aka Tanya Batt
Having met on the tin-strewn floor of the Meredith Music Festival amphitheater, there was clearly only one direction for our friendship to go; up. Tanya is one of those bright souls that spark into your world, bubbling like an effervescent Berocca to give you life when you thought you had none. Her music, is much the same. Bleeding heartache through a voice that can melt butter, she says the things you only wish you had (see For That I'm Sorry, or any of her songs... really). However, the space-obsessed artist has recently been on an incredible musical journey of her own, so we thought it was time we checked in...
You’ve recently gone through a trans-formative process. What do you feel you had to leave behind and where do you think you are now?
It’s quite interesting to look back now, even though it wasn’t long ago since I released ‘Lie To Me’ which was the last song of the previous chapter, it was a very long time ago I wrote that song with Ficci (her previous collaborative producer). I’m not quite sure what I left behind, my friendship with Ficci is still there and that’s what mattered to me most. He is super supportive and knew it was the right thing for me to do. For me at this current moment I’m in the best place I could be creatively. I’m finally at a point where I’m confident in what I’m creating and feel I’m finally sharing and making what I hear and want people to hear from me. I’m in a really great place and have never felt so excited to share music.
A career in music can be a tumultuous endeavour, what keeps you grounded when everything else seems so afloat?
Phwoarr, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, but actually. Luckily I have some really amazing and supportive people in my life, as I don’t have much of a routine I do try to have certain things I do. I used to do a lot of yoga and that helped ground me, I have let that slip recently though and I do notice that. Other than that I do exercise a fair bit and make sure I listen to a lot of podcasts that aren’t music related. I think trying to make sure I do things outside of music really helps me stay grounded. If I get too lost in just music I start losing touch and feel a little suffocated. I try to read a lot to help with that too.
Make music you want to make, that’s what people want to hear.
I know it’s simple, but what does music mean to you?
Music to me, as common as this sounds, means the world to me. It helps me breathe when I feel like I can’t, it helps soundtrack moments in life to help with memories and remembering things, it helps take me on journeys that normally you wouldn’t experience. It helps me process emotions, I feel like it just goes hand in hand with everything making it better. It’s pretty special how people create these songs and they put a part of themselves in it, you’re not just falling in love with the song but them also, they put something in it that can’t really be captured in another song because if it’s done right it’s totally unique to that individual and you’re experiencing a part of millions of different people.
If you could share a sound with someone for the very first time, what would it be?
A baby or kid of young age laughing. I don’t think you can get much of a purer sound than that. It’s so real and natural and contagious. It practically fills your heart with such warmth. (I know that’s not music related but, you know)
Is there one song or artist that you keep coming back to throughout your life?
Why do you believe your hearing is worth taking care of (if you do!)?
Everything that we are lucky enough to have that works within our bodies we should take care of. We are so quick to self destruct ourselves and not take care of ourselves, even with what we eat/drink. As a race I find we take our incredible bodies for granted. Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and you couldn’t hear anymore? To me that would beyond destroy me, everything is important and we shouldn’t take anything for granted. It’s pretty simple to just do some research and pop in some earplugs at a gig etc.
If you could change/suggest one thing on the topic of hearing & music, what would it be?
If you’re at a gig and it hurts because it’s so loud, go and ask the bar for earplugs, and then do some research into getting some actual earplugs and protect yourself. It doesn’t take away the enjoyment of the music it just makes you enjoy it more. Also, invest in better headphones, because you’ll probably find you don’t turn the music up as much to try hear detail because it’s there at a lower volume with good earplugs/headphones. Also, take breaks if you’re surrounded by music for long periods of time. You’d give your legs a rest if you were going on a huge walk so give your ears a rest if you’re smashing them with music for 6 hours straight.
I’m finally at a point where I’m confident in what I’m creating and feel I’m finally sharing and making what I hear and want people to hear from me.
If you could give one piece of advice to young musicians and music lovers, what would it be?
To Young Musicians - It’s totally ok to make mistakes but try learn from them, also educate yourselves within the business side of things, that way people won’t take advantage of you as much, also try not to follow trends. Make music you want to make, that’s what people want to hear.
To Music Lovers - Keep listening to music, keep buying or streaming music, keep going to gigs and keep reaching out to the artists and telling them why you do the above. That will ensure that the music you love and the musicians you love can keep making music for themselves and for you.
Any exciting things coming up for you musically?
SO MUCH YES TO THIS QUESTION!! I just began recording my debut EP last Saturday! And although I already have 6 singles out, I never made an EP yet because I knew I wasn’t making what I wanted yet. Now I know what I want to create and I have the songs I am super proud of and very excited about, I can’t wait to record them and share them! My band are the most incredible humans and musicians and I feel so grateful to have them be a part of this process with me. I’ll have a new single out soonish and then the EP. I have a few big support shows I can’t announce yet and also I’ll be touring the new material too. Everything is exciting and I’m feeling very excited and lucky.
Is there anything else you think we should know?
Saturn has 62 moons...and Irish Red Setters and Dalmations are my favourite dogs.