Despite her relatively recent start in the music industry, 21-year-old San Diego-based Tea Janee is the Ariana Grande-inspired popstar to have on your radar.
Fun and flirty, “I don’t wanna talk about it” is the follow-up to Tea Janee’s punk-pop anthem “You Like To Play With Fire.” Described as a “fun take on tragic over-thinkers” the playful pop melodies poke fun at the frustrating push and pull of trying to forget about someone, the sexy sound making it the perfect addition to your girls’ night playlist of pre-drink anthems.
Filled with Doja Cat-inspired inflexions and the same pop vibe as Swedish superstar Zara Larson, it’s no surprise Tea Janee’s new track has gained traction across the world, with notable backers including Grass Fed Music Management lining up to support the rising star.
Head below to discover more about this one to watch…
Hey Tea, how are you doing today?
I’m pretty good up in LA right now working on some new music besides that I’ve been rethinking every decision I’ve ever made and contemplating the meaning of life.
Congrats on “I Don’t Wanna Talk About It”! You describe it as a “fun take at tragic over-thinkers”. How do you deal with overthinking?
I do one of two things: work through it or avoid it. Before I say this I wanna state that yes you have to process things eventually and I think everyone should go to therapy, but sometimes I don’t want to process it or work through my issues. I avoid it I get lost in something else and I’m totally ADHD so distractions come easy.
Do you have any coping mechanism you keep coming back to when you need to get out of your head?
Honestly bad tv and by that, I mean cheesy and convoluted teen dramas that make you forget about your own life because the problems they face are never ending like Degrassi, Gossip Girl, or Glee. I have the habit of rewatching the same shows I’ve watched since I was 13 because it just comforts me. I’m not saying do this but for me, it feels better than crying and sometimes I cry and watch simultaneously.
How did you approach the writing process?
I got sent a beat by a producer and just freestyled over it and the song came really came quickly. There are actually very few changes from the original demo I was kinda shocked myself.
The track talks about wanting to forget about someone but not being able to forget them. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
I used to do this a lot I try not to anymore because it’s so toxic and I definitely developed it as a defence mechanism but I go to therapy now so don’t worry. I fully would test people like I’d love to see how far I could push someone away and still be able to get them back. And once I jumped out of my mom’s car cause she wouldn’t let me drive home but I broke my shoe so I learned my lesson.
It’s the perfect song for getting ready with your girls. What else would be on your playlist?
I like this question…first I’d say “Need to Know” Doja Cat and honestly like every song off of Planet Her, “Positions” and “34+35” Ariana Grande, then we do “Body” by Megan Thee Stallion, “Toxic” by Britney Spears, and finally “Super bass” by Nicki Minaj.
Are there any artists you keep coming back to?
I mean my favourites are Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, and Gerard Way. They inspire me so much it’s crazy.
How would you plan your perfect night out?
I wouldn’t because I suck at planning things and I’m a spontaneous person like if you wanna go to Vegas for 24 hours or send it to a concert the night of I’m just like “I’ll be ready in 5 mins”. In my history, you can’t plan the most perfect things because there are already expectations. Saying that all I know is my perfect night out for sure starts in New York or Tokyo.
The vlog-style video is super cool! How did that come about?
The original thought was kinda Snapchat everyone has private stories that document their nights out but when I lived in New York my friend used to take this little digital camera out when we’d go to the bars and it felt very reminiscent of that time in my life.
What inspires you the most when songwriting?
I think whatever information I have soaked up within the past week before I write a song really affects the way that I write. Whether it’s a situation in my personal life or things I’ve viewed through media I become inspired heavily by my current experience with the world around me.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
I’m working on a lot of new music and soon there’s gonna be a shift in the type of music you hear from me. There are many sides to me and I can’t wait to show the other sides of Tea Janee.