Hi Tash, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Tash: Been great thanks so much. Very fortunate to have my health and ability to make music.
- Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Something Ain’t Right”?
It’s truly a departure musically for me. I’d never been as direct or honest about a worldwide subject, lyrically speaking, that was as personal to me as being a black man.
- Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Frankly, being black my whole life, with two parents that went to Howard University, I had a bit of background on the situation. After Philando Castile’s murder by the state was aired on television, I had my guitar and wrote this song through tears.
- What was the creative process behind the video?
My brother and I, after George Floyd’s murder, spoke briefly through text and sadly reflected that this song makes sense right now. And we were both upset about that. My brother, being a visual artist, I trusted and knew he could understand what I needed to convey through this song. He’s an incredible visual artist, without him this vision would not be complete.
- How was the recording and writing process?
The writing process was sad because I was trying to convey the simplicity of why humanity should be kind to one another, despite skin color. The recording process was extremely cathartic and fun. Wanted to play very aggressively on this one and we did.
- What role does NYC play in your music?
NYC literally is where I was born and where I grew up. I feel so fortunate to grow up here, in that you’ll hear, within one block, a Biggie Smalls song playing and then a Bachata song playing. New York’s openness and diversity very much represents how I write and play. New York is also where I was pretty much killed and left for dead in a car accident.
- Would you call this a complete departure from your previous musical work?
I would say it’s a very important transition piece. It represents truth telling lyrically, as well as a sonic exploration, musically. Kind of a point of no return.
- Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
It does. And stay tuned. I’m extremely proud of this collection of material that’s about to be released.
- Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Oh yes. Very very excited about introducing music to the world. And we’ve definitely got the title together, that fits with the entire vibe.
- What else is happening next in Tash Neal’s world?
Very much looking forward to playing this new, live music for people again. Also excited to share more songs, from this collection, with everyone that are incredibly important to me as a survivor of death, and as a person.