Hi Tizane, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thanks for having me – I’m like everybody else, learning to feel my way through the bleak ‘new normal’. I must confess to having been quite a fan of the old normal so I have to be filed under ‘Unwilling Participant”.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “He Took It All Back”?
He took it all back is a simple tale of love and loss – something of a recurring theme in my songs. It’s all a bit odd really as I haven’t exactly excelled in the love department and therefore by default have little firsthand knowledge of loss either. In truth all of my songs have meaning and connection for me, but I love it when others interpret them entirely differently. That’s what art is, I think. Sometimes an explanation can break a spell for a listener who has already created their own images and understandings.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I think it would be fairer to say that an amalgamation of events, some personal, some third party brought me- to the lyric. ‘It’s the last time’ – a sudden realization that everything that had existed between two people is going to spontaneously decompose and never be restored. All the fun, laughter, gentleness and secrets gone in a single cross word – you know? He took it all back – all of it! I’m making myself cry.
What made you want to pay tribute to The Shining with the visual for the video?
Its just the geek in me. I get really obsessed with music, movies and particularly games. With ‘The Shining’, it was the haunting feelings of isolation and the ever-blurring worlds of reality, hallucination, and horror. I love the idea of pastiche and I hope to mix further tributes into my visual output.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
Very Surreal on different levels. Firstly, my manager had, against all odds, found an abandoned hotel so we all felt a genuine connection with the darkness and isolation experienced by the Kubrick characters. Also of course it was filmed when lockdown was only just beginning to ease, and we wanted to keep the body count to the barest minimum. With the notable exception of Director, Rico and his assistant, Stuart, it was pretty much a family affair. I’m blessed with incredible parents and a fine team of siblings.
How was the recording and writing process?
Again the Geek factor comes to the fore and I absolutely love recording and producing. I tend to do it in the middle of the night in my home studio. My dad has actually single handedly built me an all singing, all dancing, stand alone facility in the garden. Just amazing. Believe it or not, many of my songs come from dreams. I wake up and they’re there. I then play them through on an acoustic guitar and once I think they have shape, I add my keyboard lines, bass and vocals.
What was it like to work with George Kimpton and how did that relationship develop?
He’s very sweet. He lives near me and he saw me at an open-mic event. He somehow got talking to my mum, who was telling him about my songs and recordings. She sent him a couple of links and he just really loved it, so it went from there. He’s incredibly supportive and we’ve become great mates.
How much did he get to influence the song?
I don’t think he ever really sought to do that. He liked my style right from the outset, so he started with an ‘if it’s not broke don’t fix it’ kind of attitude. He has acted as a facilitator really; he’s done so much and given me real self-belief.
How has the likes of Kate Bush and Billie Eilish influenced your writing?
Well, people do make those comparisons, but there are much more crucial influences in truth. I came to music originally through the overriding influence of my mother who has an amazing singing voice – very Westend. My early pop entre was Ariana Grande who I still think of as a Biblical Deity. Through her, I mentally married Mac Miller – and there’s my most resonant instance of love and loss. When Mac died, a part of me went with him, but I soaked up all his production ideas and lyrical concepts, repackaged them and became Tizane.
I’m still enthusiastically listening to Mac, and mention him by name in ‘He took it all back’. I also love ethereal, Avant-garde artists like Moses Sumney.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely! The debut album is now complete. Sixteen tracks ready to roll. We’re not entirely sure of our release plans. We may squeeze one more single this year and release the album in January. It will come as a CD and a gatefold double vinyl. I’m so excited for it, I’m losing my mind.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
It’s going to be called Cherry – which, incidentally, was another ‘dream’ track. It’s one of my personal favorites and immediately become the Album moniker.
Any plans to hit the road?
I so want to, but planning is something of a fool’s errand right now, with Covid blowing around.
What else is happening next in Tizane’s world?
Well, I really like the idea of Cherry as a single and maybe squeezing it out this year. I have a half-baked idea of shooting the video in a fifty’s soda shop with kitsch furniture, milkshakes and a rocking jukebox. Think Riverdale meets Grease. I can just see me in them Olivia Newton John spandex pants.