Who is Tasneem Williams?
I am me, what you see is what you get. I am honest, I say what’s on my mind (most of the time) because there is a time and a place for everything to be said. I’ve been told I’m a jelly bean, I think it’s true; hard on the outside, soft on the inside.
A true Leo. LoL
I’m an advocate for the disadvantaged, I don’t use the word weak cos no one is weak. We all need help in some way or the other and I was raised to always help where I can.
How did you get into music?
I started singing in pre-school. My teacher would ask me to sing the Aladdin song “a whole new world”. Then I sang in primary school concerts. I played an ugly sister in Cinderella and high school I also sang in school concerts.
How would you describe your sound?
I listen to everything so I would like to dabble in everything, but for now It’s Pop/R&B with a bit of soul. I feel that music is a universal language and I want to reach as many people as I can.
Professionally, where do you see yourself in 3 years’ time?
In 3 years, I would like to have released an album, toured South Africa and maybe even sing on a cruise liner.
Tell us more about your typical day.
Eat, sleep, write and learn.
In your opinion, how can artists use music to influence positive change within the community?
I think if we talk/sing about the problems and how to change them we would be doing something great. People don’t want to listen to a speech by someone they don’t know, but they will listen to their “idol”. We as artist are really like super heroes, our voices are our super power and people would rather listen to a song and subconsciously they would think about things that matter.
E.g. Black Eyed Peas – Where is the love.
What is the best part of your work?
Seeing the reaction on people’s faces when I perform live. Sometimes they cry, Sometimes they are in shock. LoL
The smile on someone’s face when they hear a song I’m singing and remember something good. Being able to have an effect on someone even for a moment.
Who/What inspires your music?
I have many influences on a different day, from Adele to Demi Lovato to Whitney to my mom.
I grew up listening to Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and I’ve always wanted to do big songs but right now I’m very into a mixture of Adele and Sia. Both extremely strong vocalist but their songs are very differently written or even produced. Sia has more of a roughness to her music I think.
What do you think about the support artists get in Cape Town?
We don’t get enough support, we are constantly asked to perform for “exposure” but when we need to the support then there’s nothing. We only get “support” when we can do our job for free. I think the music industry is starting to change tremendously in a way that there is a space for all of us to thrive, but our own people would rather buy a ticket of R1000 to see artists from other countries than pay R200 to see their own.
What is your least favorite thing about the music scene lately?
No one wants to share, there’s a place for us all in the music industry but no one wants to help each other. But it’s also due to the lack of support we get. Every artist is just trying to survive.
It ties in with question’s 10 answer.
When you’re not working on music, what keeps you busy?
Family, I love being with my family, they keep me grounded and we are extremely close. I dabble a bit in photography as well. I love beautiful things I love capturing beautiful things.
Tell us about the projects you’re currently working on.
I just finished working (on a roadshow) with the Western Cape Government for the 16 days of activism against woman and child abuse.
There’s a couple things I have in the pipe line for 2018 but I’m not at liberty to discuss that yet.
If you could work with any artist/producer, who would it be?
I have much respect for many of our local artists, J.Dubz, Jimmy Nevis, Shekinah. Producers would be Ebrahim Mullam.
I can’t really choose, there’s too many
Do you prefer late nights or early mornings?
Describe your dream project.
Music festival, but I actually want to organize it.
What would we find in your fridge right now?
It’s my mom’s fridge so whatever she bought lol, but cheese, eggs and pomegranate juice is a must.
How do you prepare for a performance?
I’m nervous as hell lol, so I just breathe and warm up the vocals. Drink some tea with honey and I try to talk as little as I possibly can which I usually fail doing.
What has been your highlight in 2017?
My 30th birthday concert, it was held at the city hall on Nelson Mandela’s birthday. It was called Bag it for love. Basically, it was a free concert, people payed with bags of clothing, blankets, food Items and I donated the clothes to different organizations and shelters and homes. Even at a free concert there wasn’t much support, but I was truly thankful for the support I did get.
In 2018, what can we expect from you?
Releasing a single, definitely. Traveling to London to produce some music.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
I honestly can’t think of one. I think I’m more embarrassing everyone around me than I embarrass myself. LoL
If you could give one message to the world, what would it be?
“Always ask questions” and “what other people think of you is none of your business.”
“Be confident in everything you do.”