CHIT CHAT: TAHJ MOWRY (EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW)

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In this day and age, everyone wants to be the jack of all trades. Every basketball players thinks they’re a rapper and every model call themselves actors. But they’re very few people who make the jump between fields look so damn easy. We all know Tahj Mowry as Tia & Tamara’s younger brother and the star of the hit series “Smart Guy.” Well that young kid we grew up watching has become a multi-talented young man.

Mowry is mainly known for his acting chops, he is currently starring on ABC Family’s Baby Daddy. But the actor is ready to get his feet wet in the music industry. If we could compare Tahj’s music to anything we could say he is the son of Prince and Miguel‘s little brother. Those are pretty dope artist to be compare to. GirlThatsMySong got a first hand look at Tahj Mowry’s artistry after attending his private showcase. We totally believe that Mowry is going to kill it in this music game so we had to sit down with him to get to know the artist.

Get into our exclusive interview with Tahj Mowry below:

GTMS: What made you want to get into music?

Tahj Mowry: I wanted to sing for a while. It was Usher’s 8701 album that really let me know that I wanted to sing professionally. As of right now, what pushed me to put music out was … I love music. I want to be able to do that. Music gives me something different then acting. I write my music, it’s a little more personal and a form of therapy. I want to showcase that I take my music seriously and I am a songwriter. The songs I am making are from me.

GTMS: Where do you pull the inspiration from for your music?

Tahj Mowry: I am a fan of all genres. I love R&B, rap, alternative, electronic, I love jazz. I just love music. For my specific sound, I drew from people like Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Jackson, of course, Sam Sparro and Jamie Blake. Those were probably the main guys that I was listening to during the make up of this project.

GTMS: You describe your music as “future punk.” What is that?

Tahj Mowry: Overall, my music is very funky. It has a funk vibe to it that makes you want to move and dance. It is very reminiscent of that old school Prince sound where you hear the instruments. You hear the guitar. It’s not all beat pad and machines. But with that said, I mix the futuristic vibe with the old school sound. So it’s kind of like a futuristic funk. If you went to a jazz funk bar in the future, my music is what would be playing. Some people may not get or like it but it’s me. I created it with my producer. That’s what we came up with. I love it! I think it’s cool, edgy, fun, and fresh.


GTMS: Is Miguel someone you listened to while making this EP? You guys sound so much alike to me.

Tahj Mowry: It’s funny you mentioned him because people like Miguel and Jhene Aiko are helping me out. They are so different with their music. They’re making it easier for me so I won’t be as weird. That’s why I love people like Miguel because he is so unique and different. He has his own lane and that’s what I am trying to do. I am trying to be Tahj Mowry; I’m trying to be me. So I am going to make my own lane. I think that’s what music is all about.

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GTMS: What did your family (your sisters that everyone knows) say when you told them you were about to really pursue music?

Tahj Mowry: My family is super supportive. It’s funny because my sister (Tia Mowry) said, when she saw me perform at the show you were at, she was like “Tahj you know, this is what you are supposed to be doing.” I was like “omg.” I just love performing and so when she said that I was like wow, that’s pretty dope. So they were so supportive and it’s like they knew before I knew that I could do it. They said its crazy how comfortable I look on stage performing. Hearing that was awesome. It’s such a high when you’re up there. For me I don’t even remember it because after feeling it so much I’m just singing my songs and it puts you in another world.

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GTMS: The “Dancing Alone” track, what was the message behind that?

Tahj Mowry: Before I wrote “Dancing Alone” I wanted to write a song that was super relatable. That people have gone through or may be going through but I wanted to do it in a fun, different, dance track kind of way. It is like my version of a dance track because it still has a funk vibe to it but at the end it switches up. I realize it’s not the normal set way for a song to be structured; I realize that but its music and I’m just doing what I feel. I wanted to make a really relatable song about catching your girlfriend or boyfriend in the act – from a male or female perspective. Everybody has gone through that or had been on the opposite end of that. The song is saying, you know, you see what they are doing, and why are you leaving me alone dancing in this corner over here. It is kind of a sad song but it’s a funny sad song because it has a lot of attitude and it’s really funky. So it’s about catching your girl in the act and crying on the dance floor because you’re alone now and they left.

GTMS: Your sisters have lived their life in the public eye – from reality show to social media. So how have you avoided that? How have you kept your personal life a secret?

Tahj Mowry: For me I post so many things on my Instagram, I feel like people see stuff about my personal life all the time. But I also like to separate my work from life. That’s just how I am. Just because someone is on television or an artist doesn’t mean that everybody in the world has to know everything. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to do music, so people can learn more about me. That’s one of the main reasons why I want to become an artist because like I said music is personal. So now, people could slowly start to learn more about me. My music is there version of a reality show. I am not a reality show type of guy. I don’t want to eat my lunch with cameras looking at me. [Laughs]


GTMS: What are some of the expectations that you have from this EP?

Tahj Mowry: First of all, I give everything to God. For me, I love music and I love the music that I make and I just want to share that with people. It’s not about going platinum for me. I want people to see that I am not just another actor that decided he wanted to sing. I am doing my music all myself so I can have artistic freedom because labels try to mold you into something that they want you to be. I didn’t want to do that because I wanted something true and personal to me. That’s all I want out of this is to be respected as an artist and a musician and to perform my music to as many people that God would allow me to. I just love performing and dancing. I love to perform and I want to be able to do that with my music and my acting. I want to do both. That will be very satisfying to me.

GTMS: If you had to choose between being the biggest actor you can be, winning an Oscar or Golden Globes, or the biggest artist on the plant, selling out arenas and winning Grammys, what would you chose?

Tahj Mowry: I honestly don’t even know if I can. [Laughs] That’s a hard one because acting gives you a chance to escape for a while and become someone else for a little bit for other people’s enjoyment. Singing on the other side is just you being raw, emotional, and vulnerable. For me, I don’t feel like I am complete without the balance of the two so I cannot choose. I have to be stingy. I can’t choose.

Interview By Ian Jarrell

(Some Photos by Jonavennci David & Styled By Felipe G.)