Tai Verdes is ‘AOK’ – Manila Bulletin


Tai Verdes

“You know, when I was younger, I should have known that sooner!” I was standing and playing the piano, and doing my best to sound like it sounds on the radio. And I wanted to have the right feeling. But when I grew up I started doing other things like basketball in college, but I just wasn’t good enough to turn pro. I also did comedy, theater, modeling, all of those things that I never felt in love with in the process. But when I came back to music around 23, 24, 25, that’s when I really fell in love with the music-making process, ”said rising pop artist Tai Verdes.

Tai Verdes is a full-fledged rising artist, with his 10 best songs on Spotify alone totaling over 288 million streams, with his current single a re-release of his biggest hit “AOK” with rising rapper 24kGoldn. “AOK” itself has already collected nearly 109 million streams.

“I just walked into the studio and heard that guitar licking (then hums the intro melody), and I was like, ‘Doesn’t that guitar sound so good?’ Tai bared herself when asked where ‘AOK’ came from. “And after doing that it really changed the way I was the rest of the day. We stayed all day. on that song and we just listened to it and we cut it, and we had this chorus “Living in this big blue world…” We put it forward and it was so good, all over the place. atmosphere of this song, it went really well.

His first TV album is named so because Tai thinks the album is a TV series from the last years of his life.

“My entire album is a diary of my last four years of my life, where if you listen to the first track, it’s a TV episode with me leaving college,” Tai explained. “And then it’s okay with me, I feel lonely, then I take ‘Drugs’, then I find out I met a girl, then I find myself’ Stuck in the Middle, then I break up. , I’m trying to be “AO-K” to myself. It’s the last song on the album, because even through all the problems I’ve had, you still have to try to wake up and d ‘to go well.


Three months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, singer-songwriter Tai Verdes was a vital worker with a nine-to-five job at a Verizon Wireless store. Now he has one of America’s greatest songs, which has seen his social listeners and listeners skyrocket in 2020; gain an authentic and engaged fan base despite the unprecedented global epidemic. It hasn’t gone unnoticed – Tai has received accolades from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Nylon, Genius, Ladygunn, Lyrical Lemonade, The Independent, EARMILK, NOTION, PAUSE, Noctis Magazine and 1883 Magazine. Tai got the support of Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and also performed for TikTok’s 2020 New Years virtual party, hosted by Lil Yachty and Brittany Broski. He’s already starting his sold-out tour after making waves touring festivals and opening for other artists.

When asked where he took inspiration from songwriting, Tai confessed, “I take inspiration from my real life. I don’t sing things that I haven’t experienced. This is the great thing, this is where the authenticity comes from, these are the things that I have actually felt in my own life. It’s not like I’m rapping on the gold chains – maybe I’ll sing on the gold chains when I get one (laughs), but I don’t even want it, you know, it doesn’t. isn’t really something I do this for. I just want to tell stories that are good.

And that aspect of his personality is very apparent when asked what kind of superhero would be if given the chance. “Oh my God, that’s a tough question! I always wanted to be like Johnny Storm from Final (Fantastic) Four and be lit like fire! Tai said. “Maybe (I would also like to) control all the elements, maybe I’ll be like The Last Airbender’s Avatar, and be able to control water, fire, earth and air. , that’s what I’d like to do. And I don’t think I would like to have a uniform, I just wanna be me and wear whatever I wanna wear.

He also acknowledges that a lot of his feeds and opinions come from the Filipino community. “To everyone in the Philippines who listens to any of my songs, I just want to say thank you, there is so much music you could listen to, but the fact that you take the time to do it, thank you very much… “

Tai Verdes’ hit single AOK from her debut album “TV” is available on Spotify, Apple Music and all digital streaming sites.



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