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 am Tatiana Hazel, a Mexican-American artist from Chicago. I have been writing songs and playing guitar since I was about 11 years old and started releasing original songs on my youtube channel when I was 13. After building a following on youtube I took some time off of making videos to learn how to produce my own music. I began releasing singles in the summer of 2017, which led to me gaining the support of streaming platforms such as Apple Music. In July of 2018 I released my debut EP, TOXIC, and am currently working on my next project. 

What is your earliest memory of music?

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.

When did you first start creating music?

A: I started creating music when I was 11 years old

Who/what inspired you to start creating music?

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. 

How would you describe your music to someone who has never listened before?
A: I would describe my music as indie pop, with the exception of a few Spanish singles that are more cumbia/dembow.

Who are some of your biggest influences musically?

A: Some of my biggest influences are Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean, Selena, and Kurt Cobain. I don’t really think I sound like any of my influences at all, but their writing styles played a large role in the way I approach writing lyrics.

Do you remember the first album you ever purchased?

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.

If you could collab with one person dead or alive who would it be?

A: That’s SO hard, there are so many! Probably Frank Ocean.

Can you speak on your fashion endeavors?

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.

What’s your favorite music video of all time?
A: I would say Erykah Badu’s video for “Window Seat”
Who are some Chicago artist that you would like to collab with in the future?
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Can you speak on the creation process of your new TOXIC EP

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.

What is your personal favorite song that you have ever created?

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!

If you weren’t a singer what would you be?

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.

The National Anthem or The International Players Anthem?

A:  LMAO, International Players Anthem for suuuure.

What’s your favorite book
A: I don’t know if I have a favorite book right now. Lately I’ve mostly been reading a lot of comics.
What can our readers expect from you for the rest of 2018?
A: I plan on releasing one more song this year, but we’ll see! Other than that, I’m mostly working on material for 2019.
Last question, where do you see yourself in five years?

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.