photo: @tumitladi / @lashshotsstudio

GROWN #InTheHouse: Tumi Tladi

Kicking off our #InTheHouse series, we sent a small Q&A to upcoming artist @tumitladi who took us through what is keeping him busy, what he’s been wearing and also some advice for some of the creatives out there. Check out the exclusive feature below.

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HOW ARE YOU? ARE YOU DEALING WELL WITH BEING LOCKED DOWN?

“I am ok given circumstances you know definitely could’ve been better but in these times of lockdown, instead of complaining and panicking we should just focus on hard work and creating content and just working you know. Distractions aside just focus on the work and don’t focus too much on the fact that it’s lockdown, try and focus on the fact that you need to make money and earn a living and find another way, there’s always a way so yeah.”

HAVE YOU FOUND IT EASIER OR MORE DIFFICULT CREATE MUSIC?

“It’s been very easy to make music because I have a studio and my producer has a studio and we live in the same complex so making music is never been a problem.”

WHAT IS YOUR DAILY ROUTINE SINCE THE LOCKDOWN?

“My daily routine is pretty much wake up go to the computer research music and innovative ways to make content. Play a bit of some PlayStation so I can listen to music and get inspired, yeah definitely playing PlayStation and listening to music at the same time is very important to me because I don’t overthink and whatever stands out can really let me know that this music sounds good and I can be inspired and feed off the music I’m listening to while I’m playing my games and then the other than that, also just recording music and making content, trying to think of skits uhm that’s usually the daily routine maybe one or two aspects might not be done on that day but that’s usually what I’m up to.”

WHAT NEW HOBBIES HAVE YOU PICKED UP IF ANY?

“I’m never really picked up any new hobbies because already what I do on a daily before that I was doing those things and in addition having to do shows and having to mingle and be at events and everything so me being at home, I’m just doing what I always did if I’m stuck at home and I’m not going out so it pretty much fills the you know the schedule for the day but if I have to say it’s a hobby I guess just it would be researching, learning new things but I wouldn’t call that a hobby but yeah.”

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU WANT TO DO AFTER THIS LOCKDOWN IS OVER?

“When this lockdown over all I wanna do is shows on shows and shows like all I wanna do is perform nothing else.”

WHICH ARTISTS HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO AT HOME?

“I’ve been listening to young thug, I’ve been listening to Drake, discovered a new artist called “Loner” [yeah man] that’s pretty much been my on my playlist, Lil Uzi Vert. In terms of SA, Rouge one by one [yeah] it’s those type of artists I’ve been listening to. I really do feed off artists like Drake so I listen to a lot of Drake , Playboi Carti as well, I forgot to mention him and then it must turn them into a South African feel when I’m inspired.”

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HOW WAS IT RELEASING YOUR EP DURING LOCKDOWN? WAS IT ANYTHING THAT YOU EXPECTED?

“Funny enough, even though this lockdown thing was a crappy situation; In terms of making the EP and getting it ready was fun, I had fun with @lashshotsstudios, you know I have fun with my producer from a distance even though I was just sad that I couldn’t even work with him in person but I mean I was even surprised to be honest that we were able to release such a quality EP because we’re so used to working so close to each other but @lashshotsstudios came to the rescue in terms of branding the EP and branding myself so shout out to Last Shots for that but yeah even people’s reaction to the EP was definitely unexpected and amazing and i’m excited too to see what people think of the new music that comes out afterwards.”

OUR FAVOURITE SONG IS “BASADI” , WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOUR FAVOURITE SONG IS?

“My personal favourite song is “Never Given Up” and my honorary mention being my second favourite song would definitely be the first song on the EP called “Freak”. I see that it’s the people’s email second favourite song definitely be the first one you pick up favourite from the EP. Surprisingly “Basadi” and “Freak” have been fighting each other so it’s pretty fun to watch songs compete against each other and my side my personal one that I just really feel and listen to all the time is “Never Given Up”.

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WHAT DIFFICULTIES DID YOU FACE RECORDING YOUR “SPOTLIGHT” MUSIC VIDEO UNDER LOCKDOWN?

“To be honest i had so much fun, it’s a bit of a struggle to remember the difficulties but I’m Lashshots could speak on that since he was focused on the technical stuff. But if I think I remember anything it was “how do we shoot it in my house” and still make it look attractive but other than that I had fun I can’t speak for the Lashshots but I’m hoping he had fun making it [laughs].”

YOU HAVE A FEW FASHION REFERENCES IN YOUR SONGS, WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF FASHION FORWARD ?

“I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m fashion-forward so when I mention it in my music it’s my dream so I’m put I’m trying to put it out in the universe that I want to be jiggy and fashion-forward one day and I want to inspire myself through my music to pursue that but obviously I want to. I’m not those fashion-forward people that look deep and find the right outfits, the right style so my vibe is pretty much on that Drake vibe which is basically fits that are simple so easy going but when I’m performing I make sure I choose that I kill you know but I wouldn’t consider myself as fashion-forward.”

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR STAPLE FIT?

“Obviously my hoodies, I’m A boogie wit the hoodie man. That’s my favourite fit that’s the ultimate comfort for me. And then sometimes, I’ll be in jeans, large tops, my chain and my Apple Watch.”

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER CREATIVES LIKE YOURSELF DURING THIS TIME?

“The best advice I can give others creatives is that create content and doesn’t need to be fancy, all you need is a cell phone and your music so you don’t have a studio, create content, use the old music you recorded to keep your followers in the loop let your audience know that you are pushing your music and don’t be quiet. I think the most important thing as an artist is not to be quiet and put out some content but always make it relatable to your craft. Don’t fizzle out so I think definitely create content videos that relate to your craft and you will be soft at least until the lockdown is over”

Listen to Tumi’s latest EP below.