Tinashe Talks Success: ‘I’m Never Satisfied’
In it, Tinashe touches on everything from the pressure that comes from working with industry heavyweights to her definition of success.
When asked whether she felt intimidated when first faced with the prospect of working with hit makers Dr. Luke and Max Martin (driving forces behind major pop acts like Katy Perry and Britney Spears), she said, “In a way, yeah, because you know they’ve done so many amazing things. But I’m not easily intimidated. I’m never satisfied, even though I’m super-happy with the success I’ve had. I’m always thinking, ‘How can I take this to the next level? How can I step this up?’ With them, it was the opportunity to be like, ‘This is when I make my number one.’”
She also talked about how important success is to her -- but not on a monetary level: "I don’t really care about making a lot of money, but I care about being the most successful. I don’t necessarily consider dollar signs the most successful. You shouldn’t get into the music business because you’re trying to get rich – there are so many career goals that are way easier, way less work, way less stress, and you’ll make way more money.”
JaQuel Knight, her choreographer, is quick to praise the “2 On” singer for her strong work ethic, going so far as to compare her to Beyonce: "She’s not afraid to get in there and dance all day. There’s no diva behavior….You know, Beyoncé is the only other person like that! Their work ethic is so similar."
There's a reason Tinashe has such a strong work ethic -- aside from straight-up ambition, she wants to bring back the performative aspect of being a pop star, modeling her career after artists who danced and sang at the same time: "Growing up, that performance element was half the reason I loved music! Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Britney... I loved watching videos and learning the choreography. I want little girls to see my video and say, ‘Oh my God, I wanna learn those steps!’ All their friends would have a sleepover and try to figure out the routine, like I used to!”
Read the full interview over at Dazed Magazine.