Meet Los Angeles’s Next R&B Star
Tiana has been busy in 2022 writing and recording new music and performing in and around Los Angeles. In addition, she is finishing up a college degree and designing clothing for her merch line, which she plans to release before the end of the year. Continuing her work, Tiana has now released her latest single, “Fade Away,” which is expressed through her very velvety smooth vocals and alluring beats.
Having grown up between Manila and Los Angeles, studying in London, and traveling the world, Tiana now calls L.A. home. The entertainment capital of the world is a place for her to hone her skills and work with some of the best in the business. Her collaborations include TLC, Faith Evans, Sage the Gemini, and an upcoming release with R&B hitmaker, Bobby V.
Tiana’s new song comes on the heels of multiple releases, including hit singles “Back It Up” and “Up to You”, and sets up her upcoming album release for early ’23. Stay tuned for tour dates, merch drops and more new music from Tiana,
Tiana Kocher – Fade Away
Meet and Get To Know Tiana Kocher
Kulture Vulturez: Being originally from the Philippines, where did your interest in music come from?
Tiana Kocher: Well, growing up, my mom and my dad immediately immersed me into the arts. As a child they would put me in dance classes. They would also put me in musical theater camps. [Also], my grandmother is an opera singer. So, I’ve always just kind of been surrounded by the arts. It’s interesting that I found myself in R&B music, even though that’s not what I really grew up with.
But both my parents have very eclectic music tastes. I always remember my dad listening to jazz, funk, soul and rock, and my mom would always listen to pop and R&B. So, I think that’s also kind of where that influence came from.
Kulture Vulturez: Is there a large fan base for R&B music in the Philippines?
Tiana Kocher: You know what, there is a big fan base for R&B, but it’s really mainstream R&B. If I was to go back home to the Philippines and talk about [artists] like Victoria Monet or other R&B artists like that, they wouldn’t really know who they are. But I’d say 90s and early 2000s R&B has a very big influence in the Philippines. Artists like Aaliyah, Brandy, TLC, you know, people and groups like that.
Tiana Kocher – Don’t Trip
Kulture Vulturez: Were you surprised by the success and feedback from your first official release, “Just My Type”?
Tiana Kocher: I honestly was because when I was first approached with the song, it’s kind of rap like, if I’m not mistaken. That’s not something that I was really keen on doing. But, you know, I was like I’m just going to trust the professionals. That was my first release. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I was still getting to know the industry. So, I was very surprised with the success of that record.
Kulture Vulturez: What initially gave you the inspiration to pursue a career in music as an artist?
Tiana Kocher: Actually, at 17, I moved to the UK to study musical theater. I was there for about two years. I went home one spring break to visit family and spend time with my mom and my siblings, and we ended up going to the beach.
While we were at the beach, there was just this guy that had a guitar on the beach. My mom was like, “Why don’t you go sing with him?” So, I was like, “Alright.” I went over to him, and I was like, ‘Hey, do you know the chords.’ The song just so happened to be “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae. He was like, ‘Of course I do.’ He started playing and we started jamming. I sang and my mom took a video. She filmed it and she posted it on Facebook. From there, a producer was like, she needs to come to L.A. That’s really how everything started.
Tiana Kocher – Take Over ft. Sage the Gemini
Kulture Vulturez: How has the transition to L.A. been for you?
Tiana Kocher: It really hasn’t been hard. It wasn’t as hard as moving to the UK where I didn’t know anyone, and I’ve never visited prior. My dad is from San Diego, so growing up and we’d spend a lot of time in L.A., but it wasn’t hard. I noticed how competitive it was, but I never really cared about competition because I always just wanted to be authentically myself. I honestly have had the easiest transition because I always made music that I wanted to make.
Kulture Vulturez: Can you say you have a wide range of taste in music?
Tiana Kocher: I honestly do. If you were to take my phone and look at my Spotify and hit shuffle, you could be listening to like Mozart, and then all of a sudden you could be listening to AC DC. I literally listen to everything, and I think that really shows in my music. Because I listen to everything, that also means I like to work with different people. When I release projects, I never like working with just one producer for the whole [project].
Kulture Vulturez: Since you have been a recording artist, what have been your most memorable and favorite moments?
Tiana Kocher: Some of my favorite moments? I had the opportunity to open for ASAP Rocky, and the show just so happened to be where I was born and raised. That was really nice to do that and to perform in front of friends and family. I also just love meeting creatives and collaborating with people. I had the wonderful opportunity with TLC. There are definitely people that I have looked up to for a really, really long time, ever since I was a kid, so that was also a highlight.
Tiana Kocher – Back It Up
Kulture Vulturez: Your latest song “Back It Up,” what’s the motivation behind that song?
Tiana Kocher: My past three releases have kind of just been mellow and just not the most upbeat. I have been kind of sad. They’ve kind of been like, you know, about breakups, and heartaches, and stuff like that. I just wanted to release something that kind of just reminds my listeners that I can do something else. I wanted to kind of make a song for the girls when they’re getting ready for a night out. Just something that can get them in the mood.
Kulture Vulturez: You also have an upcoming album. What can listeners expect from it?
Tiana Kocher: Honestly, this album is probably my most mature project to date. I want to grow with my listeners, and I want them to see how I’m growing as well, going into my mid-twenties and becoming a young adult woman.
I just want them to see that transition from “Just My Type.” [When that song was released], I was still a teenager singing about this guy is kind of cute. Now obviously, as we get older, we go through the different things in life. I think that’s really reflecting in my music. I have a lot more vulnerable music coming out and relatable music coming out.
Kulture Vulturez: Do you have any passions outside of music that you’re pursuing or would like to pursue?
Tiana Kocher: I do. I actually love just being involved in film production. That’s always been a passion of mine. I also love film photography.
Kulture Vulturez: Other than your upcoming album, what else is next for you?
Tiana Kocher: Well, I just plan to be doing more shows locally around the Southern California area or even just California as a whole. One day, I hope to be able to do a really big music festival. My goal for this year is to just really make a name for myself in the local L.A. music scene and then go from there.