We had the good fortune of connecting with Tatiana Tate and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tatiana, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I often get asked this question and the answer is simple…you don’t. When you are passionate about something there’s no reason to derail your craft. Although times can get difficult, I constantly remind myself of the goal at hand, to share my music and have a positive impact on the world.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anybody who knows me understands that I am a HUGE foodie. Whether it be vegetarian, vegan, or full-blown carnivore, LA has the best food to offer in California. A few of my favorite vegan spots are Chicana Vegana In Fullerto and Munchies Dinner in Santa Ana. We would visit places like Dulan’s on Crenshaw, Leimert Park, The Anaheim Packing District, Bludso’s BBQ and a few other places I will not mention in this interview because you guys might make them too popular and I wont be able to get a table anymore.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am truly fortunate enough to have had a multitude of support throughout my music careers. First I would like to start off with my teachers. My first music teacher was Terry Moore who founded Rhythm Regiment Drum Corps and jumpstarted my musical career. There I learned to play the drums and develop an appreciation for all styles of music. It was there wear I fell in love with Jazz, Funk and the trumpet. I would also like to thank Long Beach Poly High School band director Chris Stevens for always pushing me to do my very best and allowing me to perform my compositions with the band. To my current director Bill Cunliffe at Cal State Fullerton, thank you for always making class a fun time and challenging my playing.
A special thanks to the Long Beach Branch NAACP President Naomi Rainey-Pierson for allowing me to not only become an ambassador for my community but to also advocate for change and support through the arts.
I also have many mentors to thank for my musical development. To the late Clora Bryant and her family, it was a blessing being able to learn and enter the space of such an amazing iconic trumpet player.
I want Fernando Pullam for his direction and guidance. Kamasi Washington for taking time to mentor us young musicians. Thank you, Arturo Sandoval. My time spent under his direction has allowed me to grow as an Artist.
A special thanks to Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E). She is in my mind the trailblazer that paved the way for most female Band Leaders today. I know it was not easy for her at all. But I want to thank her for making it happen.
Most importantly, I would like to thank my family. To my mother and father, thank you for investing countless time and energy into purchasing equipment and driving me to late night rehearsals. Without your strong faith in my abilities, I would not have made it this far. To my brother, thank you for showing me the wonders of music and inspiring me to reach higher each and every day. To my friends and fans, Tatiana Tate has much more to offer.