What is your name?
Tanis is my real name.
What is your genre of music?
Somewhere between Alternative, Electronic and Pop.
Give us a little bio about you.
I was born in Paris, France but spent only about a month there before I started my nomadic life. My parents embraced the world and believed in making my older brother and I global citizens. We grew up in different places and cultures from around the world, in the Bahamas climbing coconut trees, in the country-side of France near a tiny village, in law abiding multi-lingual Switzerland and then in crowded Beijing where we learnt Chinese. To add on to the list, I went on to a classic English boarding school in Sevenoaks, UK and then spent my college years in the melting pot of New York city. I share my time now between New York and Los Angeles where I continue my work as a composer, singer and songwriter.
What made you go into music?
As someone who was very shy and introverted as a child, music was my favourite emotional companion and narrated all the ups and downs of my life. Growing up, I spent a lot of my time listening music, or on the piano playing out whatever I was feeling at that moment. One day my dad happened to be nearby and asked me what it was that I was playing. I told him that it was just some improvised invention. “You should write it down”, he told me. I was only 11 and was not entirely sure of what I was doing but that was the moment I began composing.
Are you a signed?
I am independent artist.
What is the meaning behind your new single “Would be You”.
‘Would Be You” is about the feeling of being in the presence of that one big love. The kind of love that is all-consuming and terrifying but so incredibly magnificent at the same time. A love that if you do fall from, it will be very hard to get back up, but one that you know is worth every single risk.
Describe the track in two words:
Chill & Euphoric
What was the writing process like?
The composition of the single actually originated while I was playing around on a Cajon in my apartment and a melody just pop into my mind over the subtly pitched hits of the drum. I took this idea and then built the whole track over it, synthesizing the organic elements and adding some electronic samples over-top to enrich the sound world of the track.
What was the recording process like?
I recorded most of the song in my home mini-studio set up, using a very simple arrangement of a warm synth pad playing the chords of the song with a basic drum beat just to keep me in time with the groove and feel of the track. I then began arranging and composing the instrumental riffs on top of the vocal melody.
Who did you work with on the single?
After recording a demo and creating a rough mix in my home studio, I brought the track over to Dave Weingarten, a talented mixer and producer, to help co-produce the track. Together, we used a combination of my original instruments and vocal, and some of his analogue hardware synthesizers to add the finishing touches to the song.
Will we see a video for ‘Would Be You’?
Yes! The music video, that was shot in my home country of the Bahamas, will be coming out on May 16th!
Will we see a EP or Album and if so what can we expect?
Right now there are no confirmed plans of an Album but there are definitely many more singles to come in the next few months.
Do you have any shows coming up?
At the moment I am not scheduled for any live performances.
What else can we expect in 2019?
After taking a year off to concentrate on my film scoring which has helped me find more depth in all aspects of my musical journey, I am very excited to be back and will be releasing several more singles through 2019.
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any up coming artists? None planned at the moment!
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yes of course! I always love working with other musicians and collaborating. The best way is to reach me through my management at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to DM me on Instagram!
Do you play any instruments?
Yes I do! I play piano, guitar and drums and have recently taken up cello as well
Who are your influences?
I draw influences from all genres and artists that I find interesting. Sometimes it may just be a single sample or beat that inspires me to create a whole song and my favourite thing is to fuse genres of music together and create a new and original hybrid sound world that I can call my own.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
For me each song features an expansion of a single moment in time, specific experience or feeling. Sometimes it may be a word or sentence I overheard that sparks my imagination, and then I go home and start sketching out a whole song, a whole story around it.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I really don’t know where I will be living but I definitely will be making music and hopefully making an impact through the medium of my art.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I have always been someone very much into athletics and when I am not working, I love doing sports, be it running, swimming, diving or skiing. It helps clear my mind and move my body after sitting in front of my computer all day!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
I have loved and listened to so many songs over the years, I don’t know if there is a single song that drew me into the music scene. The one thing I do know is that the day I was born, my dad took me in his arms and sang Nat King Cole’s “Non Dimenticar” on a loop for the first 24 hours of my life. So maybe subconsciously, that is the song that made music a dominant and indispensable part of my life.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
The best advice I have ever been given was something my grandfather always said, “blush, but do it anyways”. Being someone quite naturally shy and introverted, I sometimes allow my shyness to take charge of my actions and in those moments I always repeat this advice to myself and try to fight through those emotions.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
As I am always looking to better myself, a quote I like to remind myself of constantly is “we experience positive growth not by judging others but by examining ourselves”.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Well to be honest, having grown up a little bit all over to world, I have several “hometowns” but if I had to narrow it down, I would call the Paris and Nassau my hometowns.
My birth place of Paris, France speaks for itself in its architectural beauty, fashion sense and unique charm, but my favourite thing to do when I go back is to go early in the morning to a small bakery and have a croissant and coffee surrounded by the delicious smell of fresh bread.
My childhood home of Nassau in the Bahamas is a must visit in its entirety. It has some of the most beautiful beaches and bluest waters in the world. You will never see anything quite like it.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
To my own bed!
2/ Who do you see first?/
I’ll like to spend some much needed time alone ☺
3/What do you eat first?
If I can get it, my mom’s cooking! Otherwise, anything closest to Singapore cuisine
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar, my keyboard, my microphone, a bottle of water and myself.
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