Ahead of her performance at this year’s The Great Escape, Tamzene highlights five records that have influenced her sound…

The countdown is on to our favourite Brighton weekend! At this year’s The Great Escape, Creative Scotland will host two showcases to shine a light on ten emerging artists from the Scottish scene. From 12pm on Thursday 9th and Saturday 10th May, Creative Scotland will takeover One Church on Gloucester Place, presenting shows from ALLIGATOR, Aaron Smith, Cloth, Walt Disco, Heavy Rapids, Kobi Onyame, Lucia, The Snuts, OK Button, and Tamzene, who we feature in our latest In Five.



I have a playlist on Spotify which is titled, simply, the lollipop emoji (🍭). It’s the best of pop in all its forms; sugary, breezy, heartfelt, spine-tingling. Tamzene’s latest offering, December’s ‘Last Song’, shot straight onto that list (as well as securing a place on Spotify’s own New Music Friday playlist in the UK and USA). With its catchy chorus and soaring melodies, ‘Last Song’ showcases the breadth of Tamzene’s vocal, from a delicate intimacy to the powerful top lines. Check a live rendition below from a Sofar Sounds show in Leeds.



You can catch Tamzene at The Great Escape at Queen’s Bar at 2.30pm on Thursday 9th May, and then again at One Church at 12pm the following day.

Ahead of her performance at The Great Escape as part of Showcasing Scotland, get to know Tamzene through five records that have influenced her sound.

ALICIA KEYS – NO ONE

Alicia Keys was one of the first female artists that I really identified with! Her effortless accompaniment and beautiful lyrics were so inspiring to me when I was learning piano and discovering my voice.

ROBERTA FLACK – FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE

This song brought me to tears as a young girl. My mum was a huge fan and would play Roberta in the car and around the house. The emotion in her voice is something I’ve always admired.

MUMFORD & SONS – SIGH NO MORE

Harmonies are my absolute favourite thing. Mumford & Songs just have such a beautiful, folky, unique sound and I loved the energy they create with their voices here. I was also heavily influenced by their lyrics during my early songwriting years, as I tried to incorporate more imagery and meaning to my own words.

BOB MARLEY – IS THIS LOVE

My grandfather is Jamaican, so reggae in general was a staple around the house, but Bob Marley was a huge early influence for me. The soul and the power in his songs is something I’ll always seek to create within my own music.

HOZIER – WORK SONG

A later influence, but I love everything about Hozier as an artist, and this song is one of the first I learned to play on guitar- and therefore have busked with for years now. I love the old spiritual style of this tune, and how simply he tells this story.

Showcasing Scotland at TGE 2019: One Church from 12pm on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May.