Interview with Performing Artist / Tenna Torres | Edition IX
Could you talk a little more about your Music?
I really live to make music that comes directly from my heart and from my own experience. I write about love… the power of it and the effects of it all. I’ve dealt with some crazy things in relationships and sometimes I don’t get the chance to say everything built up inside of me before it ends. When I write, I’m reflecting and putting it all out there, without any reservation or hesitation (a couple of different guys haven’t been too pleased, when they realized certain records are about them LMAO). I think it’s important to have a voice that speaks to so many women. When I’m writing and creating, for me, it’s a longing to be understood. It’s a way to tell the specific guy how I felt and feel. It’s also how I come to grips with the situation at hand, whether it be that I’m madly in love or heartbroken. My music is very honest and I think people can really relate to that.
I love music that has a sort of a darkness to it, so even if its a dance track it’s going to be very hard with a knocking bass. Im a pisces… I’m very passionate and emotionally driven so when it comes to ballads and mid tempos I literally feel like my soul is pouring out of me. I think that definitely comes across musically… but I guess, you’ll have to be the judge!
So what is the motivation behind your whole movement?
My motivation simply comes from a dream. Taking a risk, to make your dreams a reality is something very important to me. For a long time there was a fear in me but after being on this crazy journey, the fear has vanished and I’m just ready. This movement is about trusting yourself, letting all the stupid things go and being completely FREE.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
I had no strategic time frame for launching my career when I did. It’s been in the works for a few years, I’m beginning to now be recognized and I’m so grateful. God definitely has a plan and there comes a point when your hard work plus, faith and destiny all lock in and then everything falls into place.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
WOAH, there are so many amazing producers and writers that I hope to work with in the future. I love Linda Perry, she is absolutely amazing to me. Ryan Tedder, BabyFace (a genius), James Fauntelroy, Ne-Yo, The Dream, Toby Gad…the list definitely goes on.
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet gives me access to everyone and it gives them access to me immediately. We have come so far in technology and social networking that i start to think how it was even done before all of this? lol. I’m constantly on the internet promoting upcoming shows, write ups in blogs, new music etc. One click, and everyone is informed about everything that I have going on. I love it! The internet is really an artists best friend!
Are you down with the whole twitter thing?
Ah, YEAH!!! I’m ALWAYS on twitter choppin it up with my tweeties, keeping them updated with all thats going on!!! I actually got this interview through Brooke via TWITTER!!! haha, gotta love it!
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
I definitely feel like sharing my gifts with the world is important, after all that is the purpose of life. I was given a voice and its up to me to utilize it. If I can inspire someone or make someone feel like they are not alone in feeling a certain way or in certain situations, then I’ve done part of my job.
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
I knew this was very serious since I was 5 years old, its still a feeling I cant even explain… I knew from the very beginning that I was put on earth to sing, write, perform and make a difference.
How do you separate yourself from others?
I’m just me and try to keep things as Tenna as possible. Naturally, my voice is my own, and my approach to writing and delivering a record is mine. We are all different as artists and I think my music and performance defines the separation. What I do is authentic, it’s derived from nothing other than my true love and ability to create pop music as opposed to a lot of things I hear that seem so forced and feel and look so artificial.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind? Can we look out for an upcoming Tenna clothing line or TV show etc..
Right now I’m just so focused…It’s like I have tunnel vision when it comes to music. I definitely have plans of doing many many things in the future but I feel like its important for me to just focus on perfecting one thing at a time… but hopefully soon, the world will see all the tricks I have up my sleeve (wink wink)