Location: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: RCA Recording Artist/Actress
Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 11 "Gamma"
ChicksNKicks: We've almost seen a rush of artists coming out of LA in the last three years. What sets you apart?
Tinashe: I think I have an interesting perspective. I'm mixed, I'm from California, I'm 21 and I write my own music. Everyone has their own story to tell and I just want to be true to myself. I think embracing what's real about you [and embracing your differences] is what sets you apart from people. My dad is from Zimbabwe...
CNK: Your mom is from Iowa, right?
Tinashe: Yes! She's from Iowa! You know, it's such an interesting combination and I just try to embrace all the different sides of me and not limit myself to one thing.
CNK: Even though you're relatively young, you've been singing professionally for quite some time. Talk to us a little bit about your former girl group 'The Stunners' and how you eventually decided to go solo.
Tinashe: I started in 'The Stunners' when I was 14. I was working in major studios, writing music for people, and learning how to record music. The Stunners was a very valuable experience just to get my feet wet and learn. When I was 18, I really felt I was prepared to do my own thing - it's been a great ride for me to make my own music about stuff that relates to me.
CNK: We were talking earlier about the music that makes people feel something. Would you say your perspective makes you a more relatable to your audience?
Tinashe: Absolutely. I think being relatable is what connects you in an organic way, especially at the beginning of your career. I don't necessarily have a normal life, but I still go through the same stuff that a lot of people go through.
CNK: Speaking of being able to relate, In Case We Die x Reverie were two pretty personal projects that you dropped back-to-back in 2012. Tell us about that process.
Tinashe: I actually made In Case We Die in less than a month and Reverie in the same. I wanted people to have something really tangible to hold onto in terms of my style and who I was.