Q&A: Teri Eloise

Born in England and Raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Teri Eloise’s debut release ‘Blossom’ showed how artfully she was able to merge and fuse these two cultures. She now returns with ‘Lose Myself’, a track with classic pop and R&B vibes that showcases her versatility as an artist and performer.

LOCK sat down with Teri Eloise to talk all about her newest release, plans for the future, and her main musical inspirations.

Can you quickly introduce yourself?

My name is Teri Eloise, I’m 21 years old, born in the UK and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. I’m a singer, songwriter, producer and a visual artist

What first inspired you to experiment with music?

I think music has always been something that I really connected with and understood – it’s always been my safe place. I grew up listening to a wide range of different genres in music, admiring a lot of different artists, and it simply got to a point where I wanted to make my own music too.

What part did your childhood play in shaping you as an artist and a musician?

Growing up in Trinidad, where the culture is so vibrant and diverse, I was exposed to a really wide range of music from Calypso, Soca, Dancehall, Reggae – the list goes on. Also, I think being the youngest, I basically grew up listening to whatever my family was listening to. My dad had his LP, vinyl collections full of heavy metal, rock & roll type of records like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, etc. and my mum and older sister were both really into R&B, always playing artists like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, TLC – the list goes on. Because of how I was brought up and the music I was surrounded by, I have a deep appreciation for so many genres and it really influences my music to this day, which is why I’m looking forward to releasing more in the future so I can showcase all my different sides and sounds

Was the recording process for this song any different to ‘Blossom’?

I absolutely loved recording both Blossom and Lose Myself for sure, but I think Lose Myself was probably my favourite song that I’ve recorded so far. I felt a lot more confident in my creativity while working in the studio, and I think that’s something that builds with experience so I’m really looking forward to future recordings too. Lose Myself was also really special to me because I took a much larger role in the production side and I also pushed my vocals more which was really fun. Also, building the harmonies and getting really creative with editing the vocals, I really enjoyed all of that.

What were your three musical highlights of 2018?

Releasing my first two singles ‘Blossom’ and ‘Lose Myself’, filming my first ever music video for ‘Blossom’ and lastly, connecting with new listeners from around the world have definitely been my three highlights of 2018

If you had the opportunity what other genre of music would you like to experiment with?

I would love to experiment with Reggae one day. Reggae was one of the first genres that I became obsessed with when I was a child, specifically Bob Marley. I remember how much I loved researching him and learning about who he was and what he did for people. His music and his messages of peace, love, social justice and unity still inspire me to this day. So yeah, I think it would be really cool to experiment with Reggae.

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