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Meet Tamarochka

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamarochka.

Tamarochka, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Ever since I could, I sang. My earliest memories being me singing my heart out to Britney Spears in the car on the way to school. I always had a liking and appreciation for music, and my family was a big part of that. Growing up, I listened to a wide variety of music; Arabic music when I was with my dad, Russian music, pop, hip hop, and dance music with my mom, and classic rock, breakbeat, and ambient music with my stepdad. This gave me an appreciation for what it means to have an eclectic music taste. Each genre has a different way of being able to tell stories and convey emotions, and I wanted to do the same.

I was writing songs since I was 10, my first one being about losing my phone, then started making beats and songs on garageband when I was 11. It quickly became a passion for me, and I knew this is what I wanted to do. I soon started playing guitar and singing at the showcases my local Boys and Girls Club hosted, solidifying my love for performing as a musician.

As a musician and music lover, pop music has always been a powerful force in shaping my perception, mood, and life experience. Pop music is overlooked for how much it can be a catalyst for change and movements, which is why it’s so important for those who have a platform in Pop to recognize and utilize that. I knew I wanted to be a part of something that matters and to help shape even one person’s life the way mine was.

I started experimenting with some of my favorite genres in pop, like RnB, Pop rock, Indie pop. The music was good, but it always felt like it was missing something. I went to my friend and producer Stef and we started writing some music, a hook we wrote sounded uncanny to a country hook. We jokingly said “let’s make a country song, just for fun.” we did and that was when it clicked, I needed to be doing country.

I never had an attachment to country music other than a few artists, mostly due to the association of the genre. I’m a queer woman, and country music isn’t exactly a genre known for having great representation. That was my purpose, I wanted to help change that because music is universal and tells stories about all walks of life.

A good beat, infectious melody, and catchy hook all drive a message a song is intending to convey. By writing country songs with more inclusive themes, the genre can start feeling more like a safe space, all through the sound of a great record.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As an artist, finding my sound was one of the longest challenges I have experienced. Even though sound is something that evolves with a musician, it took me basically about ten years to really solidify my sound. The combination of experimenting and soul searching was how I figured out my message. Growing up with Orthodox Christian values it played a big role in figuring out my identity and coming out. Even though my family abided by these values, my mom was the first to step away from the ideals. She was a big part of why I was able to embrace myself, and always made it priority to raise me and teach me how to be a good human being with a moral compass rather than a person who fits into the mold of religious values.

I’ve always been grateful to have a family and support system that is there for me and loves me, I know this journey would be a lot harder without them. It hasn’t always been easy though, with family members experiencing illness and the passing of some of the most important people in my life, it’s the reason why I have the amount of appreciation that I do. It took a lot of time, inner work, and processing to heal. It wasn’t easy, but I finally got to a place where I saw that it taught me how precious life is, and we really are never guaranteed tomorrow. It taught me to appreciate those who I have in my life and that I should be doing what I love and pursuing what calls to me with the time I do have, seizing every moment and opportunity that comes my way.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I am a singer, songwriter, and producer, but above all a musician. I aim to write music that means something and resonates with others without sacrificing a good, catchy melody.

I want to help reclaim country music as a genre that is inclusive and relatable to more than just a specific group of people. There are so many stories waiting to be told through good music and songwriting.

What sets me apart is I am a queer woman born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in LA, making country music. I have many peers and colleagues in the music industry and none of them are doing country. Especially in LA, it’s almost unheard of in a way, everyone here is doing pop, hip hop, and rap. If you’re in LA doing country, there’s no way you’re from here, but I am, and I’m here to show that a valley girl can make good, meaningful country music.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I’m a firm believer in things aligning and occurring at the time they are supposed to. I am where I am now because of everything I have gone through. Every experience has taught me a valuable lesson and helped me grow as an individual, only bringing me closer to where I strive to be. That being said, hypothetically the biggest thing I would have done differently is to trust the process and surrender myself more to the journey rather than being fixated on a destination or end goal. This is still something I am actively working on, but I have learned to better embrace the ride. Once you get to where you want to be, that’s it, you’re there. Which is why it’s so important to be present for the journey, appreciating anything that comes along the way for what it is.

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