T1 with Tati: Interview with Tatianna from RuPaul's Drag Race
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We recently sat down to talk with Drag Race alumna Tatianna about her new album T1, her web series, and all things RuPaul’s Drag Race. Tatianna rose to fame on the second season of Drag Race only to return for All Stars 2 to show viewers the full force of her talents, becoming a fan favourite renowned for her no BS attitude, wry humour and killer looks. With her hit spoken-word single ‘Same Parts’ she put herself on the map as a rising music talent, and her new album which is out now solidifies this title, with tracks ranging from catchy dance numbers to smooth ballads you’ll have playing on repeat. Could you talk about what inspired you to put out a new album? Well I had worked with Madscience who produced ‘Same Parts’ right after All Stars, and that ended up being a success, so we kept playing around and recording tracks and it just made sense to make a full album. I have been recording for the past year, since May – I was on the road, writing and then coming home and recording before returning to touring. The songs are inspired by men, relationships, parting, the life of a drag queen, but I wanted it to not be drag music per se, but something a broad audience could connect with. I know it’s like trying to pick a favourite child, but do you have a favourite track on the album or a few that really resonates with you? I’ve always been really drawn to ‘Cya’ because it has a cool mix of references, with a tinge of 90s beat which I really appreciate. I love ‘Try’ which I got to work on with my hometown girl Salvadora Dali. It was such a fun, organic collaboration. I like ‘Shut it down’ because of its history. On All Stars 2 we had a challenge to write rap lyrics for ‘Read You Wrote You’ and they had told us a few days before to start writing lyrics. I left before that challenge so I took the verses I didn’t get to use on for that track and put them into ‘Shut it down’. Is there anything, in particular, you want fans to take away from the album? Just enjoy it! The overarching theme is empowerment, you don’t need anyone else to do what you want to do. I didn’t realise that was the message I was putting across, I was just writing from me, but listening to the final line up I realised: oh, I’m an independent bitch, werk! You have your new show on Wow Presents Plus, T with Tati, can you explain how the idea for the show came about? World of Wonder approached me about doing a few episodes and while we were tossing around ideas they suggested I do spoken word pieces. I wasn’t so sure about that because ‘Same Parts’ wasn’t originally intended to be spoken word, I wrote it at 16 as a rap but that’s how it turned out. I’m really into talking about stuff, so I said, let’s just talk some shit. It was very organic, if you give me too much direction it doesn’t feel authentic, the episodes are me chit chatting basically and I’m really happy people are enjoying it!
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