What you learned from rap

Always looking for hip-hop: Taiga Trece

The rapper Taiga Trece is at home in two cultures, and you can hear that too. She mixes German and Spanish in her songs, and tours Germany and Mexico. Her third home is rap: "I've been walking on hip-hop streets since I was a child ... Rap ​​is the only common thread that runs through my life."

The lively Munich resident is working hard on her music career. She organizes everything herself: music, texts, videos, recordings and concerts. You can't (yet) earn a lot of money with it. That's why she lives her dream. Taiga also works as a music teacher and gives songwriting and rap courses for disadvantaged young people and refugees.

Your first appearance was pure coincidence. How did that happen?

I lived in Mexico City when I was 16 and was always looking for hip hop events. Hip-hop was still underground music in Mexico at the time. I met a couple of break dancers who gave me a flyer. I went to this event with a friend. We were the only white people in the shop, that's why we got noticed. We were just pushed onto the stage. Then there was no turning back.

How did the impromptu appearance in Mexico City go? What happened after that?

I haven't made music in a while. Later I regretted not following this path. I said to myself: you are getting older, you have learned a trade, you have seen a lot of the world. And the only thing you've wanted to do all your life is music. That's why two years ago I set everything in motion to do it on a professional level.

How do you manage to turn your passion for music into a job?

By giving up everything else. I have given up my job and also a lot of my social circle. I got completely into the music. In between, I also live on the subsistence level. But it's worth it.

How did you get into rap

My parents told me that I sang songs by heart before I could even speak properly. I also wanted to sing anytime and anywhere, for example at parties. When I was at primary school, of course, I was in the school choir. I got into rap very early. When I was eight years old, I really liked the rapper Sister S. I've stuck with rap ever since.

What is special about your music?

There aren't that many women in rap. Unfortunately, there are far too few people who are known. In addition, my "Deutschnol", the mixture of Spanish and German, is something special. I find the question of the style of music incredibly difficult because you quickly think in pigeon holes. I would say: German-Spanish hip-hop with a West Coast Latino street flavor.

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How do you describe your music What are your lyrics about?
You already mentioned: There are few women in rap. Do you have to assert yourself as a woman?

Rap is still a male domain, as is the whole music business. Women are not heard that much. People aren't used to women rapping. I think a lot of women don't hit the nerve of the audience either. It's difficult to be accepted. As a woman, you have to be better or really have the confidence to do something.

How are you perceived as a woman in rap? How did you come up with the idea of ​​mixing Spanish and German?

I'm not a person who can only do one thing. I grew up speaking both languages. If I only did German, I would be missing something. You can express yourself differently in each language. That's the beauty of languages. I speak four languages ​​and would like to be able to do more. In every language you have a different approach, both to people and to yourself. Sometimes you even have a different timbre in your voice. Especially in rap, everything revolves around expression and what you convey. Nowhere is there as much text as in rap. So it's nice when you can play with language. And it's also because I have my people everywhere.

Your first album, La Cholemana, will be released soon. * How does that feel?

I still have so much to do. It's a nice feeling, but it's also incredibly stressful. An album production isn't as great as it sounds. It has almost nothing to do with the music. The recording of the songs is only a very small part. A lot has to be organized. I'm happy when the album is out and I can perform the songs live.

What else do you want to achieve with your music? What are your future plans?

First I want to bring the album out. Then it goes on tour to Mexico. After the album there is no breathless, I continue to work on future productions. I would be really happy to play a tour that goes beyond Germany. It would be great to play a couple of festivals in Europe. I would also like to build a house, probably in Mexico. That would be great. But that will take a while. Now I'm really looking forward to continuing to tour and playing live as much as possible.


* In the meantime Taiga (www.taigatrece.com) has released her album.

The interview was conducted by Andrea Gehwolf.
Copyright: Goethe-Institut e. V.
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