Tence Interview

by the partae
Where are you currently based?
Nottingham.How did you first start playing music?
I was always into music. I first started playing piano in Littleover Derby when I was 6.

What’s been happening recently?
Just had my first release party and it went way better than I imagined. I was really stressed about it and wanted people to enjoy themselves and looking at the videos back it looks like they did.Your latest single ‘Antidote’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
A lot of influence from Dave’s album Psychodrama. But I actually wrote the 8 bar break in the middle (the antidote bars) 2 years ago in Lockdown when I think everyone was struggling with mental health and loneliness.

How did you go about writing Antidote?
I wanted to write a song which is relevant to what I’ve been seeing more recently, regarding social media, mental health and politics. I wanted to shed a light on all the lies that the Tory government are giving out and the pure stupidity of the past prime ministers who have been in power most recently, for example Boris Johnson. I truly hope we escape this period of inflation right now and the world changes for the better. I want people to relate to what I’m saying and if they do or not I don’t mind but I appreciate anyone who takes the time of their day to play one of my songs.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who did you work with?
The track was produced by The Deadrose Music Company, a very good friend who’s a talented producer and engineer and also a big inspiration to me. I recorded the 1st draft vocal of antidote in a home studio and realised it had a lot of potential. So then took it to Elementz studio in Nottingham to get a better, more clean recording. The engineer in Elementz was Andy Zoutr, another good friend and a talented producer/ engineer. The master was done by Gawp music (a good friend of Deadrose).

How did you approach the recording process?
I delivered the vocal with more energy and feeling, compared to my other more laid back flow. I felt that more expression in the vocal was needed due to the topics I talk about in the song.

What is the meaning behind this single?
I wanted to show a different and more vulnerable side to my music hoping people would connect with my songs more.
Please tell us about any upcoming music:
The upcoming singles are bangers, a couple more collaborations coming up as well…Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m listening to a lot of Jhus at the moment, he just dropped a project and I’m a big fan of it.

What’s planned for the remainder of 2023?
This year I want to and will stay consistent with my music and releases.

Favourite food and place to hangout?
When I’m home I love eating boiled eggs with toast. But when I’m out having food at the moment I like getting a spicy chicken burger and chips lol, it’s just peng.  And honestly, my favourite to hang out is my room, because I have everything that I need there…. my music setup and a TV, couldn’t ask for more.

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