CULTED SOUNDS: TAMA GUCCI TALKS TAMAGOTCHIS, RIDERS & HOW BEING NUMB IS NOT HOT
Few things encapsulate Zilennial nostalgia like the tamagotchi – something Tama Gucci knows all too well, and uses to his advantage. The New York City-based, Miami-raised musician, vocalist, and electronic composer aka Kymani Floyd forges his own sound, whilst building a dedicated fanbase from his high-octane covers.
A staple performer in the city’s emerging underground queer scene, Tama Gucci blends futurism with his nostalgia tints – creating a unique sound which is at home on the dancefloor as it is on a power walk. We caught up with him to talk all things riders, his journey, and crazy shows.
Hey Tama Gucci! It has to be said – you’ve got an iconic name. How did it come to be?
Heyyyyy! I loved Tamagotchis growing up. I was obsessed with them and I’ve always wanted to model for Gucci so making Tama Gucci my artist name was merging two of my favorite things into one .
Talk us through your journey – how did you end up in music?
I’ve always been singing. I went to an art school in Miami and that helped me really make the music that I wanted to make since we were only singing classical music and jazz! I started taking it seriously when I moved to New York .
Where’s the place to start for emerging creatives looking to get into the craft?
I believe the place to start is your bedroom. I made and still make the majority of my music in my room! It’s where I’m most comfortable.
What’s the craziest show you’ve ever played, and why?
The craziest show I’ve ever played was in New York at Baby’s All Right. It was when I was on tour opening up for Erika de Casier, the sweetest crowd. It just felt sooo good that night to be singing for them!
What’s been your biggest Challenge?
My biggest challenge is saving money … I love to shop, what can I say.
I love that you can listen to your music on the dancefloor or on a solitary walk and it’s still as powerful – if you had to pick the perfect setting for someone to be introduced to your music, what would this be and why?
The perfect setting for someone to listen to my music I would say is the morning time … after party hours when the sun is coming up where you still wanna dance but you are also revisiting all the beautiful things and people you’ve met throughout the night, leading up to that exact moment!
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How do you want your music to make people feel?
Sexy , strong , beautiful and emotional … being numb is NOT HOT!
Who (or what) do you look to for inspiration?
I watch reality tv for inspiration. My life is pretty chill, I don’t really make space for drama so I live for seeing it on TV. Manipulated or not, who doesn’t love a good reality show?!
Who are your favourite artists right now?
My favorite artists right now are LYZZA , Cecile Believe , Arca , shygirl and… Nicki Minaj !
What does your rider look like?
Ginger beer, plantain chips and champagne!
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Lastly, name 5 tracks you’re loving right now?
1 . Lucky you – By LYZZA
I’m in love with her melodies and tone, it’s so smooth and eerie. I love how she rode the beat!
2 . Throw it – by Babyxsosa
Love baby’s voice. This song makes me really wish I had hair down to my ass so I can swing it around while I’m dancing … bad bitch energy.
3 .Super Freaky Girl – by Nicki Minaj
“ he wanna F, R, eeeeee… Ak “ it’s just sooo catchy and fun ugh I love her sm.
4 . You again – by Kate Havnevik
It’s so pretty and romantic and honest .I love Kate’s voice and vulnerability reminds me a lot of Ellie Goulding who’s another fav of mine.
5 . Show me – by Tama Gucci ( sonikku remix)
Such a beautiful take, Sonniku really blew it out the waters with the production. I loveeee the synths and the drums!