Chicago artist Tatiana Hazel is one of the best young acts out, so I knew I had to bring her in for our latest Q&A segment! I first discovered Tatiana’s music roughly a year ago and I have considered myself a fan ever since, she has put out some of the best music from Chicago in that time in my opinion with her sensational TOXIC EP. I believe that in the next few years she is going to blossom into a star before our very eyes not only with her ear pleasing music, but her impressive fashion endeavors as well. Learn a thing or two about Tatiana Hazel below while you stream her EP, and if you like it be sure to keep up with her by giving her a follow on Twitter here!
Before we dive into the questions, give our readers who may not be familiar with you a brief introduction of yourself.
A: I remember listening to all of my older sisters’ CDs before I owned any myself. I would listen to a lot of Slipknot, The Cranberries, Missy Elliot, and my sister had a super early copy of a Taking Back Sunday CD that I loved (lol). Also, I remember staying up really late and listening to Chicago house DJ mixes on the radio. Most of the music I listened to had explicit lyrics so I had to listen secretly without my parents realizing because I was like 10 years old.
A: I started creating music when I was 11 years old
A: I don’t really remember what my inspiration was to create music at that age. I just know I loved doing it and always wanted to be a musician, even before I knew I was any good at it.
Who are some of your biggest influences musically?
A: Honestly, I can’t really remember. The earliest CD I can remember owning myself is Shakira’s Dónde Están los Ladrones, so maybe that.
A: That’s SO hard, there are so many! Probably Frank Ocean.
A: It’s been one year since I started designing clothing now. It all started because I couldn’t find cool enough clothes to wear for my shows, so I began making my own. I bought a sewing machine and watched youtube tutorials until I had an idea of how I could make my visions a reality. I started posting my creations on my instagram story and people started commissioning me to create custom pieces via dm’s. Since then, I’ve gone on to make two collections. My TOXIC collection went along with my EP, TOXIC, and was modeled at the Apple store for my EP release. My clothes have been featured in Valee’s Juice & Gin video and worn by Kali Uchis during her sold out Chicago show at the Riv. I’ve stopped taking as many custom orders so that I can focus on music, but my goal has always been to continue designing for other artists.
A: Actually I came up with the name TOXIC almost three years ago. It was originally a two part project each with 7 songs on it. I scrapped all 14 songs and then made another project that I also decided not to release. I wrote all the songs that are actually on the EP during the fall and winter of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. I was finally getting out of a toxic place in my life and I had taught myself to produce and the project came together pretty effortlessly.
A: Right now it’s a song that hasn’t come out yet, but my opinions on my own songs are constantly changing so we’ll see!
A: I would probably be on the business side of music. I was actually studying music business for a bit and wanted to be an artist manager before fully focusing on my own career. Other than that, the only other thing I ever dreamed of being as a kid was an architect. I used to always draw really strange looking buildings.
A: LMAO, International Players Anthem for suuuure.
A: I see myself being a successful artist overall, not only music. I think my career as a musician will grow, but I also want to expand my clothing line and write and produce music for other artists.