In our next instalment of our ‘Get To Know’ artist series, up and coming songstress Tilarni gives us the lowdown on Liza, working with Andrew De Silva, vegetable nightmares and her new single ‘Survivor’.
01. Name : Tilarni.
02. Where are you based? Melbourne.
03. How did you get your start in music? I was raised in a musical family and always had a desire to sing. I started singing with my family in the church choir as a 13 year old and had opportunities to gig with my parents’ band playing keyboards and doing backing vocals. When I finished my schooling, I started voice training and started to prepare myself to perform by doing an acting and movement course for singers. My dad put me in touch with some guys who had a cover band and it continued from there.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. The sound I have today has been a work in progress and I guess modelled from other artists and mixed in with my earlier backgrounds has helped sculpture the mix for the pop genre in which I really am looking to develop my own style and stamp. It’s such a competitive industry, but with help from the people I’ve been working with, namely Andrew De Silva, I feel comfortable with the sound we currently have. The sound we have on this track needed to be majestic and driving for the message and punchy to give vocal deliverance and expression, so we chose the robust sound to drive home the meaning of the song.
05. Who have been your musical influences? I gravitate to soulful sounding singers from the Motown era like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. The legendary sounds of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston followed by the powerhouse vocals of Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys always blew me away.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? I have many many favourite songs that give me goose bumps and it wouldn’t be fair to name just a couple.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I don’t like eating Brussels sprouts; I love eating most seafood, going to the beach, and walks at any time of the day.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? This might sound random, but I once heard Liza Minnelli being interviewed on TV and the advice she gave to up and coming artists was something like this; “always be ready as an artist cos you never know when an opportunity will suddenly catch you by surprise”.
09. Tell us about your latest release. My latest song is called ‘Survivor’ and I am extremely excited to release it. I do hope that it will impact those who hear it and make a difference in the way they see themselves. I wrote this song about a person who has endured difficult times, whether it be from a personal relationship, to a situation or circumstance that they are facing across all levels of life and despite this, can come through it as a survivor and an overcomer. The chorus represents a celebration of this person declaring that he or she is a survivor no matter what life throws at them.
09. What do your future plans involve? To keep producing music that people will enjoy.
10. Where can our audience catch you live? I play a resident cover gig in a café called Melissa in Lower Templestowe (Melbourne) fortnightly on Saturday nights.