Cop a gander of Tinashe!
The R&B newcomer heated up the Summer months with the blazing hot ‘2 On’ and closes out the year with a classy cool shoot for Interview magazine.
Striking, the feature comes as quite the coup for the 21-year-old’s campaign for debut album ‘Aquarius’.
Check out more snap and quotes below…
STYLE OF MUSIC: It’s rooted in a place of R&B, but I like to avoid categories because I want to be able to evolve as an artist and for people not to expect the same thing from me all the time. I suppose it’s some grey area in R&B land.
AQUARIUS: This year has been a crazy year for me and my life has totally changed. People look at me differently. I can’t really go places anymore without getting noticed. I’m playing shows, multiple times a week. I’m touring. I’m going overseas. It’s a big difference. It’s awesome.
THE NICEST PERSON I’VE WORKED WITH: One of them is Boi-1da from Toronto. He’s really nice, really great guy. Another one is Stuart Matthewman of Sade. He had a lot of interesting stories to share. He told me about touring the world with the group Sade and performing in Rio.
WRITER’S BLOCK: Do I get writer’s block? Absolutely. That’s the creative process. It’s a process; you never know what’s going to happen. There’s no step-by-step way to write a song. I’m really very selective about who I play my music to in the early stages. I’m a huge perfectionist. I don’t like people to make judgments before it’s at its full potential, so I’m pretty secretive. I don’t even let my family hear it.
I’VE MADE IT MOMENT: There are small moments, but I always have really high expectations so I continue to push for the next level. I think one of the best moments this year was when I turned on my local radio station and I heard my song and then I turned it to the next local station I listen to and I heard my song. Then I turned to a third local station I listen to and I heard my song. That was really crazy.
THE ONLY THING YOU CAN ASK FOR… As an artist is that people enjoy the music.
SWITCHING MEDIUMS: I have videos of me singing songs at age one, age two. I think music was always my biggest passion; I was just looking for when I could pursue that full time. I took a step back, when I was about 16, from acting to focus on music. I wanted people to know I was taking it really seriously and to think of me as a music artist first and foremost.
CONFIDENCE: Because everybody always encouraged me to sing I assumed that I wasn’t bad at it. It felt like it was obvious what I was going to pursue. I thought I was good for as long as I can remember.
ENTRY INTO THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY: My dad was a theater actor so he had an agent and he brought me into his agency when I was maybe four years old. That was how I started. I started modeling and it progressed from there. My parents always took me to my auditions and all the places I needed to go to—they drove me around everywhere. They’re extremely supportive, my biggest fans, so I’m really thankful for that.
FIRST FILM: I was in my first movie when I was five. I just loved to entertain and put on a show. I really fell in love with acting at an early age. I always had a great time on set. I knew I was doing something professional, I think. It taught me about professionalism at a really early age and how to conduct myself in the entertainment industry and those types of environments.