We had the good fortune of connecting with Tishmal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tishmal, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I can only speak from my own experience, but I always like to ask myself the question “What if it turns out even better than you imagined?” There is only one way to know and that is by trying, just to see what might happen.
But when things feel especially heavy and I my mind is pushed to that place: “Do I keep going or do I give up?” I have learned to find a gray space. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, black and white, quit or keep going.
I will usually take a few days or a week to back off from my music or from feeling the need to constantly push things forward. I let my mind and worries rest in that gray space. I focus on other things, I get present with life. There is usually room for clear answers in this mindset.
So far the answers for me have been to keep going. I always come out of the gray space with a shifted perspective, clearer goals, and truer sense of self. I am really grateful for that.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I like to think of my music as “emotional ethereal electro pop” haha.
“Emotional” because I feel so much, and too much sometimes. I have to get the emotions out of my mind and my body, or I self destruct.
As a teenager, perfectionism and suppressing my emotions lead me straight into an eating disorder. That was when I really learned to lean into my songwriting. I found the more I wrote, the more I healed.
I can write about something so deeply personal: wrap it up in a metaphor or say it raw and exposed. And I feel like no one can say a damn thing about it too, because as art, as music it’s untouchable. I want my listeners to experience that freedom too.
And “ethereal” because I love to dream and imagine. I’m never bored because I am always imagining away, I think you can feel that in my songs. We are often more free than we realize too, we just have to imagine more.
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?
Let’s start with food around noon: a must is Boba Guys for some boba tea, might I recommend the Strawberry Matcha with boba pearls.
Then we head over to Taco Vega for some incredible vegan Mexican food (even if you’re not vegan this place will blow your mind). And while we’re in the neighborhood (on a Sunday) we stop in at Melrose Trading post for some inspiring vintage finds.
Later we’d take a roller-skate cruise along the board walk from Venice to Will Rodgers. Then drive PCH with windows rolled down for that ocean scent as we make out way into Malibu for dinner to-go from Nicholas Eatery, a local spot and a GEM of a place- their food is five stars. We take the food to the beach and eat and read poetry and watch the sunset and the dolphins.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to my boyfriend and husband, Tanner. He is with me through every high and low. I am the luckiest.
Mallory Wimmer Tanner Brockbank Shane Rawdon