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INTERVIEW: Red Tan

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Don’t You Dare!”?

I’m good, thank you! “Don’t You Dare!” is my new take on pop and electronic dance music. It is daring and empowering. Although the music style is modern, it has deep influences from my past life experiences.

Did any event, in particular, inspired you to write this song?

Being alone in an unfamiliar environment inspired me to write about my strength and confidence. I’m a young widow and single mom. Depression and anxiety hit me and has been a challenge but putting it to writing (and singing) strengthened my coping skills. “Don’t You Dare!” aims to inspire everyone to use the challenges, failures, criticisms, rejections and even mental health setbacks as stepping stones to rise up and do more to achieve their goals. That’s exactly what I did and I thank these circumstances for helping me become a stronger and better person.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes. It was shot and conceptualized by a top-caliber team headed by Loraa White in an old factory in Central London and will be released by August 2019.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote it in a small Airbnb apartment in Southampton, UK and recorded it with Luke Adams (@stlunamusic) at River Studios, which is also located in Southampton. Writing alone in a place unfamiliar to me was a bit challenging at the same time helpful. When you are in situations like that, you become stronger and it’ll reflect on your lyrics. LOL! The recording was a fun learning experience. You get to know amazing and talented people.

What was it like to work with Luke Adams and how did that relationship develop?

Luke is an amazing and very talented music engineer, songwriter and singer. He listens well on what I want to do for my songs yet surpasses my expectations when it comes to results. I’m thankful to my mentor Chris Grayston for recommending the right people for my tracks.

How much did he get to influence the song?

The music he did is powerful and has a bit of an attitude so I have to match it with empowering and strong lyrics as well. The words were flowing naturally in me while I was listening to his music.

Working with a team both in the UK and the US – how does the environment and different musical perspectives each has to share gets to shape and influence your writing as a whole?

I don’t know exactly how to answer this but I think they’re roughly the same talented individuals with different styles and accents. (LOL) I learned a lot from working with both.

What role does the Philippines play in your music?

Filipinos are generally happy and resilient people. They’ve gone through a lot of challenges but still manage to live happily. I think I’ve adapted this kind of Filipino character and it contributed so much to where I am right now. I am more driven and determined in terms of my career and stronger as a person. That’s what I’m proud to share to the world and that reflects in most of my lyrics. I’m proud of my heritage.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

It’s a totally different me, a different version of me and my music. I’ve been singing jazz professionally since I was 16 and verging into pop EDM is a huge jump. I didn’t expect I can do it but hey, I did.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

“Don’t You Dare!” will be released on July 26 on most digital platforms.

Any plans to hit the road?

No tours and gigs as of the moment as I am gearing towards working on a full album, doing music videos and some self-development. But, I will definitely fly back to LA and London soon to coordinate with my publicists to promote this track.

What else is happening next in Red Tan’s world?

Planning to release an EP after this single then an album by 2020. Sounds cliché but my dream is to inspire millions of people with my songs.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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