

  1. Could you tell us something about your latest music releases and where fans can find them?

Tanille: Fans can find my latest musical releases on my Soundcloud page www.soundcloud.com/TanilleMusic or on my website www.Tanille.com. My latest songs Baby Comeback to Me and Feel It are expressions of moments in time in love. Baby Comeback to Me is really an expression of love in the midst of confusion. There is this level of desperation almost, for answers and to get back love that was lost for reasons that are not clear. Feel It on the other hand is about trying to understand if the one you love loves you the same. Do they feel like you do? Some people take love very seriously. Some people fall in love easily and take it lightly. When you are putting your heart on the line you want to know how much the other person values the love you have.

  1. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Tanille: Never give up is the best career advice I have ever followed. The advice I didn’t follow was when someone told me to get out. They said the industry is drying up and no one is buying music. To me this is a person who let a few failures stand in their way as road blocks to their forward progress. The toughest thing is to trust in the universe and trust your efforts are well worth it when all odds seem to be against you.

  1. At this point, as an independent artist, which is the one factor you desire most, and feel will undeniably benefit the your future (for example increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, bigger live gigs etc…)?

Tanille: I think more media exposure will help my music touch more lives.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and indie music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web, making it difficult for real talent to emerge?

Tanille: I believe social media has given a voice and opportunity to many deserving artists who have a little more leverage to get their music heard and build buzz. While there are more artists out there, the cream always rises to the top. So all opportunities are good for all artists looking to emerge and grow.

  1. You’re also a published author. Could you tell us something about “Cameo”, “Broken” and the “Jordan & Justine Weekend Adventures”?

Tanille: This question threw me little bit for a loop. Music, music and then a books question:) The books…first and foremost I do not believe we should deny our creative expression. Writing is part of what I was born to do. I have been writing since I was 16. I started out writing screenplays. Then I realized I wanted my stories to really have impact and see the light of day. So I decided to start writing novels. I do think some of my screenplay style is still there. I try to create novels that are like cool teen movies. That is where Cameo and Broken come in. My green children’s book series “Jordan & Justine’s Weekend Adventures” is about teaching children to go green at home and in the community. I am a bing proponent of going green and I really wanted to use my talents to inspire children much like science inspired me growing up. I started out writing this for my nephew, Jordan and it just took on a life of its own.

  1. What is the “The Undercover Starlet” project all about?

Tanille: This is about inspiring young girls in middle school and high school to read. As a writer I create characters that are growing and developing experiencing much of the feelings in my music. I think it is important for teens to have characters that reflect the changes they are going through and to see characters making the tougher decisions in friendship and love that lead to growth and self-worth. The reading project enables us to donate books to teen groups and schools to encourage reading.

  1. What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as an indie artist, in your quest to achieve your goals and wider spread success?

Tanille: I think getting more opportunities to get my music played and perform for bigger audiences.

  1. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?

Tanille: I won’t do anything that will compromise my personal beliefs or well-being.

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