Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Blog Entry 21:My Debut Album 'Saved' is Out NOW and I'm coming to YOUR town!!!


I'm holding my album in my hands.... I even sniffed it a little.
No, I'm not a weirdo. I used to that with all the CD's I bought because I love theat fresh ink and plastic smell. Now I'm doing it with MY album! I'm so proud....
I've always said that I don't really want to be famous and meant it.
I just want to make good music and have people appreciate it. Thats what its about for me.... Thank you to everyone who has bought "Saved" so far.

If you haven't already got a copy you can grab on here

I'll be running round the UK this October playing tunes of from the record. Its called the ISLAND LIFE TOUR and i'll be joined by some amazing friends.

Check out the dates on the front of my myspace page! Come along and help me celebrate my first proper release. Hopefully see you there :) x

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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Blog Entry 20: Debut single Saved Out Now! Plus more new music.

Hello Lovelies.

Sorry I've been MIA for a while, but life is drastically busy right now.
Not that I'm complaining of-course. Its good to be busy!

My first single 'Saved' is out now!!!! Its been such a longtime coming. Thank you to everyone who's bought it thus far. For me my tunes are like my children, i've spent time raising them and i've grown fonder and fonder of them. I love the way they make people gush when they hear them for the first time.

But like any child they hit that teenage stage where they lose their charm. You count the days until you can send them to Uni so you can get back to the fun part of making them in the first place! Check out the video below. This performance felt like my child had come home from Uni, degree in hand looking mature and destined for great things. Does that make sense?

Thats what I love about writing songs, the personal journey you go through with them is as they change and develop is immense.

Hmmm.... So what else has been going on? Well we've been planning a tour so we can come see you all. The dates are nearly complete, I can tell you that we'll be pretty much everywhere in October alongside Miss Eliza Dolittle and a little headline action too! Realy looking forward to it.

More importantly my album 'Saved' is out this Sunday (13th.) I've been sitting on this bad boy for such long time, I don't know how to feel! I definitely feel relieved that i've gotten to this stage, but I'm also anxious to know what you will all think of it. Please go out and buy yourselves a copy so I can fill my fridge with steaks ha! Yeah right. Seriously though please do hunt a copy down on itunes or visit your local HMV.

Its been a while since I gave you some new stuff to listen to.
This track is called 'Hugo' - if you buy yourself a copy of my single 'Saved' you'll get this free!

You may remember a couple of blogs ago I was talking about doing a remix of Lauren Pritchard's 'Not The Drugs' well, its done and ready for your listening pleasure. Let me know what you think :)

Until the next time!

Tinashé x

Monday, 16 August 2010

Blog Entry 19: Storming the stage with Fools Gold - Union Chapel with The Noisettes and a review...

Hello guys!

Sorry its been nearly two weeks since my last blog!
I've pretty much been living in rehearsals and gladly so. Next to being on stage, its where I feel most happy at the moment, exploring the full potential of my songs in a live capacity is indescribably fulfilling. I've also had some really great gigs with some of my favorite bands.

On the 7th Of August I got a chance to share the stage with Fools Gold for the second time at Madame JoJo's.
I know I always say this but if you don't know who they are - you'll slap yourself swiftly across the face when you hear their music. If you'd prefer to hold the slapping and have me explain then I'd understand....
They make a fusion of Tropical Soul Afro-Pop that can only be described as life changing. Watching their gigs is an experience. Imagine how happy I was when they invited me to perform some mbira with them after my set.
Excitement overload & possibly a little pee in ones pants at the sheer thought! Luckily they're a very nice bunch and made me feel right at home about it all during sound check. My set went really well but the highlight of the night for me was jumping on stage and being a part of a tune called 'Night Dance' and what a dance we had. A great night.

They were also kind enough to do this Remix of 'Zambezi'

Zambezi (Fool's Gold Remix No Verse Vocal) by tinashemusic

The same night, after packing away all my gear we headed back home in a cab exausted and inspired. I reached my front door, put down all my gear - tapped my pockets in search of keys as you do. Well... you know what happens next....
3 hours, 4 phone-calls and 2 cigarettes later I gave up and called for a locksmith. Only to have the keys fall out of the secret compartment of my stupid bag whilst he ways half there. Great times. Thank god for honest people, he didn't charge me a penny. Am I getting old and losing my memory?

