Following the release of ‘You Lost Me,’ musician Tatum Quinn gave us her time for an interview. This formidable songstress is an artist to watch in 2022.
What is your earliest music memory?
Hmm, that’s a great question… My earliest music memory has to be when I used to sit in my bedroom with my cd-walkman & my big pouch of CDs listening to Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boy, Christina Aguilera or NSYNC. Daydreaming about the day that I’d be able to be on stage, singing & dancing in front of the world, just like my then idols did!
Who or what got you into music?
My parents were the ones who got me into music. They have a HUGE love & appreciation for music, & I remember every day after school, my parents would bring me into our dining room (where we kept all our CDs) & they’d let me choose whatever CD looked appealing to me! It ranged from Aerosmith to Eva Cassidy, to Stevie Wonder, to The Eagles & I loved every minute of it!
Who influenced your latest release, ‘You Lost Me’?
‘You Lost Me’ was influenced by a toxic relationship I was in for many years. We both loved each other very much, but we’re also very aware of the toxicity that was us being together! I felt that I worked so hard to try to make the relationship work & in the end, it just became a never-ending battle because when one party is unwilling to see their part in the situation, it becomes impossible to fix!
‘You Lost Me’ is the second track in a trilogy of releases, can you tell us more?
It’s kind of funny because my songs weren’t written with the intention of being a ‘trilogy’; it was more like a happy accident! We start off with my first release, ‘Set You Straight’, which was the angry, revenge-driven anthem that we all sometimes need when we’re going through a break-up! Hating the person who put you through that type of pain & wanting them to feel a glimpse of what you’re feeling!
Then came ‘You Lost Me’, which is your start to the healing process & the beginnings of acknowledging your worth. Accepting that the situation was what it was & finding peace within those thoughts! While being unapologetically yourself & finding the people who accept you for you!
Soon to be released is the third part of the trilogy, called ‘Back In Time’. ‘Back In Time’ is that song where time has passed, and you’ve reflected on your life, and the past situation & are confident with how much better off you are now without them!
It takes a lot of time to go through these 3 phases of grief but man, when you get to ‘You Lost Me’ & ‘Back In Time’, It feels SO good!
You trained at Berklee College of Music; what was that like?
Berklee was a really awesome experience! The students & teachers you get to meet and work with are absolutely incredible!
Berklee really is that place that encourages creatives to polish their craft while teaching you so much more! I’ve always struggled in school due to my learning disability, Dyslexia. I’ve struggled daily to achieve passing grades! But when I got to Berklee, I realized that regular schooling isn’t for everybody & unfortunately, the schooling system isn’t equipped to really teach students like me!
So going to Berklee and getting A’s was super shocking but gave me so much confidence in knowing that I am where I need to be!
What’s your dream venue to play?
Ooo! That one’s easy! Madison Square Garden!
It has always been my biggest dream to one day sell out Madison Square Garden & get to perform on a stage that most of my biggest idols performed on!
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
It’s hard, I wouldn’t say there is anything else other than music that I’m passionate about, but there are things that I really enjoy doing! Drawing, Dancing & Skateboarding are some of my favourite things to do other than music!
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
Honestly, there are a lot of things I’d like to change about the music business & the music industry in general!
A big one is gatekeeping. In the music industry, it’s SO difficult for independent artists to breakthrough because there is so much unwillingness to be helpful or interested in new emerging artists!
Another thing I’d like to change is the concept that “Sex Sells” or you have to be the “ideal” body type to be popular, or you have to “show some skin” to catch peoples attention! I often wonder, “What happened to the music?!”
Lastly, the idea of “everyone is your competition” has to go in my opinion because music is SO subjective & there are enough people on the planet that like variation! Meaning there is a market & a spot for every person to achieve their goals in the music industry because there are enough people in the world who want to listen!
How do you feel about how the internet plays a role in today’s music business?
I think in one way it’s cool because access to music has because easier, but on the other hand, artists suffer from that because they aren’t really making money off of their music anymore! Because of how accessible it has become with all these different streaming platforms!
I definitely see both sides of it! I think there are benefits to both sides!
What would it be if you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music?
I want to inspire people! I want fans to take away from my music that you don’t have to fit into the stereotypical mould to be beautiful or to have people like you!
You can & should be unapologetically yourself because the RIGHT people will love you for it! In my community, we welcome everybody in with open arms and encourage you to be exactly who you are, with zero judgement!!
What is your favourite song to play live?
Ou! That’s a tough one! I think my current favourite song to play live is ‘You Lost Me’ because I get to be super energetic & playful and get the crowd involved!
On another note, I just want to say a huge thank you to FVMUSICBLOG for having me! It’s been such a blast!
FVMusicBlog – Thank you, Tatum! Read our review of ‘You Lost Me’ here!
FVMusicBlog February 2022