The amazingly talented Tekla Waterfield sat down and did a very special interview with us ahead of her performance at the Artist Home NYE Celebration at The Tractor. Take a look at the interview and join the fun by getting your tickets ASAP here!
What first got you into music?
My mom plays guitar, cello and violin and is a singer so I was around music from a very young age. My sister and I first performed in public when we were about 4 and 5 at our uncle’s wedding. Our mom taught us to sing in harmony. I always felt pulled toward music, particularly singing. I remember using a tape recorder to record Disney songs from movies when I was a kid so I could practice singing along with the songs and perfect them. I sang in choir all throughout high school and college and joined my first band after that, which is when I really starting delving into songwriting and teaching myself guitar. That was in 2009.
Who inspired you to make music?
Definitely have been inspired by a whole lot of people. I often wrote poems as a young girl…usually inspired by some guy I was in love with who had no interest in me, ha! It’s usually people who inspires me: their stories and behaviors. And when I get a strong emotional reaction.. I’m always jotting down lyrics that pop into my head. So people and emotions are what inspire me to write. It feels natural because I’m musical and writing songs feels like such a natural way to express and process.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
American Folk Soul – bits of folk, bits of country, bits of rock, bits of rhythm and blues and soul.
What is your creative process like?
I’ve noticed my juices really get flowing when I’m moving around with music on in the background. A lyric or melody will pop into my head… I turn the music off and either pick up the guitar and start working on a chord progression, or start writing lyrics. I keep a bunch of semi-started lyrics, phrases and ideas for songs at all times so sometimes it’s more intentional and I sit down and look at those ideas and pull from them. I keep a daily journal practice as well, which makes me feel like my creative energy is constantly flowing.
What is one message you would give to your fans?
The idea of having fans is a concept that just feels so strange to me. I think people who like my music are mostly my friends and family, ha! Or people who I’ve shared a connection with as a result of my music. I suppose I’d say this: Thank you. I love you.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
I fantasize about starting a vintage shop where I hunt for all the coolest old stuff, mainly clothes, (which is seriously like my biggest hobby…you should see my closet(s)!!), and have a cute little shop where I sell stuff I find. Also there’d be musical performances, and a sort of community hang area, maybe a place for espresso, there’d be art on the wall…jewelry…all that good stuff! Maybe I will one day… The biggest problem with this is that I detest being the same place, at the same time, every day. I literally cannot stand it.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
I’m terrible at coming up with one answer for these kinds of questions. I’ve been given a lot of really good advice. And encouragement. It’s an ever-evolving thing: learning and growing and reaching a plateau and getting stuck and starting over again and learning and growing. Music wise, a dear friend once told me to just keep creating, no matter what comes out, even if it’s sort of all over the place genre wise. (When I expressed that I wasn’t sure about the direction of my writing style, since it’s so sort of eclectic.) That was helpful for me personally. It feels free to not worry about trying to fit into one kind of box creatively.
What are your upcoming shows?
NYE Artist Home dance party! I’m gearing up to release my third LP in the spring! Most of the recording is already done…just some small bits to finish. I’m also shooting to release my fourth LP next year too so yeah! Gonna be some shows around that time for sure.
Any favorite Ballard memories?
Throwing a potato down the street with some silly friends while sipping on Black Velvet. Whew! Yeah we were younger then. That was wild. Of course, releasing my album in 2018 at the Sunset. That was a momentous occasion for me. So many good memories. I’ll always love Hattie’s.
Be sure to grab your tickets to the Artist Home NYE Celebration at the Tractor here! We will see you there!