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Interview: Tamzene talks aspirations and more

Congratulations on becoming part of ReBalance, how has joining the initiative helped you?
Firstly, thank you! It’s been such a privilege to be involved, and the opportunities thus far have really opened up new avenues. Working with Steph Marziano has been a highlight of the year, and it gave me a huge creative boost.

How important is it that we address gender imbalance within the music industry?
Super important. Knowing that there is a shift in focus within the industry and that the support is there for young female artists, is really encouraging to see. It’s paving the way for more creativity, and less restriction.

What struggles have you faced within the industry and what advice do you have to those going through the same things or trying to get a foot in the door?
It’s really difficult sometimes to focus on and enjoy the stage you’re at. Whether that’s professionally, or in terms of artistic development. You can find yourself comparing what you’re doing to other people and my advice to myself and others is always to embrace the unique and special journey that you’re on and don’t worry too much about everyone else. That makes you happy and it comes across in your art.

Who has influenced your sound?
So. Many. People. But more recently it bounces from pop favourites like Sigrid to more alternative and interesting albums such as ’22, A Million’ by Bon Iver.

What’s your favourite memory from performing at a festival?
It has to be Belladrum Festival 2018. It was such a great stage and such a special atmosphere. The full-band set was still quite fresh and I think that was the gig where it all came together. When you can see people moving with your music, it’s pretty magic.

Who are 5 female/female identifying artists who you think will be the next big thing?
Ok so, Leeds-based VENUS are fire. Also, Maya Kally is a really exciting artist for me. Then I’d have to say, Fickle Friends, of course, Mahalia, and Sinead Harnett. Very hard to only pick 5, the talent out there is real.


Where do you draw your inspirations from?
Anywhere that I can. Tiny moments in a day, something a friend says in passing. Trying to put myself in someone else’s shoes is a recent favourite, as writing about my own life the whole time doesn’t always create the most vibrant lyrics and it’s good to take the view a little wider sometimes.

What can we expect from your performance at ReBalance’s first session?
You can expect a lot of energy, warm harmonies and some cold lyrics and my insanely talented band. You’re in for a treat, I hope.

Where would you like to see yourself this time next year?
I want to continue writing with everyone and anyone. I’d love to do more touring, it’s my favourite thing to go somewhere new purely to perform. Just really continuing to push myself in all aspects, and grow more as a person and an artist.

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