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    From Adelaide To LA: Takara Is Independently Conquering The Industry


    Ear-grabbing artist Takara captivates listeners across the globe with her genre-bending music.

    Getting up and moving to an entirely different country, on an entirely different continent, is not a breeze. But when your inner-calling pleads to break free, you answer. For Takara, waiting for the Australian music industry to come around wasn’t an option.

    Born in Adelaide, Australia – the singer-songwriter knew deep down she was destined to be a star.

    From a young age, Takara watched music videos wide-eyed, telling her mother those artists would one day be her. “I was too young to remember that but looking back now I can see the path was always there,” says Takara describing her rise to music.

    Between graduations and assemblies, each of Takara’s school received deliberate requests from her to sing the Australian national anthem. Outside of performing, she was honing her vocal talents behind the four walls of choir classes. But it wasn’t long before she realized Australia restrained her deeply-rooted talents. Being a woman of color with a wide range in musical ability, the fair-skined, edm-centric hub created a tightly-sealed box, void of expression.

    “Coming from Australia, the industry over there wasn’t really for me and those who looked like me growing up,” says Takara. “I think I really had to look within myself to find that confidence because the Australian music industry wasn’t the way it is now.”

    All photos by Chollette. Wearing Jaded London. Shot at StuSpace LA.

    In 2017, after almost a day’s long flight, Takara welcomed Chicago as her new home. Navigating the depths of the windy city eventually led her to a warm circle of individuals who applauded her identity and dreams of genuine stardom. Blossoming through a cultivated passion, Takara slowly untucked her once-hidden singles.

    A big fish in a small pond from birth, Takara now cradles Los Angeles, one of the largest music hubs, as her artistic home. Cultivating her remarkable gift for years, her tight-knit fan base on both social and music streaming platforms reveals her achievements. However, her climb to success was far from seamless. Takara spent countless days, straining herself to the point of collapse before seeing even a sliver of change in progress.

    “They say it takes 10,000 hours and they really weren’t kidding,” she says. “At the beginning and really up until my most recent music there was a lot of trial and error.”

    As an independent artist, all of Takara’s fortunes came from relentless blood, sweat, and tears. Studying at Youtube University, she stuffed her brain with music marketing strategies, artist advice, and more. Instead of singing her life away, she self-studied, self-wrote, and self-released, reaping the sweetness of complete creative control.

    Now, she bears the fruits of her labor and her hit song Strawberry Cake from the 2022 album kinda messy, accumulating almost a million streams on Spotify. Not only is this song a starstudded hit, but is her personal favorite, co-written by her twin.

    Yes that’s right, she has a twin. And, her twin lives in Los Angeles, working in a similar yet different industry- film. “I think more important than the success I’ve had through that song is the memory of sitting in our tiny Los Angeles apartment writing that together,” reflects Takara.

    Being someone whose musical career skyrocketed on her own merit, Takara not only takes pride in her accomplishments but is moved by those around her. In an admirable yet unlikely response, Takara reveals her greatest inspiration is other independent artists.

    “The passion that independent artists have to succeed in this late-stage capitalistic nightmare of an industry is absolutely incredible and I salute them,” she says. In a world overtaken by industry moguls and now artificial intelligence, artists continuing to pioneer against modern practices are the real heroes.

    Though the industry has its perks, it does have its drawbacks. And Takara happened to write a song about them. Released earlier this month, Sin reflects her battles with vultures in the industry and discusses the double standards constantly placed on women.

    “This song was kind of an F you to everyone that assumed I was naive just because I was a young woman in the industry,” says Takara reflecting on her creative process. “Initially, I wrote this song to a pretty sad beat because I was sad when I wrote it, but I decided that if I was going to put my story out there for them to hear I was going to make it so catchy that they couldn’t help but dance to their own indiscretions!”

    Persevering against the perils in and outside of the industry, Takara continues to heighten her authentic sound by pushing the bounds of each genre. She proves herself limitless, fighting to keep a wide pallet despite efforts to squeeze her into just one box. “I’m an artist of the world, with worldly experiences, and my music really reflects that,” she says. “So just trying not to be boxed into R&B like a lot of black artists of all genres are has been big for me.”

    Takara’s unwavering passion for musical excellence has led her to a steady stream of fruition. Her monumental journey is one to look up to, even take notes on. As someone who has made the climb and continues to flourish, Takara offers an important piece of advice to aspiring musicians:

    “Don’t wait for anyone to do the work for you.”

    Reflecting on her path, she heavily emphasizes the importance of perseverance. “Only when I started doing the work did I realize first and foremost that I could do it myself, but also that no one is going to discover you until you force yourself in front of their faces.”

    Takara may have climbed the first peak in her expedition, but her story is far from over. In fact, her album Moondust is peering in the distance, awaiting its release in June. The album contains features from her favorite independent artists, each with their own cultural taste. Some songs will be reappearing favorites, whereas others showcase new, raw talent. For now, fans can be on the lookout for two new singles dropping sometime before then.


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    From Adelaide To LA: Takara Is Independently Conquering The Industry


    Ear-grabbing artist Takara captivates listeners across the globe with her genre-bending music.

