Feminist-Pop Singer-songwriter Genre Influences: jazz, pop, rock, blues, old country Artist Influences: Jamie Cullum, Adele, Taylor Swift, James Bond Themes, John Legend, Toto, The Beatles, Disturbed, Janis Joplin, The Eagles, Rihanna, Shania Twain, Bonnie Raitt, Regina Spektor, Amy Winehouse, Erik Satie, Movie Soundtracks like Somewhere in Time
If you ever need help writing a song, or some female vocal with versatile range and tone, I can record my voice over your track for you or message you on chordal and lyrical ideas. One of my biggest vocal influences is Ella Fitzgerald, because she could do just about anything. Sarah Vaughan is a good one, too. I am experienced in improvisation and I also play some simple piano and guitar, but voice is my main instrument. I have been taking music lessons for over 14 years, now. I am always looking for an original sound, never going for the mainstream. If there is one thing I am not, it is a disco-musician, or a beat artist, but I hope to work with one in the future. I try to incorporate influences from all genres, to appeal to a wide audience, but generally I pick slower, laid back tempos and go for very wide dynamic range, to the point where it is audible where it does not overshoot.
Another specialty I have is arranging mash-ups, through recording. So if you have a cover you need another cover song to be added to, with some creative range I could definitely use my own voice and maybe some piano and guitar if needed to make something witty, intriguing, and catchy.
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Interview with Tara Gozay
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the singer for my friend Luna's song "Chapter 2". This was recorded under my real name and can be found at the link below. She didn't know what she wanted for later in the song during the music break, as the piano part while elegant, is very repetitive. So, I did a solo on the spot over it. We did a few takes for the solo but when recording, we wanted the take to be as genuine as possible, and did not edit any part of the solo but instead chose whichever spontaneous idea sounded the best. You can find Chapter 2 on Youtube and on iTunes. The music video was of course the most fun part about doing this song, and this was the first project I had ever worked on where I myself was not the writer. Chapter 2 by Luna ft. Tara Gozaydin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fCu3wSN0jc
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My next album, Spin Around.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The creative process! Bringing likeminded people together!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think that because I sing jazz I only sing standards, but actually I sing many other genres, and my own music probably falls a little more into the singer-songwriter/alternative/pop category because I combine all of these genres together. People also think that because I am feminist in my music it is all about hatred, but my music is really more about encouraging people to love themselves, even if for me it often comes from a dark place (but it doesn't always, like when I used my song Speechless to ask someone out!)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What inspired you to write this? What are the details of your vision?
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Vintage but quirky
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't make your mixes too loud before mastering. Also, do get your songs mastered. How You Be You was mixed and not mastered, so for my next album I am currently searching for a good mastering engineer.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Jazz, pop, rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A vintage quality and a lot of drama and passion. I'm all about bringing the louder dynamics louder and the quieter dynamics quieter, without overwhelming the listener. I also love playing around panning.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I usually write lyrics first, perhaps with a melody in mind, then write the accompaniment. It doesn't always go this way; Learning How to Dive (my first song) had the accompaniment first which I was very proud of at the time for its crunchyness and jazzy quality, but I found later on my songs were a little easier to put together if I already knew how many syllables I was working with in the lyrics.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: At home studio
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jamie Cullum has always been my number 1 inspiration. Listening to male singers has helped me develop a unique tone for a high voice since my range and "falsetto" is so different from theirs.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Singing, writing lyrics, and writing music. I have done both instrumentals and vocal music.