We had the pleasure of interviewing Tiki Black, Musician and Author. Here are the excerpts from the interview.
Hi Tiki, Great to have you with us today! Please share with our readers about your journey.
I was very hesitant to start my creative journey because of the financial instability for which it is reputed. But eventually, after I realized the hidden uncertainty of the so-called 9 to 5 jobs and the way your soul slowly dies a little bit at a time for not expressing your true self, I caved in. I started with local open mics, then went on to travel wider and wider until I got my first single, my first music video, my first album, and I just went on that way.
Whilst doing my second album, I wrote some related poems and ended up creating a whole poetry collection (and one essay). Now, I had been writing novels and poetry for longer than I wrote songs, but I seemed to not be able to complete them until I wrote this book.
Please tell us about your book, The Sound of the Broken Wand: The Poems.
The book encourages us to break the wands of survival to allow for creative growth and emancipation. There are six sections covering each a theme implicit in storytelling, particularly fairy tales from our childhood and beyond: the blood (representing life and death), the cage (representing prison and refuge), the mirror (reflection and deflection), the crown (power and duty/debt), the shoe (journeys and unbeaten paths) and the wand (bewitchment and magic). Each section contains four works.
What are the strategies that helped you become successful in your journey?
My strategies are mainly doing as much touring as my multiple jobs, and my family allows me to. I try to increase the recording of my live shows. Whatever I do, from writing to performing, I always am my authentic self, outside the borders of the time, space, and fashion I live in. Doing what you are supposed to, what people expect, or what will make you popular is not creativity. Creativity is supposed to free your mind and bless and nourish your audience, not just fill them up.
Any message for our readers.
If you have read this far, THANK YOU! I would thank anyone who clicks through, but they will not necessarily read this far!
Fantastic! So tell us, how can people find out more about you?
Thank you so much, Tiki, for giving us your precious time! We wish you all the best for your journey ahead!
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