Tommi Aura, an artist with a modeling background, is thought for collaborating with outstanding names like Haus Labs by Girl Gaga and Vogue. Their music seamlessly blends experimental pop with digital and dance components, making a fascinating fusion of vogue and music.
At this time, we’ve the privilege of bringing you an interview with Tommi, not solely about their profession and ethos at massive but additionally about their latest, sweetest, and most enjoyable single launch but!
In “I’m Not A Boy,” Tommi Aura challenges conventional gender norms and celebrates gender fluidity. The lyrics tackle the societal expectations positioned on people based mostly on their gender and defy these stereotypes by asserting the singer’s id as merely “cool” with out conforming to conventional gender classes. The track promotes self-acceptance and challenges listeners to rethink their assumptions about gender and id. It’s an necessary contribution to the illustration of gender range in music, selling inclusivity and understanding.
What impressed you to merge vogue along with your music, and the way does it affect your artistic course of?
I grew up within the vogue business, beginning my modeling profession very younger. Being raised inside the business closely knowledgeable my outlook on fashion, visuals, and telling tales by way of clothes and design. Day-after-day I attempt to embody a strolling temper board and that has undoubtedly influenced my music. Music is one other type of communication and storytelling. For me, the visible side of my artistry is likely one of the most necessary, so combining my data of vogue and music has fashioned who I’m as an artist right this moment.
How has your expertise in modeling influenced your method to creating music and visible storytelling?
As a mannequin, it’s your job to carry the designer’s imaginative and prescient to life. So pondering of that idea in relation to my music, it’s actually the dialog of how can I talk my message not solely by way of my lyrics but additionally with how I look and current. Every undertaking is a chance for me to attach with followers and listeners by way of the visible side of storytelling. What colours, items of clothes, varieties of lighting, backdrops, and units am I utilizing that match the vibe of the track, and I really feel can precisely signify my message? These are the issues that I consider once I create my music initiatives right this moment.
“I’m Not A Boy” is a fascinating track with a really “well timed” topic. How would you current it to an viewers that won’t instantly get what it’s about or its significance?
I’m Not A Boy on the floor could come as a track about gender neutrality and freedom of expression. That was undoubtedly a few of the drive for the lyrics inside the track, as that’s my private expertise. I lately had a present the place a few of the crowd was not queer and I described this track to them as a message of self-empowerment. When you don’t have the phrases to explain how wonderful you’re, how a lot of a baddie you’re, and how one can’t actually put a label on your self, that is the proper track to make use of. It’s one of the best track for on the brink of assist construct that confidence that all of us have inside. ‘I’m Not A Boy’ was made for the aim of constructing whoever listens to it really feel like their very best, carefree, iconic self.
How has your id and assist for the LGBTQ+ group formed the route of your music and performances, significantly in gentle of your current look at Boston Pleasure?
Taking part in Boston Pleasure was not solely an honor as a result of it’s my house state, however I additionally obtained to signify my androgynous group. I’m brazenly androgynous and proud and I really feel that pop music is admittedly in want of a extra femme-presenting androgynous pop star. You consider greats like Prince or The Boy George, however they’re extra masc presenting. It’s necessary to share my experiences inside my music to not solely assist individuals much like me really feel much less alone, nevertheless it’s additionally useful for individuals to listen to a queer perspective. Ally-ship is not only about listening to a track of a queer artist, it’s additionally about listening to and understanding their views and challenges that include being queer right this moment.
In what methods do you infuse themes of range and inclusivity into your artwork and music, as exemplified within the “I’m Not A Boy” music video, which showcases otherworldly characters and a message of acceptance?
For the music video, it was actually necessary within the casting to not solely embrace Queer expertise but additionally all completely different races and physique sorts. Inclusivity is admittedly necessary particularly as a result of I’m thinner, I’m white and I’m a mannequin as properly. This stuff naturally give me privilege, in order a lot as I can when it’s my platform and my artwork, I need to showcase all various kinds of people. The dancers or buddies of mine within the visible I really feel actually signify this and likewise showcase that you would be able to embody otherworldly, iconic power regardless of who you’re.
What can followers count on out of your first EP, “Audacity,” and the way does it replicate your journey as an artist?
Audacity is a message of taking your energy again and individualism. I left an abusive relationship and was actually damaged. So not solely did I need to evolve as a greater artist with a greater sound, however I additionally needed to heal and let that go. The manufacturing on the document may be very pop-driven with components of digital, Y2K, and 90s RnB. The lyricism is that of empowerment, freedom, and self-expression. Audacity is a journey from being damaged, confronting that, and evolving into your greatest self. This can be a journey I’m nonetheless on, however I really feel that I actually advanced and am on the opposite facet having completed this undertaking. I can’t anticipate individuals to listen to it this spring!
Other than the EP, what else have you ever obtained arising?
I lately dropped my official web site and merch which I’m very enthusiastic about. That’s accessible now for buy. There are some thrilling festivals and a possible summer time tour within the works. I additionally began engaged on my new undertaking and that’s been actually enjoyable and fulfilling. With out giving the route away, I’ll give one trace. The Fame Monster.
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