Melbourne songstress TAMMA releases holiday collaboration with American producers ‘Kiings’

With her debut E.P. almost in the can TAMMA gives us a little bit on the side, lending a sparkly top line to the American outfit’s song ‘We Know Better’.

Hi Tamma, welcome to LiveTrigger Magazine! Let’s introduce your project: who is Tamma and where are you based?

Hey There!

First of all, thanks so much for having me be a part of LiveTrigger!

I am really excited to be chatting to you!

I am a Kiwi born artist from a rural town in NZ, I got in to singing at a young age, performing in front of an audience of about 100 at the tender age of 3.

My mum stood me on a box to reach the microphone.

I was addicted to music and performing from that day on.

I came to Melbourne many years ago to be a part of the esteemed music and arts culture here coz its so damn good!

I love to write and play my own music, I do it because it’s how I experience life and share my stories with people.

I like that my music can relate and connect to people and hopefully help pick up their day.

I perform around Northcote, Fitzroy, Brunswick and St Kilda.

Tamma with led light behind her

 

How was your 2019 so far?

Hmmm it’s certainly been an interesting one in TAMMA world this year.

It’s had it has had its challenges but I have had breakthrough moments in writing new material which excites me, persisting even when it seems like its not coming together.

I have learned a lot about myself, about juggling 100 different things at once and staying true to why I create music.

 

Tell our readers more about the single that you are going to release this week.

American producers Chris Siegel and Sean Foran aka Kiings got in contact with me after my debut release last year ‘Beat You Down’.

The guys sent me their track and I got to work on the topline, the song is about leaving your worries behind, chasing the sun, your dreams and leaving the rest behind.

 

And what about the video?

The guys are based in the USA and I am here in Melbourne.

Luckily they are filmmakers and the video will be made by them in due course.

 

I know that you are going to release a new EP soon. Are you excited?

I am super pumped!!!

I have poured a lot of love, emotion and hours in to these songs and a lot of thought has gone in to what I have selected to go on the EP.

I will be heading to Brisbane in October to work with Konstantin Kersting (Tones and I, Mallrat, Slum Sociable, Jungle Giants). I am a huge fan of his work and can’t wait to collaborate.

 

Since I saw you the first time, I’ve been impressed by your voice and by your amazing electro-soul style. How did your music evolve?

Thank you, that means a lot, my music is always evolving. I like experimenting and channeling new ideas from what I am inspired or moved by at the time.

It could be a feeling or emotion, a story or event or another artist.

 

What are your favourite artists and/or composers?

I love so so many!!!

I think the long lived ones for me are Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Dire Straits and more recent are bands like Khruangbin, The War on Drugs, Tame Impala, Billie Ellish, SZA and the list goes on.

 

Do they have anything in common?

They have soul and depth.

tamma playing piano live

 

In your opinion, what is the connection between music and creativity?

Creativity is an expression of how we feel and experience life.

Music is one of the many languages or channels we use to let it out of our hearts and heads.

Are you happy about what’s happening in your life as a musician?

Yes I am, because I know my purpose is to create music to share and connect with others.

It’s always a hustle and creative people face the fear of not feeling good enough and needing to push harder, but if my music relates to people and makes them feel something inside then that makes me happy.

 

What about your next gigs. Are you planning a tour?

I will be touring the EP in 2020.

For the rest of this year, I have 21 September at Bergy Seltzer, 2nd October at Old Bar and more tbc.

 

What is your best and your worst memory on a stage?

Hmmm good question, I have had many good memories so to pick one would be tricky but I do love it when complete strangers have come in off the street or through social media and watched in silence the whole time and even shed a tear or two in the songs that resonate with them.

 

What do you think about LiveTrigger?

LIVE TRIGGER IS AWESOME!! KEEP UP THE GREAT THINGS YOU ARE DOING!

Thank you for supporting us and hearing our stories as artist XXXX

 

Tamma singing on the stage