“I think that’s the best way when you just let the song write itself.”
Tanzanian born Tiggs Da Author, is a man with a vast wealth of talent. Singer, songwriter, rapper and producer- his musical abilities allow him to move between the genres of jazz, soul, Afrobeats and grime, alongside a hint of Motown- with effortless ease and to broad appeal. This year welcomes the release a new project; a mixtape paying homage to the reggae and dancehall roots of his youth- a collection of “Riddims” collaborating with some of his personal favourite artists, while an eagerly awaited debut album is slated for release in the coming year.
PAUSE sat down to talk to Tiggs about his musical endeavours and the near miss that almost saw another career altogether entirely in football.
Listening to your music, I hear elements of everything from jazz, soul to Afro-beats and grime, which is rare to find together- where does your inspiration come from?
It comes from everywhere really, like growing up in my household my mum used to play a lot of African Jazz music and Afro-Soul music as well. There are a lot of jazz bands based in Tanzania that the rest of the world haven’t heard, that’s what my mum was playing around the house so that had a massive influence on the direction that I decided to take with my music. And growing up in south London of course, you get influenced by like the MC’s that are there. So grime music, garage.. my friend, my best friend actually, he’s a reggae DJ so I’ve got a lot of reggae influence as well.
You grew up in that wave of garage as it was coming up as well I guess..
Exactly! I mean, even though I wasn’t a teenager when garage was the thing, but we still got a taste of it coz they used to do a lot of raves like when So Solid Crew were at the top. There were a lot of raves I wasn’t old enough go to but I was aware of who they were, Asher D, So Solid and the Heartless Crew, they were sick. It was crazy! I used to look up to them so much. Like at the time, when they were winning Brits, we had never seen anything like this before. You just see people who are like from your area. I was out in New Cross at the time and a lot of them were from South London so it meant even more to me, because it meant, all the mandem can actually do this properly.
Jacket- SCRT, Trousers- ASOS, Shoes- Clarks x Patta
Now music is taking you around the world, what has been your favourite place and why?
Reunion Island. It’s somewhere I never thought I’d end up and it was such an amazing experience because I wasn’t expecting much from it. It was a massive crowd and I got to tour the island where it’s like Jurassic Park or something. So that was my favourite, favourite show. And I was supporting Damien Marley as well so you can imagine, it was the first time I met him too! So everything was just sick!
Jacket – COMME des GARÇONS via ENDS, Trousers – Fear of God via MR PORTER, Shoes- Clarks x Patta, Top – River Island
Top – DIESEL, Trousers- A-COLD-WALL via ENDS, Shoes- Nike via SCHUH
Lastly, to a quick fire round, if you could give the first answer that comes to mind…
Marmite- love or hate?
Ketchup or Mayo?
Tea or coffee?
Apple or Android?
Red or Blue?
And for your final quickfire question – Khinshasa, Nasty or Plaza?
(Laughs) Oh my days! (Pause) KhinNasty