A&A – Hi Tina Boonstra, for those who don’t know you, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m an artist based just outside of London. I’ve been writing songs since I was a kid, but started performing on the open mic circuit a few years ago. I write about anything and everything, love, faith, doubt, terrorist attacks, bike rides… anything.
A&A – You have just released your latest single ‘What is the rush?’ How has the reaction been to the song? It’s also the first release from a new EP. When should we be expecting that out and tell us about the EP
It’s been great to release new music again, it’s always a bit scary to put something new out into the world, but the response has been amazing. It always blows my mind that people take the time to listen to my music, share it, write about and send me messages about how they hear the songs and how the songs speak to them.
The new EP is called City of Doubt and it’ll be out this summer.
I accidentally wrote a story about dealing with anxiety with the help of some really good friends. That’s what this EP is and I can’t wait to share it with the people I do life with, cause it’s about them, about us, navigating through these crazy times, working it out together in good times and bad.
A&A – It’ll be your first EP release since 2018’s ‘(My Concrete Heart Will Beat Again)’ how has your sound developed or changed in the last couple of years?
Yes, it’ll be my first full EP since 2018, I released a series of singles last year called ‘Underrated Animals’. This time round I spent a lot more time working on my own demos, I learned a lot about production and developing sounds, I really loved it.
Every time you make something it feels like you put your all into it. This new EP feels like that again.
A&A – Who are your influences in music?
I’m influenced by so many different artists, it’s hard to pinpoint the main ones. I’m really passionate about songs, more than a specific sound. Lyric and melody. To me that’s everything. If it moves me, it doesn’t really matter what genre it sits in.
I’ve been loving the work of Lucy Dacus and Boygenius lately. They’re incredible writers and artists.
A&A – If you could collaborate with any artist or producer, who would it be and why? And who would be your favourite artist to support?
I would love to work with Catherine Marks, she’s an amazing producer, she actually worked on one my favourite albums ever, Black Mile to the Surface (Manchester Orchestra).
A&A – What should people expect from your live show?
In my live show expect energy, passion and moments of spontaneous singing.
I try not to play it safe when it comes to live shows, I always want to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone, it feels vulnerable, and doesn’t always work out how I planned it. But I love it.
A&A – What’s the best thing about being in music?
I love that I can make stuff. I love that I’m allowed to spend time writing things that move me.
There’s just nothing like being in a room, on your own, or with a friend making something that has never existed before.
A&A – We discovered you on a new music playlist on Spotify. We love discovering new music here at A&A. What have you been listening to?
I’ve been very much enjoying Laura Marling’s new album, it’s just lovely. I also discovered a band called Birdtalker on a playlist a little while ago, really loving them right now.
A&A – What are your plans for the rest of 2020? Current coronavirus pending?
It’s so hard to make plans at the moment. I’m finding it hard to think beyond the end of the week, let alone the end of the year. But last year I set myself a challenge to release two EPs in 2020, so even though all my live plans have been cancelled I’m still trying to work towards that.
City of Doubt will come out later early summer and hopefully there’ll be a second towards the end of the year.
A&A – If you could describe yourself with one song, what would it be and why?
Young pilgrims – The Shin
‘I fell into a winter slide
And ended up the kind of kid who goes down chutes too narrow
Just eking out my measly pies.
But I learned fast how to keep my head up ’cause I
Know there is this side of me that
Wants to grab the yoke from the pilot and just
Fly the whole mess into the sea’