In Conversation with Tiarne at Red Deer Festival

At just 20 years old and already producing sentimental lyrics and mesmerising vocals, Tiarne is a true creative talent. She blends original electronic pop with soulful melodies, drawing inspiration from The Naked and Famous and Lorde. Lauren Muggleton chatted to Tiarne after her performance at Red Deer Music and Arts Festival to learn more about her sound, style, and her advice for other upcoming female artists.

Lauren Muggleton: We’re at Red Deer! The last one, the big goodbye! How are you feeling? Were there any nerves going out on stage today?

Tiarne: I was so nervous because this was my first big festival gig with the band. I’ve done a couple of solo performances, but I’ve only made a debut with the band over the past couple of months. This gig was so much fun despite the nerves. The song Kids was my first single, so it was cool to still perform that today.

LM: You released your second single earlier this year, Golden. Can you tell about us a bit about the song’s meaning and its reception so far?

T: Golden is very different to what I usually write about. I usually write for other people, but Golden was more about writing for myself. It was a bunch of emotions I had in one night.

I compressed all the doubts and feelings I’ve had, and the push to keep going, and I thought of that feeling as being ‘golden’.

The song was an inspiration to myself to keep going. The song has been well received—a lot of people are digging it. It was in the Top 20 on 4ZZZ a couple of weeks ago, so that was really cool.

LM: It’s got a very laid back vibe. Does it feel like you’ve found ‘your sound’ so to speak, or is that something you constantly want to evolve?

T: I definitely want to continue to evolve. It took me a while to get to this point where I am comfortable with my sound and who I am now. I studied music at uni, and when you study music you’re surrounded by all these different genres and different kinds of artists. It’s so easy to get confused between these different sounds. I always had a love for electronic pop with that indie side, but with a bit of soul.

I had to write music that I wanted to listen to, and once I found this I knew I had found who I was as an artist.

LM: Although you’re relatively fresh on the scene, you’re already positively showcasing the talents of female musicians—something we need to see more! What advice would you give to young girls who may be sceptical about getting into the live music scene?

T: Just keep going! There’s just so much talent out there—boys and girls—but you’ve got to have that drive and motivation to pursue it, and that’s what’s going to get you there. My boyfriend has seen me at my lowest points, and you just have to believe in yourself.

With any passion you have, whether it be music or something else, you have to put yourself out there and make the right connections.

Being proactive, starting off small, and getting amongst your local organisations are really good first steps.


Answers by Tiarne

Questions and Images by Lauren Muggleton

Edited and Compiled by Emma Kate Lewis

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