GET TO KNOW: Tess Posner
Photo: Jeramie Campbell
After establishing herself with a wealth of rich and compelling releases these last few years, San Francisco-based artist Tess Posner makes her eagerly-awaited return as she delivers her mesmerising new single 'Black Cloud'.
Marking her first piece of new material in two years, 'Black Cloud' makes for a beautifully alluring and captivating return to form for the artist at the helm. With a rich and shimmering production layered with her own spellbinding vocal performance, she is certainly looking to turn some heads with this one.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and influences in recent years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Probably either Mozart or Bach- my parents would play a lot of classical music to me when I was little to relax me or during car rides, and I loved it. It first introduced me to the idea of how music impacts our mind and emotions- creating a feeling of peace, catharsis or an emotional journey through darkness and light. I realized it could speak things that I couldn’t say. This was how I fell in love with music.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I didn’t have a band, but I did play a lot of music with my extended family, my brother, and in various spiritual settings. So you could say it was a kind of family band!
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
My mission with creating music is to bring healing, empowerment and hope and take listeners on a journey to discover their own inner power and freedom.
For material, I get inspiration from journaling and writing. I also get ideas from people watching, conversations, and nature. Nature is a huge inspiration because nature holds metaphors for the human experience.
My mentor once told me that being a songwriter is a 24-7 job because you always have your antenna on for ideas. I save thousands of notes and voice memos in my phone from walking in nature, out in the city, in the middle of the night, that sometimes turn into full songs but often are just seeds that I come back to later.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Oh that’s a tough one! The greatest thing about songs is that once it’s written, it kind of belongs to the world and not just the creator. So I’d say I don’t wish I’d written any song, I get to enjoy the songs I love by singing them and learning from them!
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
Probably my very first house concert where I performed my original songs for the first time. It was terrifying and exhilarating, and it started me on this path. I remember this orchid blooming that day even though it was the middle of winter, which I took as a sign to keep going with music and follow my heart.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Florence and the Machine!
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
Labrinth, Hozier or Aurora.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
My #1 goal is to create music that brings a positive force of healing and empowerment. So I hope that in 5 years, that message can reach people in a deeper way as my craft improves. But in terms of projects, I hope to be on my second or third full album by that time, getting ready to go on tour! Also, to me music is this incredible force to bring people together and create community, so I hope to spread that and grow that over time. I’ve been so fortunate to collaborate with some amazing people, so I hope to continue that and have a thriving community of creatives as well as fans to connect around the world.
Tess Posner's new single 'Black Cloud' is available to stream now. Check it out below.