The next few days were spent in rehearsals again but this time preparing for the Vinspired
Lake of Stars gig at Union Chapel supporting my friends the Noisettes! The night had sold out so it helped to know you guys would create an amazing environment for us to perform in.
I hadn't seen nor performed a gig here so I was excited to say the least. I mean I knew it was a church but honestly, you have to go to Union Chapel to understand how special it is.
Its all about the acoustics. Singing in there makes you feel like an angel... I kid you not.
We converted our set to take advantage of the amazing natural reverberation its renowned for.
The first note I sung in sound check almost knocked of my feet, I actually had to sit down.
I wasn't nervous but for the first time in a long time I had expected nothing but to go up there and just have fun. The minute I stepped on stage I knew it was going to be a real enjoyable gig.

I specifically played 'Saved' first because of its spiritual feel. My voice bounced around the room with no bar or typical club night noise to interrupt, just pure silence and the blissful sound of my voice coming back at me. I've done a lot of exciting things in my life but I've never been that high.

If i'm honest the rest is mostly a blur of for me but this what this lovely gentleman thought about it and a little video to boot.

In fact here some images of both me and the Noisettes performing :)

What an amazing night and venue. Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket the money will help towards making sure the Malawian people have a great time when we go over in October. All in all an amazing couple of weeks.....

Speaking of weeks, Its only 3 weeks until my debut single is released! I'm so excited. Please do me a favor and dowload it here!

I'm back in rehearsals this week preparing to support the lovely 'I Blame CoCo' at Camp.
If you missed me at the Union chapel get yourself down there on the 24th of August i'm on at 8.15....

Take care and speak soon!

Tinashé xx

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Blog Entry 18: Who's Jack, Underage, Noisettes, MNEK and other fairly things you should know...

Hey guys!

Its been another week of shenanigans since my last blog and what a busy week indeed. I had a a really cool day at Proud galleries doing a shoot for Who's Jack Magazine and Puma.
Lots of familiar faces like Afrikan Boy, Chiddy Bang, Kwes and Goldierocks floating around enjoying the easiest part of the 'job' if you can even call it that!

You can check out Who's Jack Magazine here: it makes for a very good read. I also went in to the BBC Bush hall and recorded a little Mbira jam and interview, I haven't listened to it as I HATE the sound of my recorded speaking voice. But you can have a listen here:

The thing I was looking forward to the most last week was Underage Festival.
I dont like to divide my fans but, I love performing to my younger crew in a totally different way. You guys always seem to know the words which shocks me everytime and you generally know how to party. So, imagine my disappointment when I stepped on stage and there
was hardly a soul in sight haha! I've never performed to 'nobody' as i've always been blessed with lots of live love so, I knew
something was up... it turns out there was some kind of error in the printing of my stage time. In short, you all all thought I was on at 6pm but in fact I was actually on at 5pm! More than half way through there was a surge of lovely excited faces. Gutted. Please accept my apologies & thanks very much for coming. I really had fun playing for you! Big shout out to the whiz-kid producer/singer/songwriter Mr MNEK for popping along too.

If you don't know who this guy is, you should slap yourselves right now. He's just amazing... check him out here he recently remixed my first single 'Saved' and its the best remix i've had done of any of my stuff. Don't believe me? Take... that!

Pretty amazing huh? He can throw a shape or two and 'all haha!
After all the goodtimes at Underage I was ready to get back in the studio. I've started writing my next album already believe it or not so, i've got lots of stuff pouring out of me.

More importantly, i've been preparing for my next big show with my friends the Noisettes. I'm still getting over the fact that in a couple of months (15th October) we'll be out in Malawi playing the Vinspired Lake Of Stars Festival! Luckily we're doing a little warm up a show at the Union Chapel in Highbury, on the 12th of August so i'll get a chance whack out any old cobwebs. Come along if you can, its going to be very special.
I've invited a very special guest to come along and join me on stage.
I've never been good at keeping secrets so I might as well tell you.
Its the love Katie Pearl of Pearl and the Puppets! We did this together a wile ago.....

