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Interview With Tess Anderson

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Tess Anderson is a singer-songwriter and producer from Vancouver, Canada. Pulling inspiration everywhere from old-school jazz standards to modern pop, her sound is heavily driven by her unmistakable voice. We had the opportunity to Interview with Tess Anderson.

If you aren’t familiar with Tess Anderson Read on.

1: Tell us about your background getting to where you are today?

Music has been the biggest passion in my life for as long as I can remember. If you asked me at 4 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have told you I wanted to be a rockstar. I’ve worked at building a career in the industry since I was a teenager, writing music every spare moment I had and performing live at every opportunity. In 2016 I moved to Vancouver to attend recording school where I studied audio engineering, music production, and songwriting. Halfway through my program though, everything came to a halt when I learned that I was pregnant with my son. I took a year off of school, and frankly off of music, before returning to finish my diploma with a 9-month-old baby. There were a lot of months that were painfully difficult and I had no idea how I was ever going to make music and motherhood work at the same time. All I knew was that I wanted both, and I was willing to work as hard as possible to make it happen. I released my first 2 singles, “Home” and “War Paint” in 2019. Then I started performing regularly around Vancouver, saving up every cent I earned to fund the recording of my debut EP. It’s taken 2 years to get here, but I finally released the first single off the project called “Northern Lights” on May 7th, and the next single is out June 4th! The other songs will be coming over the next few months.

2: Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Victoria, BC, Canada, and lived there until I was 19.

3: How did you get into music?

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Music has always fascinated me. As a little kid, I was constantly singing and making up melodies. I performed my first vocal solo in a musical at school in the 3rd grade, and I took piano lessons for a few years as a kid. I was around 12 years old when I had the epiphany that many of my favourite artist did both of those things at the same time, and that’s when everything changed. I began accompanying myself on the piano while singing my favourite songs, and that very naturally turned into me beginning to song write. I learned to record myself and self-produced my first 7 song album at 15 (under a different alias), followed quickly by my first sold-out local show and national radio play on CBC.

4: What is the most challenging thing you have overcome in your life?

This is a tough one. There’s been a lot of challenges in my life. Becoming a mom at 20 while my family lives on another continent definitely is an ongoing challenge – particularly now during the pandemic. One of the hardest phases of my life, however, was losing my best friend suddenly and tragically 2 days before our high school graduation. What was supposed to be such a fun and exciting moment in my life was instead one of the most painful. It’s been 6 years and I still miss her every day. Grief is something you carry with you forever.

5: Are you currently signed or independent?

100% independent. I do everything myself.

6: Who inspires you the most musically?

I have such a broad range of musical tastes – everything from classic jazz standards to modern rock – so it’s really hard for me to narrow down where exactly my inspiration comes from. When I first started songwriting I was hugely inspired by Sara Bareilles though, and I think some of that influence definitely still shines through in my writing today.

7: What do you want people to take away after listening to your music?

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When people listen to my music, I want them to feel a little bit less alone in the world. Music to me is all about connection. It communicates so much deeper than words ever can. It’s so cool how when listening to music, an entire room of people can all simultaneously experience the same emotion at once. We all have a lot more in common than I think we realize, and I want my music to help people feel that. We’re all in this together. It’s a big part of the reason that writing from an authentic and vulnerable place is so important to me.

8: What is your greatest achievement as a musician?

Honestly, I feel like I’ve hit the greatest achievement every time that someone messages me or comes up to me after a show to tell me that a song of mine has positively affected them in some way. That’s what it’s all about. Nothing makes me happier than knowing that my art has helped someone in some way.

9: Do you produce your own music? If not who do you work with?

I do produce music, and often do so for other artists, but I actually prefer doing that to producing my own music. Sometimes if I get too involved in the whole process I end up hating my own song by the time it’s finished. My upcoming EP was produced by Cody Taylor and Ryan Guldemond, and I am SO glad that I chose them both as collaborators. They made these songs way better than I ever could have imagined doing myself.

10: Who is one artist you wish you could work with?

Sara Bareilles! She has been a dream collaborator since I was 12.

11: Tell us about any new music you have coming out? When is coming out? What is it about?

On May 7th I released “Northern Lights”, the first single off my upcoming EP! This song is a true story about a road trip my husband took me on when we first started dating. I’ve got 3 more tracks coming over the next few months as well. Next up is a song called “Never Seems to Fade”, out June 4th. It’s about my grief surrounding the loss of my best friend. It’s definitely an emotionally heavy one, but it means a lot to me, and I hope it will serve as a comfort to those who are experiencing their own loss and grief. The other songs on the EP talk about the internal battle I face trying to balance motherhood and a music career, and then of course there are some good love songs too. The EP will be out by the end of the summer.

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12: What does a day inside your shoes look like?

My days are kind of all over the place. First and foremost I’m a mom, so most of my days are wrapped around caring for my son. I fit my music in wherever I can though, which often means a lot of multitasking. These days it’s been a lot of promo prep work just getting ready for the EP release. It’s a lot of chaotic back and forth between mom-mode and musician-mode (often involving a lot of stepping on lego along the way LOL), but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Pre-Covid I was playing live gigs at least twice a week, so rehearsals took up a lot of my time. Now I’m actually also working as a music teacher and vocal coach two days a week, and it has become such a passion of mine. It’s the coolest thing in the world getting to help people bring to life the music that they have within themselves.

