Tota & Tessie: Feel Trip To GCU
Saturday, October 5 @ 8:00 PM| $20
Doors open 6:30PM | Show starts at 8PM
$20 Online | $25 Phone & Box Office
Front Row Table $150
4 Seats Per Table ($37.50 per seat)
Tota is bringing his live experience to Empress Theater once again and this time he’s bringing back up! Tota & Tessie are coming to take the fans on a Feel Trip to GCU.
Growing up in the bay area Tota was submerged in diversity. This led to him not noticing the prominent presence of racial inequality until becoming of age and actually learning about and experiencing systemic oppression first hand. Finding out later in life that his grandfather was a member of the original Black Panther party, he kicked his studies into overdrive and really found himself. He began to dedicate much of his music to shed light on the war against his people and how oppression has affected urban cities in America. Though not possessing a traditional Bay Area sound, he does not shy away from letting people know where he’s from as he did in his drake inspired track “6PM In Vallejo” where he displays his talents delivering bar after bar for an entire 3 minutes.
Tota possesses a storytelling capability comparable to a Nas or J. Cole. He often supplements this storytelling ability with witty, sometimes comedic punchlines. Though not having the most prominent voice he does have a way of making his presence felt through his use of tonality, flow, and cadence. Every track encompasses a different feeling and energy often driven by content filled, sociopolitical messages. The passion and emotion he provides in tracks often leaves the listener with the perception that the track was felt more so than heard.
Tota often uses his upbringing and life experiences to take you on a journey into his world. He has a knack for making his experiences feel extremely relative to the listener even if they’ve never had such experience themselves. He tends to be extremely open and forward about his life which often connects and resonates with the listener on a personal level.
Though his sound is immensely different than those who he deems as influences, you can still hear the attack of a Kendrick Lamar, the realism of a J. Cole and the comedic wit of a Kanye West whom he gives huge attribution to for molding his sound.
In January Tota released his debut project “The Field Effect” which is a politically driven ode about the mentality oppression and racism has created within the black community. It is an open discussion shedding light on the ugly truths of how systemic racism from slavery days, subsequently affects black people now. Tota uses this project to narrate the experiences and trials he and many other inner-city youths have and still face till this day.
Following a headlining show in his hometown, July 28th Tota released his second project titled, “Never Forget Who You Are”. Tota follows his strong conscious debut “The Field Effect” with an even stronger message. In this album he touches on depression, oppression, conditioning, happiness, pain and every other emotion you can feel. The delivery is much tighter, and the songs are filled with melodic aggression and soul. Tota really opens up on this album about personal issues in his own life rather than just speaking on social issues like he did in the “Field Effect”. Once again Tota delivers with witty bars and insane delivery. The cover is a picture of him and his grandmother in which he uses as a reminder of where he comes from and who he truly is. “Never Forget Who You Are” is a note to self that no matter how abundant this life becomes, you cannot lose yourself within it.
Tota’s most recent project titled, “Love Phi Love” was released March 21st of 2019 and has already racked up over 100,000 streams across platforms. Love Phi Love is refreshing take on Tota’s superb ability to string together words.
Hailing from Vallejo, California you can often hear the bay area influenced bounce and lingo combined with sultry acoustic guitars and island riddims in Tessie’s music. Tessie has been exposed to music her entire life. Covering hit songs by the beatles and more with her father at just the tender age of 2, Tessie was destined to sing. With a musician and instrumentalist as a father, Tessie began to dabble with instruments herself. She began covering some of her favorite songs on YouTube while playing the ukelele. Despite her heavy exposure to rock from her father and kuya (older brother) she eventually gravitated towards artist like JoJo, Alicia Keys and Jazmine Sullivan to name a few.
Tessie’s music could be best described as a soundtrack to the life of the everyday girl stuck in her 20 somethings. Offering the nostalgic vibes of early 2000’s R&B, she also has a very modern, melodic, and fun way of delivering her feelings. She could get quite eventful with the cadences and flows she opts to use in some of her tracks. Tessie’s music possesses a very intimate and vulnerable feel. She has a way of placing you right in her sandals for the duration of the song. It’s almost as if she uses songwriting as a method of taking accountability and healing her wounds. She does extremely well at turning her insecurities into art and putting them on display for the listener.
Tessie has been working the past few years at finding herself and along with that came a sound and style solely of her own. In 2017 she began releasing music as part of a duo with rapper / best friend Tota under the name WeAreYou. Garnering mild success following a few releases such as their single Shhhlide which currently sits at over half a million streams on Spotify, Tessie began to create more and set out to establish a lane as a solo artist as well.
Tessie just recently released her debut single titled, “Rude Boy” on January 28th following a headlining show in the Bay Area which she calls home. On the surface Rude Boy is a fun melodic record with commercial appeal but when you dive past the soothing vocals and airy guitars into the lyrics it’s a perfect example of Tessie’s ability to make something as serious and vulnerable as her relationship woes and struggles with self-love into a fun enjoyable experience for the listener. Opening the track with the line, “I thought I was done messing with you, but you found your way back up in my room” Tessie immediately sets the scene and tone of the track where she talks about her struggles dealing with a toxic lover.
Tessie is positioning herself to have an eventful year! With the help of her team and family Tessie is building a solid foundation for herself already accumulating a fan base at home in. Tessie lives by her favorite quote, “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen” by Dr. Sukhraj Dhillon. Something wonderful definitely happens when you listen to Tessie’s music.