TASHI has been featured in a wide-ranging assortment of national media outlets, spanning Elle, Paper, Vibe, Essence, Women’s Health, and Complex magazine; who named Washington one of the “Actresses You Need to Know."
TASHI also appears in hit films and shows like "How to Make It in America," "Shaft" "The Jim Gaffigan Show”, “Betty”, “Harlem” and “Random Acts of Flyness”.
"The only two things I require when I’m recording are pen, paper and scented candles."... More ahead in Tashi's interview.
Thank you for letting us interview you! Let us in on your new music! When did you record it?
Of course. Thank you so much for these great questions. I recorded this new batch of music between late last year and June of this year.
Any writing traditions you have when you're in that mode?
My favorite way of writing is to start with a beat made from scratch in front of me. While the producer is building the beat, I start coming up with Melodie’s and concepts. Some of my best songs were created that way.
Any other traditions you have when you're in your recording process?
The only two things I require when I’m recording are pen, paper and scented candles. I feel more connected to the words when I write them down rather than typing them in my phone. The Gain scented Febreze candles are my absolute favorite, but unfortunately they’ve been discontinued. Lately I’ve been buying ‘sun-drenched linen’ and ‘white t-shirt’ scented candles from Bath & Bodyworks to help me get my vibe right in the studio.
What challenges come with recording?
So many challenges may arise during recording, but I get most frustrated when I feel I’m not giving my best vocal performance. I hear it a certain way in my head — when my voice doesn’t cooperate and flow the way I want it to on the record I get upset, I overthink and I have to take a step back and resume later. Even when people tell me it sounds good, I don’t believe them because I know I can do better.
Who did you collaborate with in the studio?
When I decided to step out as an independent artist, I circled back with people I worked with in the past when I was signed to a major label. Only two people agreed to work with me. It may not seem like a lot, but I’m grateful they still believe in me after all this time. I recorded “Shut Up” with Cyrus Deshield in Atlanta. I cut a record with the incredibly talented B. Howard.
Lenisha Nelson & Keys are my home team. I met them last year and I collaborate with them on most of my music. Our triptych energy is unmatched. I’ve grown so much as a singer/songwriter working with them.
Lastly I worked with writer/producer Lucid on my newest single “In My Head”.
Any recording stories you have that you'll remember forever from this music? Please share one with us!
So many fun times. So many laughs. So many happy tears. I remember when I got my new puppy, I brought him to the studio. I made sure I brought him water, snacks and plenty of chew toys. Out of nowhere he ran across the studio and started biting Keys’ big toe. It’s the only thing he wanted to chew. Oh my gosh, I will never forget the sound of Keys screaming “get this dog off of me!!!!”
Seeing this grown man jumping away from a cavapoo puppy had us all laughing until we cried.
What do you want fans to appreciate about your artistry when it comes to the new music?
I want my fans to appreciate that all my new music is authentically me. My thoughts, my feelings, my words. I hope they feel what I was feeling when I wrote these songs, whether that be joy, love or anger. I left it all on these tracks.
After the new year we typically forget about our resolutions, have you kept yours when it comes to your music making?
My biggest new year resolution is very typical: weight loss, so that I can “look the part” as an artist. But what I’ve learned is that liking myself is what’s most important. My weight yo-yos. I’ll go hard with diet and exercise, see some results. Eat a slice of pizza and I’m back to bloated-tummy Tashi. Since comparison is the thief of joy, I’ve had to learn to stop comparing my body to others - even my old body. It’s either love myself as is, or give up the pizza. P.S. I’m still eating pizza.
Give us your link for the music to stream, stream, stream! https://open.spotify.com/track/1gOYrQt9Q2nDgdaeMWw8tC
Thank you for chatting with us! Where can our audience go to follow and support your stellar music journey!
Www.TashianaWashington.com will keep you connected with me and all of my social media handles.