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Meet Tida

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tida.

Hi Tida, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’ve always grown up around creatives and art but I specifically craved to be around music. My dad is an incredible guitarist and musician and my mom was a great singer. I was a very big Daddy’s girl so whatever he liked— I liked. Sade, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu. Eventually, I wanted to learn more than just how to sing. Slowly I picked up instruments one by one leading up to Drumming. I began living alone at a very young age so I got many jobs like singing at weddings, playing alto saxophone in funk bands that would play at various types of events, and so on and so on. I’ve been around music my whole life. Once I made the decision I could be doing more, I packed up my car and moved to LA and eventually lived in New York for producing too.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My upbringing and past has thrown me in disaster after disaster. Around the age of 14, I was in the middle of a somewhat broken family. My brother raised me until he left to the military and then after that, I was on my own. I grew up in Anaheim and spent countless nights sleeping in parks, couch surfing, eventually I stayed put living out the rest of my high school days in my car with only limited people knowing. I spent many nights without eating and would often steal from the school food like bananas or granola bars. I worked three jobs and had eventually managed to stay put in an apartment to myself around the age of 16. I’m leaving a lot of details out on purpose because I’ve gained a lot of closure with the trauma and obstacles I’ve encountered.

Truth be told my life was not easy, my youth was the most painful time of my life however — I wouldn’t change a thing. No matter how somewhat bad a day was, I always had music. Not only did playing music help me in these times, but listening to music washed away time and troubles. I wasn’t capable of worrying when I’d listen to music like Sade to BADBADNOTGOOD to Frank Ocean and back to TLC and Dom Kennedy. You can’t make music without someone else. Music not only needs an audience to listen to it to have significance, but it also needs other artists to come together and collaborate. In a way that made me feel like I wasn’t alone, I was right there in the room with all these musicians playing around me. When the time was right and I graduated, I packed up all my belongings into my Ford Explorer and moved to LA.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I mainly publicize myself as a musician forefront, however I play with almost every medium of art. I eat it up, haha. I’ve had experience with graphic design, photography, painting (specifically watercolor), poetry and literature. If I had to rank my mediums, I’d say music first, photography second and pen to paper art third. Though I am not the most technically skilled musician and I’m still trying to find my sound, I can lose myself in music. The relationship I have in it is more than words can describe. I think what sets me apart from most is that to me, I kind of see Music as a person rather as well as an invisible force. I treat it with respect. It’s the closest thing to religion I have. I practice it, I preach it, I know there’s always room for more learning and always time to be spent appreciating its presence. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way and everyone’s experience is different. Because music kept me company while I slept alone in a skate park in my youth, I really think it loves me back. I’m very proud I can say I had the opportunity to perform music for a living. To be able to let it not only be a creative outlet but something I could share with others starting from a very young age. It’s given me the opportunity to travel to places like Chicago and New York to collaborate and meet new incredible people. It’s vague but I’m honored to even be lucky enough to say that.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Oh, man have I, haha. Covid has really taken a toll on not just me— the music community, the venues, etc. But yes, mentally and physically it’s made me so drained because music is something to be shared. I’ve withheld on so much content and music because I did not want to stray away from issues at hand. Issues everyone was going through. This time has taught me it’s okay to take a break and slowdown, however. Sometimes we need to recharge different parts of ourselves. Recharge creatively, socially, physically. I tried to use my time to get to know myself better as corny as it sounds. As someone who gets caught up in that “if you’re not working, you’re wasting time” mentality, I feel like I lost myself over the years. It’s okay to relax. Not everything is a competition. Not with anyone and not with yourself. You should be your biggest supporter.

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Takoune Norasingh Hieu Nguyen ODN Productions Cherry Soda Studios

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