In a recent Interview Magazine feature, Tems, the Oscar-nominated singer, shared valuable insights on navigating the path to artistic success, emphasizing the importance of self-trust. During a candid conversation with Kendrick Lamar, the discussion yielded several takeaways that resonated with fans and fellow artistes alike.
Reflecting on the pressures of fame, Tems drew an analogy between being in the public eye and the experience of an animal in a zoo. She urged artistes to recall their initial motivations for entering the creative field and to remain connected to the core reasons behind their artistry. While acknowledging the desire for visibility and recognition, she highlighted the deeper purpose often intertwined with storytelling and conveying messages.
Despite the potential distraction of external expectations from a growing audience, Tems encouraged artistes to focus more on their personal standards. She stressed the significance of self-trust, asserting that her own commitment to intuition remains unshaken even with heightened visibility. Drawing a parallel to the behavior of animals in a zoo, she noted that their nature remains constant regardless of observation, prompting her to question the necessity of changing oneself due to external perceptions.
The discussion also delved into the phenomenon of “Pinky and the Brain Syndrome,” a term referencing the pursuit of ambitions with an insatiable drive. Tems shared her musical influences, citing Celine Dion as a foundational figure in her love for music. She additionally expounded on the moments of creative transcendence that artistes can experience during their process.
Kendrick Lamar contributed his insights by highlighting the importance of capturing moments of experimentation in the recording studio. Tems concurred, revealing her own immersive recording experiences where she felt a sense of losing herself in the creative flow.
Tems, known for her EPs For Broken Ears and If Orange Was a Place, is currently building anticipation for her debut full-length album. Her involvement in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack, covering No Woman, No Cry and co-writing Rihanna's Lift Me Up, earned her an Oscar nomination. Her presence further extended on to the music landscape, with the Future and Drake collaboration Wait for U being recognized among Complex's best songs of the year in 2022.
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