Artist Interview – Tap Tap

Tap Tap is an upcoming and talented Hip Hop artist from Tacoma, Washington. Despite being incredibly busy putting the finishing touches to his latest album “One Nine Eight Seven”, Tap Tap kindly agreed to complete an interview for Essential Pop. Read on to discover his current career highlights, the direction of his latest musical project and what he does to relax when not working.


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Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

I would place my music in the Hip Hop / R&B genre because that’s what most of my music sounds like. Its the genre I label my music under.


Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

My music and who I am can be looked upon as a humble, hard-working artist striving to be remembered as a Hip Hop icon in the music industry.


Q: What is your musical background?

When my father was my age he strived to make it in the music business. I listen to him on everything about music. When it comes to music I like Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and also Country. There’s no limit to what I listen to because music is music to me.


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Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was great. I spent most of the year just recording and getting ready to come out as an artist. Also I built an army at Lynx Records, to fight for this dream alongside me. There have been bumps in the road and a lot of “Hurry up and wait” but we all know its gonna be worth it in the long run!


Q: Who inspires you musically?

My Father inspires me because he continues to fight for his dream and he has a mind-set of a warrior when things need to be done. He is responsible for most of my music being created when we are in the studio working on new stuff. He also inspires me about my image as a performing artist. I believe image for me is important because a lot of people will look up to you when you’re in the limelight.


Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

Drake. The reason why I picked Ditty is that music is always first with him, no matter where he is in his life. He’s not afraid to think outside the box and make great music no matter what other people may think of him. I love the fact that he makes “feel good” music and speaks his mind through his music by talking about the troubles in his life. Drake is not about the guns and drugs, he’s about his music and his fans. That’s why I’m all about him when it comes to his music career.


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Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

If I could gig or collab with anyone I would do it with Kanye West. That’s because I’m inspired by his choices with music and his lifestyle. Kanye just brings music to a whole other level every time he does an album. When I listen to his music and lyrics I say to myself, “That’s the kind of music I want my lyrics to be on!”. So thanks Kanye for the great music.


Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

Right now, my iPod and iPhone are playing a lot of Michael Jackson. Listening to his music inspires me to do great things in music but also to look outside the box and do something different. I know he will be missed in the music world.


Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

I write in a quiet room with my iPhone and Macbook. Those are my tools when it comes to creating music. When I listen to a certain instrumental track sent to me by producers I try to think of the concept of the song. Or,even better, I write about certain events happening in my life at the moment or an event from the past that keep crossing my mind.


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Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Both. Melody is important to music because it paves the way for the music to ride and makes you feel good inside. Lyrics are important because people want to relate to your music in some way when they are in a different mood. For example, when I’m in a good mood I throw on some Michael Jackson “Billie Jean”, or if I’m in a lazy mood I throw on some Bruno Mars, “The Lazy Song”.


Q: Where are you based?

I’m based right out of Tacoma, South of Seattle Washington. That’s my hometown.


Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Cold and wet :-)


Q: What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on promoting my “Black Out” EP and introducing my fans to the new sound and direction I’m going with my music. At the same time, I’m currently also working on the “One Nine Eight Seven” album (which was the year I was born). This album is going to be more personal, hard hitting and soft at the same time. Which in a way, describes me as an artist, so I thought “One Nine Eight Seven” would be a perfect name for the project!

I think a lot of my fans are going to love this project more than anything I’ve worked on!


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

My biggest highlight has been performing in Miami at the 2010 All Access Music Conference in front of major labels and artists. The event introduced me to so many labels and artists that I didn’t know existed. It also showed me lots of other artists grinding and hustling to get to the dreams I’m also chasing. That experience changed the way I look at music which inspired me to work on the “Black Out” EP and the “One Nine Eight Seven” album.


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Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

I’m looking to land a major recording contract and want to do music for the rest of my life. Other than that I would like to connect with my people (a.k.a. Fans) a lot more and show them that I do this for them….


Q: What do you do to relax?

I listen to jazz music and sip on an Arizona Sweet Tea, Jazz music just takes me to another world and lets me vibe off the different melodies going on in the music which relaxes my mind.


Editor’s Note: Tap Tap has both a vibrant and commercial edge to his music which can be listened to both at home or in the club. We hope that 2011 is a breakout year for Tap Tap and he is definitely one of Essential Pop’s “Ones to Watch”!


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