Hiya mate thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide to start to become an artist?
I’ve always been into music. When I was two I would sing along and dance to 90s R&B/Hip-Hop and bang on the saucepans with a wooden spoon. I got my first guitar on my 8th birthday and started lessons instantly at school. Sometimes you just know what you want to do in life and music has always been part of my journey.
What have you been doing during lock down?
I’ve actually done more during lockdown in every aspect of my life than ever before both physically and spiritually. I released my debut EP ‘Behind The Mask’ in May, I released my single ‘Under Construction’ and made my first music video in July/August. I did my first paid livestream show in August and released my first live EP in September. I’ve also created my Under Construction EP which will be out 8th January and have nearly completed my debut album ‘Pleasure From Pain’which will be out in June. Musically I’ve managed to do more than ever before which may seem strange.
How has it effected your mental health?
At first, I was quite enjoying the quiet time, I had a lot of things to do around the house and I needed the break.After the first lockdown I started to lose familymembers. I’ve now lost 7 family members, two of whomwere a huge part of my life. I now feel quite trapped. I can’t distract myself from the loss how I would like to, and that goes for all those who have lost people during the pandemic. It’s such a tough time but time usedproductively is time well spent. The way I see it is that every second they’re not breathing, we are. Use the time productively, take the journey and come back fighting.
What advise would you give other artists starting out?
Don’t be afraid to try. I spent years not going for it. Once you erase your own limiting beliefs and see your unlimited potential everything starts falling into place. If you genuinely want to do it work on your mind, believe you can and you will. There’s no set route to success, find your path and trust it.
So tell me a little bit about you and what you like doing for fun?
Obviously, music is number one on my list but I also really like sketching and painting. Some of my pieces have been included in Local Exhibitions lately which is cool. I also enjoy cycling and reading philosophical books.
How do you think the government have looked after the the night time economy / live gig circuit?
Appallingly. Firstly, 10pm? Where did that come from? I completely understand the need to protect and prevent, I’ve lost people extremely close to me to the virus but if you are going to implement measures to protect there needs to be measures in place to protect peoplephysically, financially and mentally. You can’t tell people to retrain it’s an insult. Imagine if everyone retrained and never went back to the arts. Where would the economy be? It’s all like something you’d see in a Simpson’s comic without the humour.
Whats one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
If someone takes the time and interest to interview me I have nothing but gratitude for the opportunity.
What good bands are coming out of Birmingham at the minute?
The Bands Citylightz and Kioko bring amazing live energy.
Artists such as Jaykae, Kofi Stone and Lady Sanity stand out to me in particular.
What’s your favourite song right now from another artist?
Phora – Fake Smiles 2 takes my soul every time.
Who is inspiring you at the minute?
There isn’t a single person that inspires me. I tend to be inspired by those who defy the odds, work hard and come back fighting. People who have experienced things that could have broken them but haven’t let it. I feel a real connection to that. If that’s you, you inspire me <3
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I have two degrees. People look at me like YOU WHAT? I actually have a BA (Hons) Law and Philosophy and MA Education. If I want something I have to get it, it’s a bit of an obsession of mine.
Best drink to have on stage?
Water and whisky not together though!
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
Coachella! Got to dream big!
Best gig you’ve been to that you weren’t playing?
Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour; Birmingham Show. OMG. JUST OMG. Cannot wait for the Netflix Show to come out.
Who would you like to work with on the circuit right now?
It has to be Jaykae. I grew up around Small Heath and he’s representing Birmingham on another level at the moment. I’ve got a lot of time and respect for that. I’ve got a few high profile figures making appearances in my upcoming releases but I can’t say who yet so keep an eye out in January.
What goes into your favourite sandwich?
What makes you stand out as a band?
I’m insane. I’m not afraid to achieve the unachievable. I know how to take knockbacks and come back fighting. There is nothing I cannot achieve if I want to.
Whats your favourite song to play live and why?
I like performing Snakes and Ladders. I get a bit animated and the energy radiates.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
I can tell you that it will be out 8th January everywhere and signed copies are available online. The rest is a mystery.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I want to share love and gratitude. Thanks for interviewing me and thanks to those who have taken the time to read this. If you’d like to hear more follow me on Instagram @tamarajennaofficial
Thanks for doing us today folks, all the best and keep in touch.