We caught up with East London babe, Tiana Major9, to chat musical influences, dream collabs and what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017…
What does a day in the life of Tiana Major9 look like?
Generally my days vary… I could be rehearsing for a gig one day or be at work helping customers find their shoe size the next. I’d say they are usually well balanced between music and retail.
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
I don’t think there was ever a moment realisation if I’m honest, I’ve always known that I’ll end up making music. My mum and the church pushed my passion.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d say my music is the love child of all of my favourite styles – Soul, RnB and Hip Hop and of course Jazz. It’s a perfect mix of them all.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
Supporting Mic Lowry at their headline show in London was a lot of fun. As was the MOBO Unsung tour!
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
D’Angelo – I love him and respect his music sooo much. I genuinely believe we could make a masterpiece *crying face emoji*
Who did you listen to growing up?
I listened to a lot of Chris Brown during secondary school. I was definitely his ‘Stan’ LMAO. I also loved discovering upcoming artists… I’d be on the internet every day after school just going from video to video.
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
My brother Melvin (my guitarist and co-writer) is a really big inspiration to my music. He really knows how to manipulate melodies and make them sound beautiful.
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
FKA Twigs – Lights on
What’s the last album you listened to all the way through?
“Destination Brooklyn” by Lil Vicious. Random, I know LMAO
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
My latest one is when I had a chat with Salaam Remi! He’s a legend. Mad respect for him.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
I’ve worked with heaps of cool people so hard to pinpoint one… but I think Kojey Radical is pretty cool!
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listening to a lot of R&B and Hip hop right now… J Hus, Angel, Masego and any other similar song suggestions streaming offers me, ha.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
My advice to aspiring artists is to work on your craft; quality over quantity. Hone your style and get sick at playing, singing, rapping or whatever you do before to release music.
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
Probably “All blues” by Miles Davis or “Frank” by Amy Winehouse.
Where can we see you perform next?
I’ll be supporting Tiffany Gouche at her headline show for Future Snds. 7th of May & Sofar Sounds 12th May so make sure you come down!
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
More new music! The way I see it is that we can only move forward from here so the new content will always (and has to) be better than the last. That being said, “Merry Go” is out EVERYWHERE!
Wanna know more? Check out her insta @TianaMajor9 and listen to her new single ‘Merry Go’ on SoundCloud below: