Tinsel Korey

You know, if they wanted to make the "Twilight" movie series into a broadway musical, it wouldn't be that hard. It turns out about half the cast is just as talented musically as they are on screen, and we were lucky enough to talk a few minutes with another one of these double-threats, Ms. Tinsel Korey. Known as Emily in the Twilight series, the actress/singer-songwriter luckily finds much of song writing inspiration from her roles on the big screen. She says "I put my heart and soul in to my characters. So I relate to them. And I can then write a song about what they're going through, and take things from my own life and mesh them together.
Korey has just released her first single, a tune called "Letter". Her most important goal in making the song? Making sure it sounded like her and not some over-produced mess. Tinsel says "There's too much auto-tuning electronic sounding stuff out there. Let's make it organic but still main stream... It's pop with an organic sound." She continues on about her sound: "My music is sort of a blend of blues, rock, pop & jazz.  A lot of people say I sound like Norah Jones and Jewel... Its something you would have heard when the singer-song writer trend was happening, but updated for the times." Tinsel is actually wrapping up filming of "Breaking Dawn" right now, but is still focused on getting her first album out there. Keep an eye on her. For now, check out "Letter" and keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ's.

XXQs: Tinsel Korey

PEV: How would you describe your sound as a musician and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Tinsel Korey (TK): I would say my music is sort of a blend of blues, rock, pop & jazz.  A lot of people say I sound like Norah Jones and Jewel.  I guess what makes it stand out in the pop genre is that my music ia not so overproduced.  Its something you would have heard when the singer-song writer trend was happening, but updated for the times.

PEV: What kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

TK: Well, I actually grew up on country.  I think you can hear a bit of that twang in my songs.  But I was also into Hip Hop. I don't know - I kind of liked everything. My influences are probably, Portishead, Shania Twain and Sade.

PEV: Having played in the business for a good time now, what was it like for you when you first started out?

TK: Well when it comes to music, I think I'm still really starting out.  I've gigged before, but "Letter" is my first released single, so I'm only now just getting used to how the music biz really works.  So far the reception had been good though.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

TK: Hmmm. Not really, but then again, most of the time I can't even remember what happened yesterday.  

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Tinsel Korey performance?

TK: I put a lot of my soul into my music.  I release a part of myself that I don't normally show on a day to day basis. I suppose you could say it frees me. Because, I write the lyrics and music myself, the song then becomes a personal story for me, which then I share with the audience as if they were my closest friends.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

TK: Oh crap don't forget the chords!  Then it's, "breathe you idiot!"

PEV: Best known for your role as Emily in the Twilight Saga's: "New Moon," "Eclipse" and coming soon, "Breaking Dawn” give us your take on the whole Twilight phenomenon.

TK: It's a trip. It boggles my mind that I'm a part of something that will be in pop culture history. When you get fans that stand beside you and shake, It's like "really?" I'm just... me. I'm a really humble down to earth person, so its hard for me to REALLY wrap my head around everything.  But basically it's just a bunch of organized chaos in a good way. It's just a rush of energy.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

TK: I'd have to say movies that I'm in.  I put my heart and soul in to my characters.  So I relate to them.  And I can then write a song about what they're going through, and take things from my own life and mesh them together.  And also just life, things that I'm trying to sort out I put those thoughts into a song.

PEV: Tell us about your first single, “Letter". What can fans expect from this work?

TK: Well when I got Stevie Salas on board to produce, the first thing I said was, I don't want it to sound over-produced.  There's too much auto-tuning electronic sounding stuff out there.  Let's make it organic but still mainstream.  And him coming from a classic rock background knew exactly what I meant.  It's pop with an organic sound.

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer’s block and if so, how do you get over that?

TK: Yeah, when life is too good.  I like to write about pain and add happy music to it.  Sometimes I just bang my head against the wall, till the pain comes. Just kidding. Ummm… I don't really force myself to get out of it; it has to come naturally.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about Tinsel Korey?

TK: Probably a lot of things.  I think on paper I come off so serious.  But I'm a total dork who loves Harry Potter, plays video games, loves UFC and Oprah. Ha. Random huh?

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music and acting was going to be a career for you?

TK: Always.  Since I was little.  I started singing when I was two.

PEV: What one word best describes Tinsel Korey?

TK: Confused

PEV: How do you balance both acting and music?

TK: I don't.  It's like I'm in a relationship with two people who both want my attention, I love them both, but I just can't pick. So every so often they get mad at me, go away.  Then they forgive me, fall back in love and the game of tug and war starts again. Who knows if that'll ever change, or even if I'll ever be able to balance them.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

TK: Ireland!  I've always wanted to go, and Irish people seem like a lot of fun.

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

TK: The people in my life now, always knew I would succeed, and told me to never give up on my dreams.  So I guess they were prepared for it.  They react with kindness and support.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

TK: I get that question all the time, and I don't know how to answer it.  I guess right now it's playing Mario Bros on Wii.  But what I like to do changes all the time.  

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

TK: Yeah. "The definition of."  One of the band members Noah Hunt has played guitar with me on stage.  They're just a really talented.  

PEV: If you weren’t playing music or acting now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

TK: Who knows.  Something in the arts for sure.

PEV: So, what is next for Tinsel Korey?

TK: Get funds together to produce an album.  I'm not opposed to being signed to a label anymore, just as long as I can get the music done. That and trying to figure out how to get my song on the radio.  It's really tough when you're an independent artist, trying to promote your music.  Even with something like Twilight behind me.  But right now at this moment I am writing to you from Vancouver, where tomorrow I'll be traveling to a secret location to film my portion of final chapter in the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, there's still lots to come from me. Just don't know the details yet.

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