Recently James Lowe from The IDEA Magazine sat down with one of the very exciting artists on the scene. The following is a written interview we conducted with the artist while they were working on their next CD and Tour. First off
I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busey schedule to talk to us here today, as i know our readers have been requesting us get you in here some how some way. You folks have been described by your fans as internet
sensations in this interview we will attempt to figure out how this artist became such a great performer and what they have going forward.
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up? Yea … it all started with a photoshoot. I’ve been singing in the church choir since I was old enough to talk and remember the words. I grew up very reserved, but eventually I got a hold of the mic and took lead. I didn’t start rapping and songwriting until about three years ago when I started to pursue music professionally. I mean I was on my way to becoming the world’s greatest accountant until I took a sabbatical from work. I wanted to see if entertaining was something I could do as a career and not just a hobby. I met a producer in Queens at my first professional photoshoot. He was looking for someone to lay some reference vocals to some of the tracks he produced to submit to Jazmine Sullivan for placement. After I saaaang for him lol, he asked me “Do you write?” I said “I do now!”. I went home and wrote 10 song in like 2 hours. Once I put the melodies to the music, I had caught the artist bug, bad!
Tell us about the band’s name? My name is Tamara Bubble. Tamara is my middle name. ‘Bubble’ was given to me lol … when guys said it, it was out of pure lust lol. When girls said it, it was because of my personality.
What is your latest album and why should people buy it? Latest project is Living It Up and is perfect for the summer with all the good weather, good food, good vacations and great memories coming along this summer. Now’s the perfect time to get good music to go with it. Living It Up is now available on iTunes.
How would you categorize the style of the band? Real, raw and undefined! I do everything from Dance to Hip Hop, blending elements of Jazz and Soul. My vocal range is bananas too (baritone to Soprano). My music is based on things I see, feel and experience. Whatever’s real to me because that’s what people can relate to. I record the good, the bad and ugly. I’m all about blending genres and speaking on touchy subjects. I enjoy singing or rapping about the big pink elephant in the room. I love writing about the things that we all know goes on, but nobody wants to talk about. I’m perfectly comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Can you share with us one or two of your favorite moments with the band? Hmmm well a couple of woo-sahhs later I can laugh at this! My first show on the “Unleashed” promo tour was a doozy. Well, getting there anyway. I over packed because well I’m a girl and tend to bring everything I own for a one day trip. Ended up having to dump everything to make room for the merchandise I was selling at the show (posters, t-shirts, CDs) and then had nerve to miss my flight GRRR! Ahem … I won’t name names LOL. Next, I got hustled by the flight agent and paid extra for this unguaranteed standby flight and also had issues renting the pre-reserved, NONREFUNDABLE, rental car!! Unfortunately I don’t walk around with copies of utility bills in my back pocket GRRRR!! Now, over 4 hours late (and been growling all day), I no longer have time to stop by the hotel, check in, shower and change. AIRPORT bathroom is the new Marriott! Then, this freaking taxi guy (not knowing that we’re already 4 hours late), takes the scenic route from the airport (plays the GPS game) to run up the meter GRRRRRR! When I get there though, my attitude changed and all things were Bubbly! People waiting to see the “Bubble On Deck” was such an amazing feeling! Atlanta showed so much love ^_^.
The moral of that story is don’t miss your flight lol no I just learned that no matter what’s going on in your day, when you have a show, your job as an artist is to entertain!
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process? I do all the writing. I’m a solo act babes!
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums? Extremely important. The concepts of my songs have to powerful, comical and sexy … all things bubbly! The lyrics have to be on point too. After all, what’s the point of making music with no message.
What are your current tour plans, if any? Next show is at the Hard Rock Café, Atlanta GA. And I’m currently working on putting the summer tour together for ‘Living It Up’. All my shows are posted on my official website under ‘events’.
Describe your live performance? It depends on the venue, the set length and the expected crowd. I have so much material and I can bring live band and dancers and the whole 9 yards, but what I’m remembered for is the fact that I can stand alone with a hype man to some backing tracks or I can do a capella.
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene? New York music scene is very much crabs in a barrel. So much competition lol, but then again you’re competing with all the artist in the world because everything is online. I do find that more and more people are artist, whether it’s their passion or not and so they’re not supportive because they’re working on their own movement. Lol very dog-eat-dog mentality. I prefer chicken or beef. I don’t eat dog lol
Why do you think people are into your music? People want real relatable music. People don’t only listen to one genre. Nobody is as compartmentalized as the way music is marketed. I do so many genres on many subjects, but it’s authentic.
What is the most played track on your iTunes? My song Get Loud
What is your most cherished musical object? My voice. I try to take care of it by flossing gargling and brushing my teeth lol
Do you have go-to album on a rainy day? Michael Jackson lol Bad!! I don’t wanna be depressed I was sing and dance in the rain lol that makes it go away quicker
First band t-shirt you ever purchased at a concert? First concert I ever went to was Bilal. He was amazing
Last record you purchased? Maxwell … That pretty wings song did it for me
If for some reason you lost the ability to make and play music, what would fill that gap? Acting, dancing, some form of entertainment … or I’d just go make some money as an accountant
Would there be any one band or musician that would surprise us that you are listening to them? Probably not, I listen to the classics in many genres: Lena Horne, Notoruius B.I.G., Lil Kim, SWV, Brownstone, Boyz II Men, 112, 702, Take 6, John P Kee and the list goes on
Where can our readers find your band on the internet? My official website is http://TamaraBubble.com but you can also find me on http://youtube.com/
How has Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) impacted your band? It’s been a big help. I have supporters all over the world. I get feedback instantly from fans before I even go to radio for promotions. The networking is easier with DJs, promoters. A great deal of convenience come along with the Internet.
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments or words of advice for the readers of tyhe idea magazine Always set goals (long and short term) that way you have a way to measure your success. You define your level of success.