In this exclusive interview, we have the privilege of delving into Tea Eater‘s creative process, inspirations, and aspirations. From her stage name, which carries a whimsical story of its own, to her eclectic influences ranging from movies and conversations to the vibrant music community, Tea Eater’s artistic journey is a fascinating exploration of self-expression and musical discovery.
Tea Eater’s debut single, “Double,” is a mesmerizing fusion of nostalgic influences and infectious energy. Reminiscent of the vibrant sounds of Veruca Salt and the enchanting harmonies of the Pipettes, the track takes listeners on a delightful journey through time. With a perfect balance of 90s-inspired chord progressions and the sweetness of girl group vocals, Tea Eater delivers a captivating musical experience that leaves an indelible impression.
“Double” is a testament to Tea Eater’s musical prowess and her ability to blend genres seamlessly. The song exudes an unbridled sense of nostalgia, evoking feelings of youthful exuberance while infusing it with a contemporary charm. The infectious melodies and vibrant instrumentals create an irresistible atmosphere, making it impossible not to sway along with the music.
Throughout the interview, Tea Eater shares insights into her early encounters with music, the role it played in her formative years, and the inspiration behind her decision to pursue a career in the industry. We get a glimpse into her creative process, from writing lyrics to crafting melodies, as well as the evolution of her musical style.
Tea Eater’s vocal performance on “Double” is nothing short of remarkable. Her voice possesses a unique blend of raw power and vulnerability, showcasing a remarkable range and emotional depth. With each word she sings, Tea Eater effortlessly captivates listeners, drawing them into her world and leaving them craving more.
As Tea Eater’s star continues to rise, her plans for the future are nothing short of exciting. With upcoming single release parties, captivating music videos, and an ambitious tour schedule, Tea Eater is poised to take her unique blend of nostalgia-infused melodies and unbridled energy to audiences around the world.
Prepare to be enthralled as we embark on this captivating interview with Tea Eater, a talented artist whose passion for music and unwavering dedication shines through in every note she sings. Get ready to discover the stories behind the music, the creative process, and the profound influence Tea Eater is destined to have on the music industry.
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Yes, my last name is Thiessen. My high school ballroom dance teacher told me my last name literally translated from German to English as “Tea Eater.” But I recently did some digging and learned my last name is actually Dutch. Oh well!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from old movies, conversations I have with friends/conversations I overhear walking around NYC, transcendental meditation, the gateway tapes, the Twitch community, podcasts, and too many bands to name here.
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
I was your typical angsty teen so for me music has always been a means to escape from reality and find the other weirdos.
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
My mom always loved watching music videos on VH1. When I asked if I could play the flute in the school band in elementary school, my mom said no and instead wanted me to play guitar and start a band when I got into middle school. Thanks mom!
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Seeing The White Stripes play on the VMAs in 2001.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
My mom got me guitar lessons when I was 11, but I didn’t start singing until I was 19. I always kept journals since I was 12 so songwriting was the next logical step for me.
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Ringo Starr at PNC Bank Arts Center when I was 7 or 8.
How could you describe your music?
Surreal Punk Cher
Describe your creative process.
Sometimes I’ll write a bass line and write a song around that, other times I’ll be walking around and record a melody that popped in my head, or I’ll find a random royalty free drum loops online and write guitar riffs to them.
What is your main inspiration?
What musician do you admire most and why?
Prince, because he was everything + purple.
Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career?
Definitely! I used to only write angry breakup songs or sci-fi love story songs for my old bands. Now I write angry songs about hating the DMV or slightly more existential songs about being reincarnated as a little white dog in a gated community.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
What are your interests outside of music?
Reading books, making art and hula hooping.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
Maybe I’d be a truck driver?
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest problem, but the biggest area of growth in my journey so far is learning to communicate clearly and listen to my bandmates, collaborators and other people we have close working relationships with.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
The financial barrier to entry. It costs a lot to make records and go on tour, and in the US funding for the arts is pretty minimal.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
It’s a name that wasn’t taken by anyone else yet, and it’s a translation of my last name so it can be seen as a solo project, but also has space to develop into a collaborative project.
What are your plans for the coming months?
We’ll be playing a few single release parties in NYC, releasing a bunch of music videos, touring the US, UK & Europe. All dates will be announced soon!
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
In the fall we’ll be releasing a split 7” with our friends Waltzer from Chicago. (https://wltzr.bandcamp.com/album/time-traveler)
What message would you like to give to your fans?
We love rock n roll! Don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s never too late to start a new band.