Taveeta takes you to hella sensitive paradise with her new EP
If you don’t know Taveeta, you will soon.
Fresh off of playing a mean girl on Nickelodeons “Make It Pop”,” Taveeta now has a debut EP produced by the Rezza Brothers who have worked with some of the greats in music(Cee-Lo Green, Musiq Soulchild, and Bonecrusher). She’s also a trained dancer, so you can def call her Toronto’s triple threat!
As she introduces us to the non-fiction version of herself with the new project, we’ll truly get a feel for who she really is.
Check out our interview with this bad girl gone good below!
How has being born and raised in Toronto, a very cultural city, influenced who you are today?
Toronto is my favorite city in the world. It’s on a wave of energy only truly understandable if you live here. I am constantly inspired by Toronto’s diversity across all spectrums of life, art, and culture. I think what makes us so special is our creative hunger, our open-mindedness, acceptance of all walks of life, and our work ethic.
We work hard and support each other and I feel many Torontonians understand that the key to success is through dedication and collaboration — putting together minds and ideas and working together to create and support one another. That’s what we do best, and is a huge part of shaping my multidisciplinary aspirations and who I am as a person. I wouldn’t want to be from anywhere else.
What was your experience like attending the prestigious Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts when you were younger?
Attending CCAA was one of the best decisions I ever made. Going to an art school, and surrounding yourself around like-minded individuals who want and believe in the same things as I did was essential to my growth as an artist and as an individual. I had so much fun and was constantly challenged. An experience I will take with me for the rest of my life.
Who are some of your favorite artists that have came out of the Six?
I am obsessed with SO MANY artists from Toronto. For starters, the Six God himself Drake is a huge favorite of mine. His energy and his rep for Toronto is inspiring and his music is amazing. I am also a HUGE fan of Daniel Caeser, Jessie Reyez, Alessia Cara, Jahkoy, New City, Jazz Cartier, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd.
Having landed roles in Canadian TV show “The Next Step” and Nickelodeon’s “Make it Pop,” what would you say is your favorite thing about being on set?
My favorite things about being on set is all the behind the scenes action. There is SO MUCH work put into a production and seeing all the little bits and pieces come together to make a final product is fascinating to me. I love being able to be surrounded by that and by a supportive cast and crew. Set vibes are always good vibes.
How do you prepare for an audition and what are some tactics you have to get rid of the jitters?
My audition prep usually varies depending on the role. I always begin with a cold read, and then depending on my immediate connection to the script I’ll move forward to block my scenes or explore my interpretation of the character. I almost always prioritize memorizing the lines last, as I believe the understanding of the scene and character comes first and in turn helps you learn your lines quicker.
Have you ever bombed an audition?
I have had a few auditions where I came out disappointed with my performance, but I’ve learned to accept it and treat it as a moment to grow from. I am human and sometimes things don’t go my way, and for me it’s all about furthering my craft and moving forward in a positive direction. One door closes, two more open. Always.
So you sing, dance, and act! Yet, if you had to pick one talent to choose as your favorite what would it be?
This is such a difficult question for me. I really do LOVE all of them. I started out as a dancer which ultimately laid the foundation for my love and connection to music. Currently what inspires me the most is playing a new character and laying down a song in the studio. Music in particular is something I have wanted to do for a very long time and I am so happy to finally be sharing it with the world.
How was it working with the iconic Rezza Brothers (CeeLo Green, Musiq Soulchild, Bonecrusher) to produce your debut album”Resurrection”?
Absolutely AMAZING. They are such amazing human beings and they are so incredibly talented and humble. They listen to everything I have to say as an artist and help me bring my visions to life. Specifically to this project, we immediately connected and writing and producing the songs felt so natural. They are my mentors, they are like big brothers to me, and I can’t thank them enough for believing in me and my music. I am so lucky to have them
What inspired the title “Resurrection”?
I wanted my first project to empower. I wanted it to tell a story from beginning to end and to make people feel supported and want to pick themselves up.
The title track “Resurrection” specifically is a song behind the struggles of self discovery and insecurity. It is a song to empower anyone going through a tough time be it relationships, body image, mental health, bullying etc. It is a song I feel is relatable to everyone, and it holds a very special place in my heart, and was the song that sparked the entire project to be called “Resurrection.”
For the people who haven’t heard it yet, what should they expect?
They can expect to hear a range of pop, R&B, dance, dancehall, and rock fused smoothly into one with what I feel is a very honest and sweet tone. The writing style comes from my personal perspective. I feel the entire EP and especially my debut single “Resurrection” and my favorite track of the project “Retrograde” showcases a side of myself my fans/following don’t really get to see. It’s very empowering, fun, edgy, and vulnerable. I’m happy to be able to communicate my feelings and my stories and dreams into my music this way.
Which song on the album really resonated with you and why?
Besides the title track, song number 4 in the project called “Retrograde” really resonates with me and is in fact my favorite off the project. The moody, edgy, vulnerable and dark vibe to the song is something physically connect with very much, and creating this track was more of an emotional release for me. I couldn’t be happier with how it came out and will always have a special place for this song in my body, mind, and soul.
What’s your favorite activity to do with your girls?
My favorite thing to do with the girls is to go thrifting followed by some casual drinks and dancing. Nothing sounds better to me then my girls, vintage finds, and good vibes.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what five items would you bring that you could not live without?
1. My mother (she’s not an item but I can’t live without her)
2. Maxwell House Coffee
3. A yoga mat
4. My iPhone #DesertedIslandPics
5. My Journal
Do you have any advice to give to our bb’s who are inspiring entertainers?
My advice to anyone trying to break into the industry is to believe in the power of focusing on what you love. If you love it that’s all that matters. If you dream to achieve it, you will. Hard work and dedication is key. Focus on yourself and your own path and you will find your way.
Taveeta wouldn’t be Taveeta without… ?
An over-sized baggy sweater, my family, my amazing team, and PIZZA.
So what do you have in store for us this year?!
I have a few exciting projects I am working on currently. You can definitely expect MORE MUSIC from me, along with some visuals. I just wrapped up a film called “The Sweetheart” & the 6th season of “The Next Step”. I am also currently working on MGM’s “Everyday” directed by Michael Sucsy based on the novel “Everyday” by David Levithan.
2017 so far has been nothing but good vibes and I plan on continuing to work hard and focus on my passions, and I can’t wait to share them with the world. Xo