As seen in her new ‘Die four Ur Love’ video, singer Tei Shi brings perspective, ‘enjoyable,’ and a complete lot of ‘power’ together with her new music. She tells us EXCLUSIVELY why going unbiased has put the ‘management’ again in her palms.
“This complete EP, the way in which I made it, the power behind it, the discharge, the visuals – it’s all very a lot pushed by me and coming from a spot the place I’ve the management in my palms,” Tei Shi tells MeSlop when discussing her new ep, Die four Ur Love. Launched on July 17, the 5-track venture is her first since going unbiased as an artist, and it’s an opportunity to showcase a brand new facet of her, artistically. It’s additionally an opportunity for her to have a complete lot of enjoyable with out having to ‘wait round for approvals,” and that may be seen within the video for the title observe.
In “Die four Ur Love,” out in the present day (July 28), Tei lives her full glamorous quarantine fantasy. From lounging round in her underwear to scrubbing her kitchen to consuming pasta on the bathroom, “Die four Ur Love” is the temper of the second. Paired with an plain banger of a dance observe, the video is a mixture of attractive and goofy. “This EP,” she tells MeSlop, “was all about having enjoyable, doing one thing fast and simple, and never placing an excessive amount of thought into it. I additionally assume the character of what’s occurring on the earth, lockdown, and quarantine actually influenced the DIY power behind the EP – I’ve had restricted instruments, and that in a method has introduced me again to a really DIY place.
Tei has spoken about how the music has come from a darkish place (“Proper at the start of the yr, I had a pair issues occur that fucked me up on a private and emotional degree,” she stated in a earlier interview), she tells MeSlop how these new songs signify a sort of music she’s been eager to do for some time. She additionally shares certainly one of her favourite moments on Die four Ur Love, if she’s discovered a “dancefloor” in quarantine, and extra.
MeSlop: What would you say is certainly one of your favourite moments on Die four Ur Love? Was there a second while you pushed your voice in a brand new route, or a line you’re notably keen on?
There are a whole lot of moments that stand out to me, particularly for the reason that complete EP was written within the span of 6 days so it’s all simply kind of one huge snapshot in time. I feel an enormous one is the music ‘Goodbye’ although – I actually obtained some issues I wanted to say out and I’m actually blissful I used to be capable of put it into phrases the way in which I did. I keep in mind once I wrote the traces “Additionally I’m sick of your sh-t, you’ve been formally observed, I give up, obtained my freedom. Additionally, I’m making a success, you higher pay attention now sit down, kick your toes up” — that was a extremely enjoyable second for me!
You’re a not too long ago unbiased artist. Would you say that’s mirrored within the music in your new EP?
Undoubtedly. This complete EP, the way in which I made it, the power behind it, the discharge, the visuals – it’s all very a lot pushed by me and coming from a spot the place I’ve the management in my palms. Not that I ever relinquished inventive management earlier than, but it surely’s extra the flexibility to do issues when and the way I need, and never having to attend round for approvals and help which up to now led to my albums taking method too lengthy to get completed and are available out. This EP was all about having enjoyable, doing one thing fast and simple, and never placing an excessive amount of thought into it. I additionally assume the character of what’s occurring on the earth, lockdown, and quarantine actually influenced the DIY power behind the EP – I’ve had restricted instruments, and that in a method has introduced me again to a really DIY place.
You’ve stated that the music “Die four Ur Love” got here from a “darkish, unfavorable place.” Has this EP modified any perceptions of what your music can and can’t be? For occasion, would you keep away from writing about such a “darkish” material up to now? Or, are you extra of an “intimate” songwriter that you simply wanted to expertise these “unfavorable areas” earlier than you would put them in music?
By no means, I don’t assume I ever put a restrict on what I could make or write about. That I feel is actually the essence behind my music to date, that I at all times really feel like I’ve to maintain exploring new concepts or methods of doing issues. I’ve positively written about some darker emotional states earlier than, after which additionally some very lovely and idyllic moments. One factor this EP has executed although is helped me faucet into one thing I’ve wished to do as a author for a while which is to write down from a extra story-like or character-driven standpoint reasonably than purely private. A few the songs had been written extra from views that had been exterior of what I used to be experiencing actually…however in a method, they took on a fair broader that means if that is sensible.
You’ve executed “sprawling” tasks which have spanned years, and also you’ve stated this new EP is a “snapshot of some months.” Having executed each, do you’ve a desire relating to songwriting/recording? Do you prefer it higher when you’ve some time to stew over a music, or do you end up having fun with a extra “wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am” tempo?
I like working inside a extra condensed timeframe for certain. There’s nothing extra irritating for me than being enthusiastic about one thing after which, having to sit down round and look forward to a large number of causes – my objective is to maintain making music this fashion and hopefully make a complete album in a couple of weeks, that sort of factor. However who is aware of…possibly that can change?
When you may return to 2017 and provides one piece of recommendation to your self proper after you recorded Crawl House, what would you say?
Cease overthinking all the pieces and attempting to be all the pieces! [laughs] I feel I put WAY an excessive amount of strain on myself at the moment and was setting enormous expectations for myself. I forgot to have enjoyable alongside the way in which and I drove myself loopy over tiny issues. I discovered rather a lot after Crawl House although, and I don’t assume I’d be the place I’m with out that.
I do know that issues are nonetheless not open as a consequence of COVID, however have you ever discovered a “dance ground” someplace? Even when it’s in your kitchen?
Oh, the dance ground is actually in all places in my home. Just about wherever I’m alone. My again yard particularly although – making this EP in quarantine had me pacing and thrashing in my yard day-after-day.
Die four Ur Love – each the video and the EP – are out now.