We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiana Kocher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiana, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think taking risks is only beneficial in the long run. To be completely honest, this industry has become so saturated. Everyone looks the same, everyone dresses the same and so many people make music that sound the same. I’ve always strived to be different and embrace my uniqueness, and to me, thats a risk!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It really was not an easy journey, the industry is so competitive and has relied heavily on numbers rather than talent. It is definitely very heartbreaking seeing this influencers reach #1 or 1 million streams overnight just because of their following but thankfully, I genuinely enjoy creating music and can’t imagine doing anything else.
There are many things that I want the world to know, but if I had to choose one thing, is that I am always genuine and truly authentic. What you see is what you get and I want to inspire the younger generation that it’s okay to look different, that is what sets you apart!
I would say that I am most proud of my debut EP thus far, I released that during the pandemic last November. I’m really looking forward to just creating more music and visuals for the world to see!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love thrifting! I would say that my favourite place to go in the weekend is the Melrose Trading Post where you can buy things from small businesses and listen to live music! I’m also a big foodie! Some of my favourite spots are; Joan’s On Third, Bestia, Jon & Vinny’s, Sweet Chick and Monty’s Good Burger! I also love being by any form of water since I grew up on an island, my favourite beach would have to be Point Dume in Malibu!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have always been heavily influenced by 90’s and early 2000’s R&B. Artists and groups such as Tamia, Aaliyah, Brandy, Monica, SWV and TLC to name a few are always cited as my influences when it comes to my music and even in terms of visuals and/or fashion. Other than that, I have a very strong support system. My parents and friends have been big supporters when it comes to my music!
Photography by Lee Gumbs. Glam by Mayely Paez & Jay Alarcon Styled by Cliche