What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
My advice for anyone wanting to start their own band is to first come up with a concept of your bands mission, vision, etc. Come up with a plan for the direction you want to go with your band. Learn the music industry (business side) because that is extremely important for any successful person in any industry really. Come up with a dope brand and run with that! Brands are extremely important also. All successful artists have a brand.
What’s the name of your band? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
The name of my band is The TxLips Band. The origin initially came from a spelling we used to have, 2 Lips Band. Shortly after that the decision was made to change it from “2 lips” to “The Tulips Band”. After this, I changed it to the final variation of this name and it is “The TxLips Band”.
The X stands for the infinite possibilities of black women. We represent the complexity and depth of black women!
When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?
I started the band in Jan. of 2016 because i felt there was a lack of representation of the diversity of women in music. I felt that black women on instruments were not being represented in music, especially rock n roll. I wanted to do my part in continuing the legacy of black women in music and carry the torch of those that came before us like Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
The thing that is unique about us is my band is set up like a business and I treat it as such. All musicians are sub-contracted which means there are a few people that play drums, keys, and bass and all of these women rock n roll with me across the U.S. I love this setup because it allows us to continue to let as many black women as possible shine on their instrument and do their part in the legacy of rock n roll.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We have known each other in so many different facets and lengths of time. Mo (our main drummer) and I have known each other for going on 10 years and had been in other projects and bands together.
Dara (main keys player) and I have known each other for about 2 years and she joined the band earlier this year (2018). I have known Joela (one of our bassist) for going on 5 years or so I believe. Armani, Rebecca, and Dani (2 other bassists and a 2nd keys player) have all been doing their thing for years and I have been honored to meet all of these ladies over the time span of the last 6-8 years.
Each of them are unique and show yet again, another depth of black women.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
We play everything (and if you come to one of our shows you can catch us shifting from trap, to rap, to hard core rock n roll, to punk, to our spin on songs like Letter’s From the Sky by Civil Twilight. Our major influences span from Nirvana to Stevie Wonder to Art Blakey and more. Our influences differ per TxLip woman but the dope thing is that through all of these styles and genres we still get to show you what Black girl magic is.