We catch up with Taliwa one of our special live Pa's ahead of our Groove Odyssey 5th birthday Party!
Q: Is this your first time at Groove Odyssey and are you looking forward to performing there on their 5th Birthday on November 8th ?
ANS: This is my first time at Groove Odessey. I love performing live so I’m really looking forward to it.
Q: How has 2014 been for you and will you have any Exclusive new tracks to perform at this even?
ANS: 2014 has been a positive year. I’ve been focusing more so on my solo work but had the opportunity to work with DJ’s on House tracks like the one I’ll be performing on the night “The Right Way” by DJ Able.
Q: What can the GO crew expect from your set?
ANS: The GO crew can expect a high energy performance with Divalicious vocals. Gotta toot my own trumpet init Lol!
Q: Is there anyone you are looking forward to catching at the Groove Odyssey 5th Birthday and why?
ANS: I’m looking forward to hearing as many as the DJ’s as possible. There’s a variety of styles I like to boogie to. Yes that’s right I said boogie, I think that word needs to make a come back..
Q: What are your proudest moments and why? Do you have a particular unforgettable musical career highlight and why is this so special?
ANS: Firstly for me it’s that moment when someone communicates how much a song (that I have written) means to them. There’s something very special and humbling about that. To know that my lyrics may have helped someone through a trial in their life is rewarding. Secondly some of my most proudest moments have been performing in venues such as the Jazz Café Camden and the infamous Ronnie Scotts. Some serious legends have performed there which always makes me feel one step closer to my dreams.
Q: How and when were you first infected by dance music? and what was your first entree into it?
ANS: I’ve always been a soul chick listening to artists like Jill Scott and Marvin Gaye. But I was introduced to House by a producer friend of mine. We experimented with some sounds and was fortunate enough for that experiment to turn into a released single and from then on I was hooked. I’d say I’m still discovering all the facets and realms of the music and enjoying all it has to offer.
Q: What was your first break and first big record and did it set your path?
ANS: In terms of House Music I’d say it was a release I am featured on by Ziggy Funk called “Everyday”.
This was the first time I heard myself on radio so very exciting and I think the first time people started to take notice.
Q: What is your earliest musical memory that springs to mind, and then how did you get into singing ?
ANS: My earliest music memory is my dad playing R&B on his (Vinyl) Record Player dancing with my sisters, with a hair brush in my hand mimicking any Divaesque Vocal I could sing along to. I was a late bloomer and didn’t start singing until Secondary school where I entered a singing competition. I later joined a girl group and after music college began focusing on live music performing with bands of different styles genres in and around London.
Q: Who are some of the people you have enjoyed working with in the music business and why? is there one that has stood out the most or as a favourite experience?
ANS: There are a few but I would have to say my favourite person I have worked with in the music business is Matt Bandy. Though he has several more years experience Matt has a great ability to guide me whilst at the same time making my opinions and skill set feel valued.
Q: What’s the driving force behind your singing career and what still drives you? And how would you describe your vocal style?
ANS:When I first began singing it was tool I could use to feel “heard”. I was a shy teenager so singing helped me to build my confidence and was way in which I could express myself. Now I’m a little bit older (er hum - cough!). The driving force behind my music is to encourage others to have a voice. To let themselves to be heard and to know that they are not alone in their struggles. In turn hopefully show that there is a light at the end of “every” tunnel. So that said I think I would describe my vocal style as Big Soulful Gospel-esque vocals with a hint of cheeky chocolaty goodness for good measure
Q: Who is the most inspirational and influential person in your life and why?
ANS: Anyone who knows me would anticipate me saying this, but it has to be my Mum!
She is so strong and supportive and a woman who has overcome so many obstacles and hardships but despite these hardships dedicates her life to helping others. Throughout my life she has gone back to college to study, owned her own business for 10 years (whilst taking care of 3 children) and later changed her career and is now proudly a School Mentor. She’s doing what she loves and helping others along the way and to me that’s something to aspire to.
Q: Before you leave us, can you tell us something you think we should all be listening to before we head out the door to the Groove Odyssey 5th Birthday party? youtube or soundcloud link would be great
Oooh you should check out Sean McCabes new album on Z Records where I feature on the single “Finally”. “Plug”
Q: And is there anything fun or wacky or that we don’t know about you such as something that you really enjoy or collect, hobbies, interests, other work etc?
ANS: Hmmm… So in my spare time I love anything that quietens the mind and puts you in touch with yourself and your spirit so in my spare time I do Yoga classes, and often read books and watch programmes about self - improvement.
But then… Ok so I have a confession…. I LOVE really ratchet, ghetto programmes like The Real House Wives of Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, that sort of thing... Everything that is good and wholesome in the world screams out “these programmes are wrong”! All the cat fights, arguments and affairs! But I can’t help it! I have a serious addiction… Right, the cat’s out the bag, I feel so much better for off-loading now Lol!Q
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