In just over a year, singer-songwriter-dancer Tate McRae has become a superstar. Not only is she one of the most influential artists of 2021, but she’s also bringing a breath of fresh air to the music industry, mixing her vocal ability with her incredible dance moves. The first time Tate made a name for herself was actually as a competitive dancer. She’s now taking over the world with her first EP, Too Young to Be Sad, and will be Stingray’s Rising Star this May.
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To date, what is your favorite song that you’ve ever written?
My favorite song I have released would be between “you broke me first” and “wish Ioved you in the 90s.” I’m a perfectionist, so I can easily get sick of my songs, but these two hold a special place in my heart.
Who inspires you musically?
Post Malone, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, and a lot more artists. I can also find inspiration from rap songs to pop to country songs— they all help my lyrics in different ways.
When did you start writing songs?
I started writing songs when I was around 8. They were terrible, but I had such a strong passion for writing and telling stories.
Do you come from a musical family?
Not really! We all are music heads, so we love finding new artists and really diving deep into songs, however, my parents and brother don’t sing.
What’s the best part of performing for you?
The best part of performing is by far the energy from the crowd. It’s the biggest adrenaline rush ever.
If you could have dinner with one musician (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
I would love to have dinner with The Weeknd. I would be so intrigued to learn more about his mind and his creative vision behind all his songs.
When you are on tour, what is one thing that you absolutely can’t live without?
I can’t live without throat coat tea on tour.
What was the funniest thing that happened to you on tour?
Right before my first show in Los Angeles, I did a squat and ripped the biggest hole in my pants. We had to think quick and find new ones before getting on stage. It was a chaotic experience.
If you had to choose between singing and dancing, which one do you love more and why?
I could never choose. They both are unique outlets for me in different ways; therefore, I could never drop one of them.
What is the best thing that a fan has ever said to you?
The best thing you can hear as an artist from a fan is “your music saved me.” It’s honestly the craziest feeling knowing that your music and lyrics have that much impact on people.
Want more? Check out our PausePlay interview with Tate McRae!