Tiana Major9 is the kind of talent that doesn’t come around every day. Her gut-wrenching blend of soul, jazz and RnB grabs you instantly, and doesn’t let go easily. Her sound - nuanced and melodic, complemented by her honeyed voice - is set to take her far. But it’s a sound that has been a while in the making. The East London native spent her teenage years on the gig circuit, building up a steady and dedicated fanbase, which culminated in the release of her recent EP Rehearsal @ NINE earlier this year. With new music on the horizon, we grab five minutes with the burgeoning star to talk songs, style and support.
Growing up, I used to listen to a lot of gospel, RnB and jazz music. It wasn’t until secondary school that I found my way through hip hop and started paying attention to the lyrical aspect of music. Lauryn Hill was a big influence, as was Brandy and D’Angelo.
Receiving support from fellow artists is very important and greatly appreciated. We’re all on a journey in music so support from our peers is essential.
D’Angelo or Stevie Wonder for sure!
I don’t have one message but I would love for my supporters to relate and identify with my lyrics.
My mum is very stylish, I would say she’s an influence. But also, music and TV played a big role in determining my style. When I started off as an artist, I would read magazines and watch old music videos of artists in the 90s, then go to a thrift store and recreate the outfits. Today, I like to move around on stage so I make sure to wear things I’m comfortable in as opposed to wearing looks to fit a particular style. For some artists, having a distinct style is part of their artistry and for others it’s not hugely important, it just
New music! More shows! More videos! More looks!