Tiara Imani Just Wants to Break Up Some "Bud," Spark it Up, Then Breath
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If you are a fan of R&B, you absolutely need to get on the Tiara Imani ride. Destination? Hit-Town. She’s currently based in Los Angeles, CA, but has her roots in the DMV. Tiara Imani recently released her highly acclaimed single, “Bud.” A song off her upcoming EP (dropping very soon). Just in time for memorable summer nights and long drives with the windows low. In the song, Tiara Imani speaks about needing to relax, escaping from life’s everyday matrix. Whether it’s a stressful relationship, an anxious situation, or needing to take your mind away from the race, Tiara Imani helps you “Break it up, roll it up, light it up… breathe.” Definitely one to watch in 2021.
We were able to sit down with Tiara Imani to discuss her journey. More in the interview below:
Where are you from?
“I’m from Woodbridge, VA, and currently reside in Los Angeles, CA.”
How did you get your start in music?
“Music was my first love, so I’ve always known music intimately. I grew up writing poems, studying lyrics, singing in the school choir, the church choir and even doing musicals.”
Who are some of your influences?
“Women of the ’90s, definetly! More specifically, Aaliyah & Brandy. I feel like a lot of my influence now comes from newer artists like Jhene Aiko, Blxst, Sza, Umi, and many of my peers as well.”
What is your process when constructing a song?
“It depends. Sometimes it just comes out, and the song pretty much writes itself. Other times I have a specific story in mind or feeling I want to portray, so I try to lock in on a beat that I feel compliments that. But for me, if I’m just writing for fun, it’s always laying down some melodies first and then figure out words later.”
You have been dropping back-to-back singles. Can we expect a project in 2021?
“Yes, my first EP drops soon. Just in time for summer.”
Who takes care of the visuals for your music?
“As far as my visuals, I have a series of people that I’ve worked with and they’re all people I’ve built relationships with through my other crafts. When it comes to editing my visuals, that’s all me. I’m super into filmmaking as well, so I enjoy getting to direct and edit my visuals because I know I’ll get the end result, I desire.”
What do you want to change about the current atmosphere in the R&B space, if anything?
“I’d say I’d change what’s expected of R&B artist.”
How much does your team contribute to your success?
“I’m nothing without my team. Even being a do-it-yourself kind of person, I can’t do nor do I know everything. So my team is family, they’re my safe space for feedback, and the people I have in certain positions because I know they’ll go just as hard for my career as I do.”
One major goal you would like to accomplish within 5 years?
“I would like to be more than well-established in my music career so that I can open a community arts center both in VA and on the West Coast. As common as the saying maybe, it’s true, the youth is everything. Especially the black youth. I want to sow seeds back into my community.”
“A Grammy would be nice too.”