We had the pleasure of interviewing recording artist TIANA KOCHER this week to find out more about her performance opening for A$AP Rocky in Manila, her collaborations and what’s coming up next for this rising star.
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To what do you accredit your sense of style?
So, I just try and be original, I don’t try and copy anybody. I do however have one style icon and that is Daryl Chang, I just love how adventurous she is with her outfits. She puts together pieces you would never think would go with each other and just rocks it. I just love how she carries herself too, definitely, street influenced but still remains so classy and definitely no signs of trashy.
What musical influences did you listen to growing up that helped to mold you into the artist you are today?
Growing up I listened to Aaliyah, Tamia, Brandy, Monica, Sisters with Voices (SWV), TLC and a lot of old school Jazz and soul.
What are your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic in the studio?
My greatest challenge as an artist is definitely trying to not let the negative get to me because sometimes it does get the best of me and I’ll walk into a rehearsal or a studio session with negative energy on me and it’ll eventually affect others. I believe my greatest attribute is my punctuality, I don’t like wasting anyone’s time or money so I make it a point to always be on time or even early if I can.
Today’s music seems to be about collaborations with the “hottest” artist out. We understand you have worked with the Sage the Gemini, TLC and soon to be released ‘Por Tiempo’ featuring Puerto Rican reggaeton J. Alvarez. Can you explain that song to us?
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I am super excited to release my next single, ‘Por Tiempo’. It is about a guy and a girl, not necessarily one-upping each other but more so showing off to each other with what they can give/do so that in time something may be able to happen between them.
We saw clips of your performance opening for A$AP Rocky in Manila. Can you tell us about that whole experience?
It was great, it was my first show in Manila, so I didn’t quite know what to expect but the crowd was very responsive and very accommodating of me. Definitely looking forward to doing a solo show in Manila soon!
What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music? what will people be able to say about you as an artist?
I want people to hear something they’ve never heard before. I don’t want people to compare me to anyone because I want to be as unique as I can be.
What image do you think your music conveys and why did you choose this type of image for your music?
What I’m doing is 100% authentic to me. I’m not going to waste my time, or anyone else time, pretending to be someone else. What you see is what you get, what you hear is what you get, and I don’t intend on changing myself for anyone or anything.
I’m going to make sure what you hear is going to match what you see. I chose this type of image to be relatable. I know I’m no Barbie doll, which is why I want to show people that you definitely can make things work with what you have got. You don’t need to look a certain way to make it or to get people to respect you. Be confident, true to yourself and most especially, love yourself!
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What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I say this everywhere I go just because I think it’s so important. As children we would always dream big, shoot for the stars and think that anything is possible if we just put our mind to it. Why can’t we do that as adults? If we put our mind to it and if we really want it, the sky is the limit. So, I always have the mindset that I can do it and I will.
How can potential fans find you?
Thank you so much Muzique Magazine!
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