Tai Verdes released his stunning debut album TV last month, but just three months into the pandemic, he still had a nine-to-five job, unaware that his lively indie pop single Stuck In The Middle would quickly go viral and catapult him into the world of music. Headliner recently caught up with the rising L.A-based singer songwriter about how the record came together, his creative process, and blowing up on TikTok...
Musically speaking, Tai Verdes has had a pretty crazy ride so far. After releasing his debut single Stuck In The Middle, his social following and streaming numbers went through the roof, and he’s since amassed an army of super engaged fans who can’t wait to hear what’s next.
Determined to give the people what they want, and figure out his sound, Verdes started writing music like a maniac after the success of his first release. The result is TV - a thoughtful collection of 13 tracks that chronicle different chapters in his life so far.
“The whole concept of the album is that it’s my life as a TV show, with each one being a different episode,” Verdes explains. “Starting with me dropping out of college, doing some drugs, meeting a girl and thinking we would have some cute kids, to getting stuck in the middle. And then going all the way down to the final track, which is like a thank you track to my mom, essentially saying thank you for supporting me through all of this.
“My songs are all like my babies and I’m about to win parent of the year,” he adds with a smile. “But this is bananas, man. If you asked me nine months ago if I’d be doing this, I’d say definitely not, and look at you like you’re crazy!”