30 seconds interview: TYNI

Sheffield’s homegrown pop princess TYNI has spent the last few years crafting kaleidoscopic future-pop with some of the best in the industry.

Flying over to LA to work with Wayne Wilkins upon personal invitation (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Björk) and receiving remixes from PC Music’s Sophie and Frank Ocean collaborator Troy Noka, TYNI’s sound is intoxicating, shiny and encompasses all the best bits of modern pop.

Since an early age she’s held a deep obsession with the musical icons of the ‘70s and ‘80s – Madonna, Mercury, Bowie and so on – something that makes a lot of sense when considering her striking image and audible charisma.

Releasing a run of radio-friendly singles, all soaked in a heady attitude and palpable pop savvy, TYNI quickly established herself as one of the most exciting and vibrant artists to emerge from the steel city in recent years.

Her newest single, Good Luck, continues her efforts in being an antidote to tired musical tropes, fusing glittery, flamboyant songwriting with some heavily caffeinated elements of dance music in a club-bound anthem that harks back to early Madonna.

Following the release of this single, we had a chat with TYNI to see what keeps her ticking…

 

What was the first song you developed an obsession for?

Like a prayer – Madonna.

What’s the first gig you went to?

The first gig I attended was actually before I was born – it was a Phil Collins concert when my mum was pregnant!

What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?

I remember when I was 13 I wrote my first ever song with a few chords on the piano!

What is your worst musical habit?

I tap my microphone way too much when I’m performing, I think it came from when I was little! I used to watch videos of Christina Aguilera doing it on stage.

What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?

If you want something bad enough, you can have it.

Where do you discover new music?

I love Apple Music. I don’t really listen to the radio much, even though I probably should – I just prefer checking out music on YouTube.

What’s your favourite venue?

My favourite venue to play was Nottingham Rock City, they were one of the best crowds I’ve ever had the privilege of playing to. They were the best audience I think I’ve ever had!

Who is your current favourite band/artist?

I’ve always loved older music and I’ve always been inspired by that, so this is a hard one for me. If I had to pick a current band that I like I would probably say somebody like Pale Waves, I think they’re really cool.

What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?

I’ve been inspired by various things throughout my life, which shape me to create the kind of music that I do. I’m inspired by everyday life situations in general and I’m obsessed with personalities and personas. I believe there are several versions of a person within themselves – it’s just some of us are more aware of them.

What track of yours best represents your sound?

I have a track called Bang which I’ve always loved. It has that extra bit of magic, and I love that part of making music. It was a very magical moment when Bang was written. I always wanted to create a body of work that would live on in people’s lives and lead them into another place, so they could escape for a while. I feel Bang is one of those special songs that comes along once in a lifetime.

What’s next for you?

I’m planning on writing more music for my own personal growth!

 

Photo: Charlotte Rutherford