Our WorldArts Spotlight Artist for the month of April is Tosh! This self-taught pop/rock Angeleno is a model of DIY success for unsigned artists everywhere. After fronting an L.A. band and then debuting as a solo artist across the pond in the UK, she’s back and playing clubs all over SoCal. Check out our exclusive Q&A with her to hear about her new EP, growing up in Palm Springs, and her dream tourmate! (hint: rhymes with Schmadel)
1) How did you get started in music?
It’s actually quite hilarious, when I was 12 I was rocking out to a lot of Kelly Clarkson, listening to ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ on repeat and I fell in love with the drums. There isn’t anything utterly amazing about the drums in that song but I guess at 12 something really resonated with me. After playing drums I wanted to learn another instrument so I got into guitar. It wasn’t till I was around 16 when my love for singing really started. I was never one of those naturally talented singers, it was a lot of work and dedication to teach myself how to sing.
2) Tell us about the music scene in Los Angeles?
The music scene in LA is HUGE so it is very difficult to get yourself out there enough to be seen, heard. There is still plenty of opportunity for growth and hope in hitting that lucky strike, you just have to be ambitious and be a go getter.
3) What was it like growing up in Palm Springs, CA?
As a kid I didn’t know any different, I thought it was normal. I was an outdoor type of girl so I loved hiking and playing sports. I traveled very often as a kid so it wasn’t like I ever felt stuck being that it is a small town. I’m glad I grew up there because of the lack of things to do made me really go after music in a way I probably wouldn’t of if I lived in a big city.
4) If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
It’s funny because every person that I would want to go on tour with has a completely different sound than I do so it would probably never happen! (haha) I would just love to tour with people that I think are super cool and down to earth. If i could pick anyone, Adele all the way!
5) What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song?
I’m not the biggest fan of karaoke but if I ever were to do it it would probably be ‘Use Somebody’ by King of Leon.
6) WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
If you love being a musician stop doubting yourself and do it. The most important thing is staying true to you, because that’s where the music stems from.
7) If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish there was a better platform for artists to have a chance at success. You see so many talented people that just give up because they don’t have the funds to continue or don’t know the right person to help them take the next step. A huge part of succeeding in the music industry is luck, I just wish it didn’t have to be that way.
8) What is the best way you’ve found to market yourself as an artist?
It’s a love hate relationship that I have with social media but it definitely has got to be the best way I’ve found to market myself. People don’t go out to live shows like they used too so it’s hard to gain an organic audience in that aspect.
9) You’ve been the lead singer for a band, but you’re now a solo artist. Tell us about the differences between the two as an artist (creatively/practically etc.).
I loved being in a band but the only difficult thing about it was we all had different creative directions. When you’re a solo artist you have full control of how you want everything to sound and what your ideas are. I still perform with a live band because I love sharing the stage with people I truly care about and I don’t nearly have as much fun, plus I still get to keep that dynamic of rocking out with a band.
10) What next on the horizon for you?
I’m currently in the studio working on a new EP. I’m venturing off a little bit from my current sound, I wanted to take a different approach and go a little more electronic. Music for me is constantly evolving so as I change and grow, my music does the same. Hopefully everyone will have a sneak peek of what I’m doing soon, I’m really stoked on it!
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