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What it’s like working as a musician

Tash Hills is a singer from Portsmouth, Hampshire. She combines 80's soul, whilst fusing modern funk, pop and house music.

When I was about five, I remember listening to my Dad’s vinyl and cassette collection and my love of music started there. I was always singing away in my room, reading the lyrics from the album inserts.

Music always resonated with me, and I started playing instruments at age ten (recorder, clarinet, saxophone, and keyboard) which eventually led to my interest in singing and being a musician.

I have been a singer since I was about 17. I joined my best friend’s band called ‘Innervisions’ (named after a Stevie Wonder album) and we started gigging in local pubs.
This year we have some exciting projects that we are working on with more producers. We have lots of festivals and gigs and a big London show planned at the of the year at the Fiddlers Elbow in Camden.

My highlights as a musician

So far, the highlight is supporting Arrested Development. We have had some incredible opportunities in the last three years playing the Isle of Wight, Haslemere and Victorious Festival and supporting other artists like The Feeling, Secret Night Gang, Ja Funk and Acantha Lang.

Common misconceptions about the industry

Stats on streaming – for example, Spotify. High numbers on this platform do not equal a physical audience in a venue. You still need the traditional method of building an audience by regularly gigging and organically growing an audience.

My advice if you want to be a musician

Believe in yourself, don’t give up and keep going even when you don’t see results.

As cliche as it sounds, you really need that at the core of everything you do. Stay in your lane and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Have a strategy, plan what you’re doing and don’t look at the numbers.

The best piece of advice I have been given

When songwriting you need to brainstorm your ideas, stories, words and revise everything and then do it all again! I’m a perfectionist!

In five years time…

We hope to have played outside the UK, filled some bigger venues, in the UK and released a lot more music!

To find out more, visit iamtashhills.com or follow @iamtashhills on Instagram.

Charlotte Harding
Charlotte Harding
Charlotte is a journalist and the co-founder of The Women's Work Collective.
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