13: Anything else you want the audience to know about you?

I’m so unbelievably excited to share this new music with you!! If you want to follow along with my journey, you can keep up with me on instagram at @itstessanderson or on Facebook at Tess Anderson Music.

Natalie is a journalism major with a focus on Entertainment and Music who aspires to become a Content Creator For Honk Magazine. Eventually, she wants to be the Publisher or Editor-in-Chief of a major Publishing House. She loves helping people find their voice and passion for writing and journalism, and she can always be found with coffee in hand, editing another article.

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Artist Spotlight

Haitian Artist, Wicked Haitian Is Just Getting Ready To Take Over The Music Scene

In the world of overblown hype and excess, it is hard to find an authentic artist that embodies the fin and vibrancy of the originals that did so to establish the artform back in the day. Well, debut artist Rodshield Richard popularly known as Wicked Haitian from Haiti is here to remind us of that and more.

Music always has a way of sticking with you when it’s a good time. When you can hit play on the music and immediately have your spirit lifted due to the great vibes of the music. Those types of records always last long because of the feeling people have while hearing it. This is what you get from Wicked Haitian from one of his recent songs “No Love”.

Check out his latest songs on Spotify below:

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

Wicked Haitian What really inspired me to write music is my people that I still have in  Haiti. My goal is for me to make a way for them in order to have a better life.

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When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Wicked Haitian – I realized I was going to make music professionally about one year ago. I’ve seen that I can actually make a difference for the people in Haiti and the music in me has helped me in different ways financially to help them.

 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Wicked Haitian – What’s unique about my music is that I speak from the heart. I don’t really go off what people say or what people think I just speak on how I feel.

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Wicked Haitian – The funniest mistake I’ve ever made was two years ago when I signed a deal but it wasn’t beneficial at all. It was only beneficial to them. I’ve learnt from that mistake.

 

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

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Wicked Haitian – My latest releases are No Love,Time and ION FWY. “No Love” is basically explaining how I can show someone love when I don’t know how to love, and “Time” is basically saying you don’t really have to rush anything in life everything will fall in place just take your time and just keep going, and “ION FWY”  it’s basically me saying I’m all to myself now I don’t really focus on fake Friends or females because when I had nothing to my name nobody was around everybody loves to be around when you’re shining but nobody likes to be around when you’re down

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Wicked Haitian – My upcoming projects consist of the videos for “No Love”, “Time” and “ION FWY” and in the videos I will go in detail explaining what each song means.

 

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Wicked Haitian – When I first started, I wish I was told that nobody really cares about you. They only care what they can make of you and It’s a dog eat dog world.

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Wicked Haitian – Just keep going don’t give up and keep it real as long as you love what you’re doing you will never burn out.

 

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Wicked Haitian – When I don’t do music on Sundays I go on Jet Skis or I’ll go to the gym or I play basketball. I like to travel. I love travelling to Haiti a lot. There I’ll go to the Dominican Republic.

 

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Wicked Haitian – For someone that’s just starting doing music, don’t rush anything and never look for a handout.

 

How can our readers follow you online?

Wicked Haitian – You all can follow me on our social media platforms @WickedHaitian.

For more updates, follow me on:

Instagram – @WickedHaitian

Twitter – @WickedHaitian

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Florida Rising Artist Lil Rhino Is Set To Rule the Music World With His Unique Sound.

Lil Rhino, a rapper from Lakeland, Florida, is here to ascertain the multitude that he’s profound about ruling the music world with his energetic music.

This week we had a conversation with Lil Rhino, and he was kind enough to share his journey through the music globe. He also talked about how he plans to be one of the A-listers, not just for himself but for his family. This top-notch artist has proven to be the best at what he does innumerably.

His main objective is to monopolize and keep astonishing his fans with the combination of contemporary and bossy hit songs. Check out the interview below and let us know your thoughts in the observation section below.

Let’s start by introducing yourself; you know the basics, like name, age, and where you’re from, as much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

My Name is Lil Rhino, and I’m 23 years old. I’m from Lakeland, Florida. I’m a buzzing central Florida Artist chasing dreams so that I can get things done not only for myself but for my family. 

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What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

The best advice I received concerning music would be to stay consistent. Stay in the people’s faces, keep dropping content, and keep dropping new sounds. Never stop

 

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

I would have relocated to Atlanta Much earlier. 

 

What is still your biggest challenge?

My biggest challenge is to stop being so hard on myself. I feel like I pressure myself too much.

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

My family, I think about where we are, where we’ve been and where I want us to be

 

If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?

FCG HEEM OR CHIEF KEEF

 

Talk me through your creative process.

First, I have to fall in love with the beat. The beat has to catch my attention! After that, I punch in line after line. Constructing the song chorus verse chorus or chorus verse bridge chorus 

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How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

I haven’t faced any of these problems yet.

 

What are you focusing your time on now?

Coming up with new Melodies and marketing strategies to further my career.

How do you currently feel about the state of “Your genre” in general?

I feel like I have a genre within my own. I don’t think anyone has my sound, which makes me. Go harder to keep my sound different from others. 


How can our readers follow you online?

Connect with Lil Rhino: YouTube| Twitter | Instagram | Spotify

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