Can’t remember the first time I met Tanya, but I feel like I’ve seen her around town for years. I remember the first time I saw her live though, she was supporting Buke & Gass at The CAMP. Her set really impressed me and started chatting. A few minutes later she introduced me to her friend Debruit and somehow we all ended up drinking rum all night back at his place dancing to afrobeat. It was quite the Tuesday night.
If you aren’t familiar with Tanya, watch this video first and then go to her soundcloud to check out some of her original material. Gilles Peterson is a fan of hers and hopefully you will be too if you aren’t already.
Download: Tanya Auclair – BTGMX009
Can you please introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Tanya Auclair, Singer / Songwriter / Musician / Producer.
What is your musical background?
Growing up we had this massive wooden trunk full of vinyl and tapes, my parents treated it like a treasure chest, they aren’t musicians but they really love music and would have it on all the time. Their openness rubbed off on me and I just got stuck into whatever I could, choirs, piano, West-African percussion, body percussion and I taught myself guitar, bass and ukulele. The last 2 years I’ve been learning production too. I never slotted into one particular scene, maybe because I’m just very curious. The last 2 years I’ve been realising a love affair with the Microkorg, percussion and vocal harmony.
Tell us about the mix. It’s wicked.
It was my first go at it, so I got a bit over-excited and wanted to include everything. Its a little snapshot of some of my favourite artists. There are some old firm friends like The Staple Singers, Snr Eddie Donkor and Talking Heads and some new discoveries like Anna Meredith’s gangsta orchestral electronica, Delicate Steve, and Nobukazu Takemura’s trance-inducing loops, theres some seasonal picks like Broadcast and Mama & Papas which for me are real Springtime soundtrack tunes and some sonic inspirations like Micachu, Chico Buarque and Van Dyke Parks.
Are you playing any show or festivals that you’re looking forward to?
I’m doing two live film scores this weekend, first is a commission for Birds Eye View’s Sounds & Silents – I’ll be performing a new score to 1912 silent film ‘The Female of the Species’ at the Southbank on March 9th. In the same series I’ll be playing on Arista Hawkes’ live score to ‘Sparrows’ on March 11th too. Its exciting to be given the keys to making a whole new experience out of a film, what you can do with sound is almost like 3D for the ears. Then on March 30th I’m supporting one of my favourite bands, United Vibrations, at the Vortex, we’ve just collaborated on some new work together, so this will be the maiden voyage!
Your Origami EP was great. Any plans on a future release?
Yes, my next release is out later this Spring. Then a 2nd EP with Yult is out in April plus some more collaboration work I’m excited about is on the cards.
Any thing we should be reading, watching or listening to?
Read: Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks
Watch: Badlands by Terrence Malick
Listen to: Gotham by Michael Gordon
Anna Meredith – Nautilus
Nobukazu Takemura – Icefall
Broadcast – Minim
The Mamas & Papas – Got a Feelin’
Owen Pallett – Keep the Dog Quiet
Chico Buarque - Construção
William Gum-Boot & Lawrence Wiffin – Dramatic
Micachu & The Shapes and the London Sinfonietta – Low Dogg
George Coleman – I Wish I Could Sing
Snr Eddie Donkor – Eye Banker
Tanya Auclair – Fluke
Tasaday – To Talk Is Impossible
The Staple Singers – Uncloudy Day
Georgia Anne Muldrow – Frames
Delicate Steve – Wondervisions
El Guincho – FM Tan Sexy
Serge Gainsbourg – New York USA
Talking Heads – Born Under Punches
tUnE-yArDs – Powa
Three Girls – I’m Running on the River
Sam Cooke – Little Red Rooster
Van Dyke Parks – Public Domain