Tiny Dancer – real name not known – is the latest female singer to be tipped for superstardom. If you’ve seen Tiny’s video for her song Who Am I? you’ll know who we’re talking about when we say; flame-red Little Mermaid locks and Kate Bush-esque performance style.
Still only 18, this pocket-sized troubadour has already worked with uber producer Wayne Wilkins and earned herself comparisons to Gwen Stefani and Marina and the Diamonds. We spoke to Tiny about how she got where she is and some of her musical influences AND we’re giving you the chance to download her EP here. No need to thank us, we’re only doing our job.
How did growing up in Sheffield inspire your music?
Not so much Sheffield but my house – music was everywhere at home. My Dad is very musical and was always playing the guitar and listening to music from bands like The Beatles, Phil Collins, The Monkees and Genesis and that exposed me to a lot of great music very early and I grew up with a natural instinct to perform and write songs.
How was working with Wayne Wilkins who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé and Cheryl Cole?
Wayne is a genuine person and obviously very accomplished. He also has a massively infectious laugh! So to be able to learn and gain experience from someone who has been so successful, but is also a really great guy, made our collaboration very fun. He’s taught me a huge amount already.
Where did the name Tiny Dancer come from?
When I was about 6 years old I used to dance on my tip-toes and my Dad gave me the name, and it stuck. Everyone just calls me Tiny.
Which artists do you look to for inspiration?
I take inspiration from such a wide range of artists for many different reasons; Dinah Washington and Amy Winehouse for their fantastically emotional and gifted vocal. Grace Jones for just being herself, the ultimate Grace Jones. Undeniably Bowie, for everything, but that goes without saying. It’s really anyone who gets to do what they love, as it can only come across as genuine.
Which artist would you most like to collaborate with and why?
Azealia Banks is pretty wow!
What’s been your favourite album of the last year?
The Phoenix, Bankrupt. I totally love this synth heavy record!
How would you describe your style and what are your wardrobe must-haves?
I’d like to live in an eternal summer – I love wearing lots of two pieces, currently I’m very into my high-waisted disco shorts. Accessories also play a big part for me as they transform any outfit – I love wearing my watch as an anklet at the moment.
What do you hope to achieve as Tiny Dancer?
World domination?! No really, I’d just like to feel I’d inspired other people in some way.
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