    Getting up and moving to an entirely different country, on an entirely different continent, is not a breeze. But when your inner-calling pleads to break free, you answer. For Takara, waiting for the Australian music industry to come around wasn’t an option.

    Born in Adelaide, Australia – the singer-songwriter knew deep down she was destined to be a star.

    From a young age, Takara watched music videos wide-eyed, telling her mother those artists would one day be her. “I was too young to remember that but looking back now I can see the path was always there,” says Takara describing her rise to music.

    Between graduations and assemblies, each of Takara’s school received deliberate requests from her to sing the Australian national anthem. Outside of performing, she was honing her vocal talents behind the four walls of choir classes. But it wasn’t long before she realized Australia restrained her deeply-rooted talents. Being a woman of color with a wide range in musical ability, the fair-skined, edm-centric hub created a tightly-sealed box, void of expression.

    “Coming from Australia, the industry over there wasn’t really for me and those who looked like me growing up,” says Takara. “I think I really had to look within myself to find that confidence because the Australian music industry wasn’t the way it is now.”

    All photos by Chollette. Wearing Jaded London. Shot at StuSpace LA.

    In 2017, after almost a day’s long flight, Takara welcomed Chicago as her new home. Navigating the depths of the windy city eventually led her to a warm circle of individuals who applauded her identity and dreams of genuine stardom. Blossoming through a cultivated passion, Takara slowly untucked her once-hidden singles.

    A big fish in a small pond from birth, Takara now cradles Los Angeles, one of the largest music hubs, as her artistic home. Cultivating her remarkable gift for years, her tight-knit fan base on both social and music streaming platforms reveals her achievements. However, her climb to success was far from seamless. Takara spent countless days, straining herself to the point of collapse before seeing even a sliver of change in progress.

    “They say it takes 10,000 hours and they really weren’t kidding,” she says. “At the beginning and really up until my most recent music there was a lot of trial and error.”

    As an independent artist, all of Takara’s fortunes came from relentless blood, sweat, and tears. Studying at Youtube University, she stuffed her brain with music marketing strategies, artist advice, and more. Instead of singing her life away, she self-studied, self-wrote, and self-released, reaping the sweetness of complete creative control.

    Now, she bears the fruits of her labor and her hit song Strawberry Cake from the 2022 album kinda messy, accumulating almost a million streams on Spotify. Not only is this song a starstudded hit, but is her personal favorite, co-written by her twin.

    Yes that’s right, she has a twin. And, her twin lives in Los Angeles, working in a similar yet different industry- film. “I think more important than the success I’ve had through that song is the memory of sitting in our tiny Los Angeles apartment writing that together,” reflects Takara.

    Being someone whose musical career skyrocketed on her own merit, Takara not only takes pride in her accomplishments but is moved by those around her. In an admirable yet unlikely response, Takara reveals her greatest inspiration is other independent artists.

    “The passion that independent artists have to succeed in this late-stage capitalistic nightmare of an industry is absolutely incredible and I salute them,” she says. In a world overtaken by industry moguls and now artificial intelligence, artists continuing to pioneer against modern practices are the real heroes.

    Though the industry has its perks, it does have its drawbacks. And Takara happened to write a song about them. Released earlier this month, Sin reflects her battles with vultures in the industry and discusses the double standards constantly placed on women.

    “This song was kind of an F you to everyone that assumed I was naive just because I was a young woman in the industry,” says Takara reflecting on her creative process. “Initially, I wrote this song to a pretty sad beat because I was sad when I wrote it, but I decided that if I was going to put my story out there for them to hear I was going to make it so catchy that they couldn’t help but dance to their own indiscretions!”

    Persevering against the perils in and outside of the industry, Takara continues to heighten her authentic sound by pushing the bounds of each genre. She proves herself limitless, fighting to keep a wide pallet despite efforts to squeeze her into just one box. “I’m an artist of the world, with worldly experiences, and my music really reflects that,” she says. “So just trying not to be boxed into R&B like a lot of black artists of all genres are has been big for me.”

    Takara’s unwavering passion for musical excellence has led her to a steady stream of fruition. Her monumental journey is one to look up to, even take notes on. As someone who has made the climb and continues to flourish, Takara offers an important piece of advice to aspiring musicians:

    “Don’t wait for anyone to do the work for you.”

    Reflecting on her path, she heavily emphasizes the importance of perseverance. “Only when I started doing the work did I realize first and foremost that I could do it myself, but also that no one is going to discover you until you force yourself in front of their faces.”

    Takara may have climbed the first peak in her expedition, but her story is far from over. In fact, her album Moondust is peering in the distance, awaiting its release in June. The album contains features from her favorite independent artists, each with their own cultural taste. Some songs will be reappearing favorites, whereas others showcase new, raw talent. For now, fans can be on the lookout for two new singles dropping sometime before then.


    Connect With Takara!

     

     

    1 Comment

    • Jannette Allen
      March 30, 2024

      This is my baby girl. As her mother I’ve watched everything she has made and cried over every achievement. I miss my girls terribly but am so so proud of the beautiful women they have become. Takara has come from a year 3 student who wouldn’t stand in front of class to an independent artist full of confidence. Ove love love her xx

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