OakZINEish PREVIEW: Days in the Dojo, A Conversation with Tia Nomore

OakZINEish hit the stands last Friday and is filled to the brim with art and music news from around the Town. Here’s a short preview of a conversation with young talent Tia Nomore, written by Max Gibson of Wine & Bowties:

“It’s her energy that catches you first: a precociousness grounded by an old soul, coupled with the vibrancy of a 20-year-old Oakland spitter on the rise. I meet Tia Nomore inside “The Dojo,” an intimate studio space a few blocks off High Street in East Oakland. The studio is owned and operated by her “sensei,” beatmaker and sound engineer Exclusive, who first discovered Tia’s talent when her standout track “Suck It Easy” caught his ear. He has taken her under his wing as a collaborative partner. Together, they’re navigating the intersections of art, creativity, and the often treacherous waters of the music industry…

…Having been featured next to fresh faces and known legends from Kehlani to E-40, Tia’s most recent excursion came alongside Iamsu, holding down dates on his Eyes On Me Tour. With her first studio project, Halloween, on the way, it seems as though the momentum is only building for the Oakland-born MC. And Tia’s poise on the mic is hard to deny, a sharp delivery that matches anecdotal tales with real talk wisdom and a healthy dose of bravado. Over at The Dojo, I spoke with Tia about her upbringing and her craft. In the process, I gained some insight into one of Oakland’s brightest young talents.”

To get the zine and read the full interview, drop by either the Oaklandish downtown or Dimond stores. Copies are $3 or FREE with a purchase of $20 or more.

*photo by Lauren Crew — laurencrew.com