Originally from Cochrane, Alberta, Talia has recently moved to Vancouver and has been making waves in the local music industry!
In her own words she’s a dancer, singer, pianist and a performer. She’s RCM Grade 8 Certified and been dancing since the age of 3. We suspect that she learned how to dance before she could walk, but that’s just us.
Join her at: THE BEAUMONT STUDIOS, 316 W 5TH AVE, VANCOUVER, BC V5Y 1J0
Tickets are FREE!
Talia is also participating in StoryHive 2018 Music Edition for a chance to win a chance to make her very first music video! Stay tuned for the voting information as it starts very SOON!
eBOSS Canada asked Talia 10 Questions:
1. What was your journey to becoming a recording artist?
I knew I wanted to be a recording artist from a very young age. It really sunk in that this was what I was meant to do when I moved to Vancouver and started to meet other people in the industry. There are so many resources here for artists and it’s enabled me to explore and do what I really love.
2. What moment, in your career to date, are you most proud of? Why?
I am definitely proud of my EP release party. As my debut project I had no idea what I was getting myself into. There have been some obstacles and challenges but I’ve been able to figure them out with the help of the awesome team I have supporting me. It’s really forced me to prove to myself who I want to be as an artist.
3. What advice do you have for anyone interested in a singing career?
Commit. Commit, commit, commit. You have to decide that you’re embarking on this journey and you’re never going back. If you even have an ounce of doubt it’s going to pull you back. This path is not an easy one but it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
4. To some extent, social media has had an impact on all industries. How have you used social media to raise your profile?
Social media has been a huge part of raising awareness for my EP and my release party. It’s a very useful tool and has allowed me to reach audiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise but I also think it’s worth mentioning that it isn’t everything. On top of social media advertising you also have to be a walking billboard for yourself. An in person invite to an event, or a passionate conversation about your project can have just as much, if not more impact on your audience because it’s more personal.
5. How important is ‘collaboration’ when creating a song?
I think every artist is different but collaboration is super valuable to me. I am, like many artists, pretty hard on myself when it comes to my work and it’s helpful to have an outside perspective saying “this works but this doesn’t. I like this but this could change.”
6. What do you enjoy about performing in front of an audience?
Performing live is hard to explain. Many people find it terrifying but I would describe it as feeling like I’m home. I get super nervous before going on stage which I think is a good thing – If you’re not nervous you don’t care – But as soon as I get up on that stage there is no place I’d rather be. Music is a language that everyone understands and I love being able to connect with people through it.
7. Talk to us about all the behind-the-scenes technicalities! What is it like working with record labels, entertainment lawyers, SOCAN, personal managers, PR firms, online or in-store distributors?
This industry is interesting because you are a person but you are also a business and you are constantly having to balancing the two. It isn’t a 9 – 5 where you can clock out and go home. You always have to be thinking about how you’re representing yourself. So far I have loved working with everyone that I have run into on this journey. There is a very human aspect to this industry and a huge sense of community. People tend to want to help eachother out because everyone understands how difficult it can be.
8. People often say ‘making it as a recording artist is a lot of hard work’? Can you define ‘hard work,’ to give us a sense of how much energy needs to go into building a successful recording career?
It is definitely a lot of hard work. You have to be willing to do anything for your future. When you commit you’ll be pulling 7am – midnight days seven days a week. This path will fuel your soul but it’s not going to fill your bank account at first. While creating and rehearsing this EP I’ve been working a full time job, teaching piano part time, organizing other events, and somehow trying to keep my house clean (that doesn’t happen lol) but I wouldn’t change it for anything because I’m doing what I love.
9. What can the music industry do differently in order to grow?
I feel like we can always be doing more to build the community. If we’re able to focus on our personal careers but also focus on helping our peers we will build connections and create opportunities twice as fast as we would on our own. We’re all human and we’re humans trying to make it in a difficult industry. The best thing we can do is help each other out.
10. We all have mentors. These are the people who give us the hope, inspiration, and the drive to keep going. In the industry, who are the people who have been your mentors and why?
There are so many people who have inspired me and shaped me into the artist I am today. The first person who really pushed me and believed in me was a hip hop teacher that I had when I was 8. He saw something in me that no one else had and reinforced the idea in my head that I really could do this. Since then I have been truly lucky with the amount of people that have believed in me. Friends, family, teachers, peers, people who don’t even know me! I feel very lucky to have the support system that I have.
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