Tammy Haider is a musician and textile designer inspired by emotion and stillness. We asked her about her creative process and what we can expect from her upcoming solo album.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration in many places. I'm a keen observer of people and myself, always fascinated by the spectrum of emotions we humans have. Quiet time alone is definitely underrated in this hectic world we live in. And for me, stillness and solitude definitely contribute to my creativity. A road trip or a trip around the world can prove equally inspirational.
How does collaboration fit into your creative process?
Very prominently these days! I used to hold on quite tight to my ideas and in the early days of playing solo, I was very precious that everything I did came from me. With the making of my upcoming album, I have definitely jumped out of my comfort zone and allowed my song ideas in their most initial, early stages to be unveiled to others for input. This for me, as someone who likes to create in private and under wraps, was quite confronting. Collaboration has made my songs have more depth, texture and shimmer in all the right places. This would not have been so if I had made them alone. Everyone I have worked with has brought something unique and special to the table, I have just had to be courageous, and open up to the process.
What do you love most about what you do?
There are so many things!. I love the fact that I can express moments/misunderstandings/encounters in a form I would otherwise be unable to articulate in a conversation. Songs for me are figuring out all the unexplainable emotions we all wade through each day, they are how I make sense of my life and things that happen.
What can we expect from your upcoming album?
I wrote most of the songs over a heady summer a year ago. Most of what I write about is largely uncensored like reading my journal so the material is rather exposed and vulnerable, but with an underlying strength. It's part confessional, with varied subject matter, hazy beats, and subtle layers of guitars and electronica.
What are three tips you would give to anyone wanting to be a musician?
1. Listen to yourself always. Intuition is a powerful tool.
2. Surround yourself with other creatives and find your tribe. We all have much more power and impact in numbers (plus it's much more fun).
3. Treat your craft as sacred. Work out what inspires you to create and tap into that as regularly as you can.
Image credit: Nicola Dracoulis
Tammy Haider is a solo artist and graduate of the RMIT Diploma of Textile Design and Development (Weave and Printing), 2016.
"Listen to yourself always. Intuition is a powerful tool." - Tammy Haider