From songwriter to fitness enthusiast, Talitha Tan is a woman of many talents. We caught up with her to get the details on how she began her music career and her greatest achievements to date -- including her power lifting accomplishments and plans of releasing a new single later this year. Check out Talitha's full interview with MISSBISH below!
Not only are you a singer and songwriter, you're a power lifter and rock climber. How did you find these passions and how do you fit them into your schedule?
I’d like to think I’m a Jack of all trades! I wouldn’t say I’m a master of any, but maybe a little above average for some of them? I'm a musician, parkour athlete, and powerlifter--which I just recently won a gold medal for! As well as a fitness enthusiast! Haha.
Well, I guess with being a full-time singer/songwriter/performer, I don't exactly have a 9-5 job. So my time can either be very packed or very flexible. My passion for fitness/sports though, I've always loved the idea of being strong and able to prove that I as a lady am able to do the unexpected. I absolutely love the adrenaline that I get from sports.
You began with your music by posting covers on YouTube, how did you get recognized? Tell us about your story as a musician.
I started by singing in the shower! Haha. Remember the days when people used to go on YouTube a lot just to listen to covers? People like Tori Kelly, Tyler Ward, Daniella Andrade, Boyce Avenue, etc? I used to follow them a lot! Every time they posted a new cover, I thought, "Hey, if they can do something like that, why can't I?" I had a handycam (that i still use today!), picked up the guitar, started learning songs, and started posting. From there, eventually I went to open mics; I would say people noticed me there and started calling me for performances. But, people only started really noticing me when I began writing my own music.
Do you ever get writer's block when writing songs? How do you overcome this?
All of the time! More than you can imagine. I usually write based on things that happen, and I write best when I'm emotional. Not everyday do I get a broken heart. Also, because I only play the guitar, eventually I get sick of the things that I play. A different instrument or sound will usually help. But always keep writing, it gets easier. Practice makes perfect, right?
Where do you get your inspiration from when writing songs?
Heartbreaks, real life experiences; sometimes I listen to music that I like and get inspired from there. It could be the melody from the song or the lyrics that are able to touch me.
"I can't make everyone happy... There will be haters hating what you do but you can always choose to take it as constructive criticism."
What has been your favorite performance so far?
Good Vibes Festival 2017 has got to be the best! Sharing the stage with Najwa, Kodaline, Snakehips, The Kooks, etc. To be performing at the same event as Pheonix, LANY, and so many others. What made it amazing were the people who came for my set and who waited for me to begin, sang along to my songs, and support me and my music. It was great to be on the stage doing what I love.
Writing my first song "Sigh," which I never thought I'd be able to write. But I'm most proud of the first single I officially released which was "Okay." Never would I have thought that I'd be getting my music produced, or making it on the radio, or have people wanting to listen to it on Spotify and iTunes.
What can we expect to see from you next?
A new song released by the end of the year, hopefully along with a music video.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
That I can't please everyone. Not everyone is going to like my music or what I do. I can't make everyone happy. But I know for a fact that there are people out there that love my music. There will be haters hating what you do but you can always choose to take it as constructive criticism.
Who is your biggest influence within the music industry?
Tom Misch, FKJ, Jhene Aiko, and Lianne La Havas!
Describe yourself in three words
Animated, affectionate/emotional, approachable.
3 Hidden gems in Kuala Lumpur?
FOOD. I love food with every bit of my heart, so I’d just say food in general. Also, do the people in Malaysia count? It's a country of multiracial and accepting people who I'd say are very welcoming.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
I love how MISSBISH introduces the world to so many empowering, strong women. It’s positive and inspiring!
Who’s your MISSBISH? Tell us who she is and why she’s an inspiration to you?
Jhene Aiko! I love how she doesn’t give a f*ck about what people think. She has that whole, “I do me,” vibe and that’s what I live for.
Photos by: Roshan Menon