Tate McRae is a fast-rising singer, songwriter and dancer, and now MTV’s global PUSH artist of the month. From her early years gaining a dedicated following online for her original music, to her debut EP “all the things I never said” released at the start of this year, the breakthrough Canadian pop star is only just getting started.
As MTV’s PUSH artist of the month, McRae performed her singles “Vicious” and “You Broke Me First” and sat down for an interview to discuss her goals for the future, venturing into songwriting, and how she stays connected with both her musical process and her fans.
On her songwriting process in the studio:
- “Sometimes when you get in a session… I know that people have writers and producers and they always want to create the best “hit song” and whatever is going to work and whatever is going to flow. For me, it’s honestly like: Does that make my gut wrench? Does that make me actually feel something? That’s where you actually connect with songs and that’s where songs become really personal to you because you feel like they’re talking about your own life.”
On digging deep to write her single “Vicious”:
- ““Vicious” is definitely a song that is totally different from anything I’ve ever done before. Usually, I have the victim side of songs, you know, I’m usually telling you exactly how I feel and they’re pretty sad and emotional. This one is, I refer to it as “feisty Tate.” It’s definitely a whole other side of me that’s more revenge-driven… I feel like when I sing it, it’s getting back at someone instead of dwelling on something and sitting in your bedroom and crying and being all sappy about it, wishing they were back in your life and now being like, Alright, I’ve moved on and you’re about to see me thrive and you’re about to see me make it big now.”
On using her background as a dancer when making music:
- “As a dancer, you know when you’re moving, I feel like you’re listening to the music so much because you’re trying to portray it with your body. You’re dissecting a song way more than anyone would actually think you are. And that’s how I feel when I get into the studio for music, it’s: Can I dance to this, and could I be able to make a performance with my body and really be able to tell a story through it?”
Throughout the month of July, MTV will roll out exclusive performances, interviews and personalized content to bring fans closer to Tate McRae across MTV’s on-air, digital and social platforms around the world.
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