NHTE 180 Tina Perez

A singer/songwriter who also performs in the shows at Mango’s Tropical Café in Orlando (2500 capacity venue). She did an EP in 2015, has also released four mixtapes, and is working toward a new EP (or possibly full album). Her background includes having performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as having sung alongside Michael Crawford, of “Phantom of the Opera” fame. Her talents even extend to being a vocal producer and engineer.

Show Quotes: 

“I write my songs very fast... When I get happy about something that I’m writing, I just don’t stop.”

“A lot of times I don’t like to re-write because I don’t want to think too deeply into it.  I feel like that’s when you start double-thinking about things… If I’m flowing, I’m not going to stop, I’m just going to keep going.”

“I guess (that) because I know what I’m looking for in a beat – and production-wise and I like different sounding instruments – so if I listen to something … I give it about 40 seconds into it and if not I’m just going right on to the next one.  I don’t listen to the entire thing because then that’ll happen – you get certain melodies stuck in your head.”

“I did my first talent show in fifth grade and that’s when I realized, ‘Oh, I want to do this for the rest of my life.’”

“I was actually in a reggaeton group.  That was the music that I was doing but I was doing it in English.  So everything that I wrote, it would be over a Latin beat and I was the one English singer in the entire group.  And so, everybody found it amazing… So, they just put me onto festivals and I was doing my own music.”

“From doing festivals, so many people hear you – it’s like thousands and thousands of people, it’s insane … and from that I would just have all these people coming up to me and, like, ‘Hey, we’re interested in working with you’… but I feel like the Latin lane wasn’t where I wanted to go, which is why I stopped doing that kind of music.”

“I feel like performing your own original music in front of people and waiting to see what their reaction is going to be – if it’s good, if it’s bad – it’s not like you can stop midway through the song if nobody likes you, you’ve gotta keep on going.  So I feel like that scared me more than anything.  I never really got scared in front of a crowd or audience, but their reaction to how I’m going to be scared me.”

“Now I know how important Carnegie Hall is and the fact that I even can say that I sang there?  It’s tremendous, it’s amazing.”

“I honestly love what I learned from Mango’s because I was always good on stage, but I felt like Mango’s made me great on stage, because it was such a big production and you had to always be engaged with the customers and make sure everybody had a good time.  You really couldn’t be scared at all.”

“I feel like if you can engage an audience, even if they don’t know your lyrics or they never heard the song a day in their life, if you show them attention they’ll show you attention.”

Songs on this episode: 

“My Love”