Tinashe has cultivated her own fan base off the success of “2 On” and her RCA debut, Aquarius. Just shy of a full year since her major label album was released, the 22-year-old singer is already looking ahead at her next project. “I really didn’t waste any time,” she tells SPIN about the past five months in the studio. “Any opportunity that I had, I really focused and honed in on it.”
The LA native is hoping to release her sophomore album this fall. Until then, she’s been cooking up a more pop-tinged sound, bringing in well-known producers who have excelled in making crossover records: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut and Rock City. She also says that her goal is to make an album that’s her version of uptempo — something she’ll be tinkering with until it’s time to turn in a final product.
“[With this album], I’d like to play with some more tempos, to not have it all be in the mid-tempo range even though a lot of my music is. It’s been an adventure for me to figure out how to do my version of an uptempo, because the fastest song I’ve kind of ever really put out is ‘2 On,’ which is really only kind of like an upper/mid, 95-beat jam," she says. "I’m not really interested in doing like, down-the-middle EDM songs, but I’d like to figure out how to do that uptempo. I’m definitely trying to make songs that are hooky enough to cross over.”
Read some more excerpts from her interview with SPIN below, and click here to read the whole thing.
On her Drake collaboration “On the Wave” leaking (originally meant for Aquarius and not Views From the 6):
“Obviously my album had already been out for six months [by the time “On a Wave” leaked], which really isn’t that long in classic album time frame. But in this day and age, I always feel like there’s so much to be said for momentum. That’s why I’m doing all these other things. I would love to just release new material just to keep people talking, to keep my music relatively relevant.”
On working with Dr. Luke:
“With Dr. Luke, I’ve actually been in the studio with him for five days total and we’ve made a handful of records,” she says. “The momentum felt really cool. With the second album, you always want to push it forward and I think that that one thing I was looking for from him was those big hooks, those super catchy, huge, smash hooks while still integrating that into what I do.”
On focusing on getting a No. 1 single:
“I need to get my No. 1. I am so impatient that I’m already thinking so far in the future. In my head we’re in 2016 and I’m winning my Grammy for this next album that’s already come out. Once I released Aquarius, even though I knew I had a lot of touring left to do, I felt like I was creatively done with that project. I’m 22, so might as well do as much as I can now while I have no responsibilities.”
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