The new West Coast Spotlight – Teigen Gayse. We got to spend some time chatting with the talented and lovely Teigen about her new self-album which drops today. Its great seeing more music coming out especially since we are still under lock down and no concerts currently. Check out what Teigen had to say below.
Now that your album has dropped, what is the story you are trying to tell with your music? Are you relieved to finally share it with the world?
This album is pretty much my Diary, and also therapy for me haha. I usually write what I’m feeling, or going through at that time. The biggest message I’d like to get across to people through my music is that they’re not alone. Everyone gets cheated on, everyone has a crappy day, everyone has loved someone who doesn’t love them back and it’s always nice to know that someone else out there is feeling the same way and they can relate to that.
What was your process like with the new album?
The process has been pretty intense but I’m enjoying every bit of it. I’m learning lots which is great. For anyone who thinks that when you release an album, you just record it and release it. That is not the case! You can’t just hope that the world likes it. How can the world like it if they don’t know it exists? There is a lot of promo and prep that comes with it. I’m thankful to have the team that I do working with me.
If you had the chance who would your dream collab be and why?
Oh gosh that’s a tough one, probably changes every week for me to be honest haha. If I had to choose one though it would probably be Kacey Musgraves. If I had to choose a guy artist right now, I’d probably choose Parker MCcollum, love that guy’s music and his voice.
Your new single, “Fly Away Boy”, it reminds me of the saying if you love something let it go, because if it’s meant to be, you’ll come back to each other down the road. Is travelling around and the musician transient life hard? That must be tough to leave people you love.
That was the message I was trying to get across for sure. Yes it is hard but it is what it is. I think when you find the right person, you make it work for each other, but I’m still trying to figure that part out haha.
You put out your video for “your girlfriend’s crazy” when you were 23. What was it like being so young and working on it, did you find folks were more collaborative with you and your control over the process? Walk us through that experience.
The music video for “Your Girlfriends Crazy” was such a fun experience. It was my first time ever going to Nashville and my sister got to tag along with me. Everyone that worked on the video was so nice and professional, it was my first video and first single so I had no idea what to expect. I was so young and didn’t really know what I was doing I just let people do their thing. I didn’t have too much input in that video but that’s okay, I didn’t really have any input haha
You’ve been writing since 15, what are some of your inspirations, and what artist would people be surprised you’re a big fan of?
I grew up loving all genres, a good song is a good song. But I think what really inspired me was the family channel haha. I would see all these young kids singing and writing their own music and i thought “if they can do it then so can i” so that’s exactly what i did. The first song I remember writing and recording was called “In my Dreams” and I wrote it about Nick Jonas haha. I had the biggest crush on him.
You have a lot of fun songs, lots of throwbacks too Sara Evans/Dixie Chicks/Carrie Underwood. Who would be your dream collab?
If I had to choose to collab with one of those 3 artists I would have to choose the Dixie chicks. I got to meet the lady who wrote “Wide Open Spaces” while I’ve been down in Texas and I thought that was pretty cool!
Are you from a musical family? I imagine the music scene in Kelowna is pretty varied and interesting?
My grandpa could pick up any instrument and play it, unfortunately he died right before my mom gave birth to me so I never got to meet him. Makes me sad because no one else in my family is musical like me haha. My uncle loves guitar and can play pretty good actually, but his thing is more fixing broken guitars, trading and selling them. Every guitar I’ve ever owned is from him, so they’re all very special to me and I’m very lucky to have him as an uncle
What are some of your favorite venues you’ve played at back here in Canada?
I love playing at the OK Corral in Kelowna. It’s the only country bar in town so it gets pretty wild there. I also really enjoy playing outside at events, like Parks Alive, because you never know who’s cruising by so you can gain a wider audience. Now that this album is released I am looking forward to doing some touring and festivals.
As a female artist, do you find it difficult to break out as yourself, without a flood of people trying to compare you to other country-pop artists?
Yes and no. People are always going to talk and compare, that’s just how it is. I’m still growing and learning about my style and sound and this whole process with releasing my album has really helped me along the way. I just want to be the next Teigen Gayse.
What is some advice you would give musicians that are working towards their goals?
Don’t give up, you never know if tomorrow will be your day. Learn as much as you possibly can, talk to people, get out there and go experience life. Making mistakes only means you’re getting better so keep making mistakes and keep fixing them till you get it right. There is no right or wrong with music so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t play like a certain person, maybe what you’re doing is special. Play with as many people as possible and learn from each other. GO FOR IT, don’t miss out on opportunities because you don’t think you’re good enough, believe you are good enough.
What would you like to tell your fans?
I love anyone who is a fan of my music. It means the world to me that I made an impact on someone. My ultimate goal with music is to make people feel something. When I hear a good song, I am so happy whether it’s a sad or happy song, just to feel something and escape for a few minutes is a feeling I don’t really know how to explain, but it feels good. That is my goal in life and that is what i want my fans to feel like when they hear my music and if I do that to them I want them to tell me about it, it makes me feel like i’m doing my job right
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