It really is going to be a very special evening.

Speaking of which i'd better get planning it! Until next week.... take care.

Goodbye xx

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Blog Entry 17: Radio 1 Rinsing 'Saved' and Cool Threads


I don't want to sound like some glowstick clutching - teenage raver but, I'm buzzing!
I've just had another daytime Radio 1 play of 'Saved' by the lovely Fearne Cotton.
As if that wasn't enough, I also had some love from Jo Whiley this weekend. Chuffed.

See, its a tough old business this
music stuff. For everyone of me there are a thousand odd, fighting for airplay in order to be heard and hopefully blow up.

We've been working really hard for months and months to get to this point. A massive thank you to Annie Mac, Kissy Sellout, Reggie Yates, Sinden, Dermot O'leary and anyone else who supported my EP's. The biggest thank you of-course goes to all of you! This wouldn't possible if you weren't all talking, buying and coming to gigs :)

Hmm what else has been going on.... I went to see Damien Marley and Nas perform last week at the Hammersith Apollo. They were amazing. Probably the most bass I've ever experienced in a venue.

I think thats where I caught this serious bout of man flu. Its obviously really annoying but, at the same time really positive for music making. I miss the days when I had the time to write and produce 2 tracks a week, so when i'm ill - thats just what I do.

I've been working on a remix for the beautiful,
multi - talented Lauren Pritchard. If you haven't heard of her, you need to go here:
She has one of those voices that make you stop doing whatever you're doing, go catch her live and you will not be disappointed. I'll post the remix up very soon for your listening pleasure.

I got word the other day that i'll be flying to NYC soon to play a few gigs!. I'm one of those people who googles everything, call it a thirst for knowledge. I even started planing on what I'll be wearing.
I'm really into this vibe at the moment.

Freaking cool or what?! I love clothes almost as much as I love music.
Although, I've come to realize that what I think looks fly doesn't always go down well with some people in Hackney. Being called a bounty from across the street (black on the outside white on the inside) used to get get on my nerves but now it just makes me laugh out loud.
Life to me is about self expression, art & music. I'll flaunt and explore all these till the cows come home! What do you think?

Anywho, I better go. I'm busy preparing for Underage Festival this week! Are you coming?
Its gonna be BIG.

Catch up soon!!

Tinashé x

Monday, 19 July 2010

Blog Entry 16: Video of backstage shenanigans and LB...

Hi guys.

Its Monday afternoon, the sun is shining, my neighbors are blasting out the teletubbies soundtrack. Life is pretty sweet. I'm still pretty buzzing from my set at Lovebox this weekend. I wasn't expecting more than ten people to turn up. But boy did you guys turn up!

The day didn't start so well. I was carted away by the police for a random drugs search at the entrance 30 mins before my set! By the time they realized that i'm an angel, I had to peg it across the whole of V park to make my set. But make it i did....

Walking off to 'one more song!' in full chorus at the end of it was brilliant. Thank you!

I'd been supporting the lovely Macy Gray at the the Leicester Sq Theatre for 3 days before LB. She has to be of the nicest artists I've had the pleasure to be around. She exudes this mega Ora that I can't quite describe.

When Macy and her band perform it feels like a show. Crowd participation, humor, charm and that special little bit of magic that tickles you from the inside out. It reminded me of greats like James Brown or Donny Hathaway when they performed.
Very few people can do that these days. I haven't felt that inspired in a while.

Have you ever wondered what Oli and I get up to backstage? Check it out....

Funtimes! By the way, I don't think I'm too sexy for any mirror anywhere in the world. That's just how I warm up. As you can imagine and probably see from the clip, I was really tired. LB was brilliant but walking around all day in the blazing heat after a string of dates isn't exactly ideal! Never the less I caught Dizzee's set which was awesome.

All in all, a wicked string of dates. I spent the weekend vegging out on the sofa with Super Street Fight 4... Love that game.

In other news - i'm gearing up for the release of my first single 'Saved' on the 5th of September! Also really looking forward to my next big gig Underage Festival! I'll be playing on the community stage so please come down and party with me! Don't forget to say hi....

Right, i'm off to my boxing lesson. Speak soonio!!!!

Tinashé xx