What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is Tailand straight outta New Orleans, Louisiana. Tailand's sound is futuristic and wavy. We can definitely see Tailand performing alongside artists such as Uzi or Carti. His energy is exceptional and finely tuned for concert stages. The New Orleans based artist is making moves in his hometown so we had to tap in with him. Checkout the interview below!
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Tailand? Your sound is fire. When did you start making music?
Tailand: At 16, I discovered I had a talent for freestyling; I'm talking impressive wordplay, flow, & performance. After that realization, I decided it was time to document my skill, leading to me recording my first track in 2019.
Westleaf Staff: That's fire! So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Taiand: My mother always played records in the house while cleaning or in the car, picking me up from school. I was always curious about who the artist was, regardless if it was Reggae, Hip-hop, Reggaeton, or R&B. It's safe to say I grew up exposed to a vast range of music.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope. Shoutout to your mom for playing those jams. What city do you represent?
Tailand: New Orleans, Louisiana
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Shoutout Nola! So how did you create your stage name?
Tailand: My music is an invitation into my mind, a welcoming into Tailand. I made my name with the intent to represent a space of existence, a dimension created by my thoughts.
Westleaf Staff: I love that. Tailand is a dope name! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Tailand: My biggest musical influence is myself. Everyday I self-relfect what I could do better as an artist. I consistently strive to make a better song than the last. I'm in competition with myself & that drives me to keep breaking the boundaries of creativity in every project I release.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Shoutout to you young legend! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Tailand: I feel as if I haven't experienced that defining moment just yet. I know it's coming, especially with the hard work I put in.
Westleaf Staff: That's real bro! So what does art mean to you?
Tailand: To me, art is the self-expression of one's creativity. Some paint it, some write it, and others, like me, create it sonically.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Tailand: I see my career going further than I expect, honestly. What's planned for now is to eventually use the status I create from being an artist as leverage to kickstart my label. My passion will forever be music, & establishing a foundation to help artists live off their creativity has always been a monumental goal of mine.
Westleaf Staff: Facts! You can do it bro. What makes you a unique artist?
Tailand: My personality is unique, & that's reflected in my artistry organically. The factor that makes me stand out is that I'm being myself.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success in your career! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Necessary, Therapeutic, & Impactful.