Rolling out another Get To Know feature for your Friday morning and today we introduce you to Sydney songstress Tijana, who’s just signed to Inertia Music and whose first ever official single, ‘Stars’, drops at media later this morning.
Find out how she got her start, which music artists have inspired her along the way and which food she literally flips out over.
01. Name : Tijana.
02. Where are you based? Sydney.
03. How did you get your start in music? I began songwriting at age 14, and with the help and encouragement from my ‘mama-ger’ (my mum) we developed my voice, song writing and recently approached producer Jean-Paul Fung to help bring ‘Stars’ to life.
04. Give us five words to best describe you as an artist. Colourful, feel-good, arty, real, ambitious.
05. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. All my songwriting was done on my really old guitar, so I started liking the indie-folk-pop kind of sounds (being influenced by artists such as Thelma Plum, Ed Sheeran etc.) but later came to love pure pop and indie-pop, which is mainly what influenced the decision making behind ‘Stars’ when we were writing it in studio. I loved, admired, and wanted to marry Ryn Weaver’s whole album, which is where most of the influence was drawn from. What I wanted most to come out of ‘Stars’, however, was the feeling that the audience would want to dance and feel good upon listening to it, which I think JP and I managed to succeed in.
06. Who have been your musical influences? First and foremost Ryn Weaver and Marina and the Diamonds, and also Lorde. I love their style, their sounds and their overall vibe. It’s kind of like they’ve put their emotional backstory into words to contrast with a high tempo pop background. Other influences I look to in some of my other (unreleased) songs and my song-writing in general are Ed Sheeran, Jonsi, Florence and the Machine, Yuna, Christine and the Queens and Ingrid Michaelson.
07. What are your favourite songs of all time? Ah! There are so many! ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire, ‘Travelling Song’ by Ryn Weaver, ‘Wait A Minute!’ By Willow, ‘Mermaids’ by Jinja Safari, ‘Stay Alive’ by José Gonzalez, ‘Go Do’ by Joni, ‘Ribs’ by Lorde, ‘Blue’ by Marina and the Diamonds, and I could go on. But I won’t. These are my all-time favourites; ones that even though I may listen to them over and over, I would never get sick of them.
08. What was the first album you bought? Unashamedly, it was ‘Take Me Home : Yearbook Edition’ from One Direction. I was part of the craze. Some good and funny memories were made that year.
09. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. Once a month, when I’m in the mood for it, I make pancakes. I don’t cook at all, but pancakes are a specialty of mine (vegan, of course). Specifically banana pancakes. I love pancakes. So much.
10. What would your chosen career be if music wasn’t an option? I never really thought about it. When I was little I had this idea that I would become a teacher, but then my desires for music started forming and so I practised and practised, and dedicated hours upon hours to make sure that I could never do anything else.
11. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? The life-affirming advice I’ve been given in my career has always come from my parents. They have supported me with full force and continued to make sure that what I want becomes a reality. They always tell me to trust myself and my decisions, and when decisions are made make sure that no one else tries to deter you from what you want. They tell me that I need to be proactive in achieving my goals, and that ‘things which matter most should not be at the mercy of things that matter least’. I’m glad to have parents that fully support me, and I love them so much.
12. Tell us about your latest release. My latest release is actually my first ever official single called ‘Stars’. It was written when I was in year 10, and at this point, anything that breathed would tell you to start considering what you want to do or be in life (especially school). Most kids always panic at this point because they’re just that – kids, and it almost feels like we have no time to grow up before we grow up. I, however, had the end in mind. I fantasized about a career in music and continued to practise so that I could be good enough. I was constantly told by my parents that it wasn’t going to be easy and that there were going to be things that I would have to sacrifice in order for this whole thing to work out, and I had to accept that. This song is basically an understanding of that, while also encouraging people to take chances, and to understand that dreams are things that you need to work hard towards in order to live happily.
13. What do your future plans involve? In the short term, lots of gigging and performing, and I’ll hopefully be recording a second single late this year. I will be attending lots of gigs and hopefully a few festivals (as an audience member) to learn from other successful people. In the long term, my goals involve playing at major festivals, co-writing with other artists, headline tours and so on.
14. Where can our audience catch you live? We’re currently working on that – so stay tuned! Watch out for notifications on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.