The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined TAMPPA and discussed his past, inspiration, and how artists benefit from Ourtunez. You can check him out on the Indie Rap station at Ourtunez.com.
Native of Brooklyn, TAMPPA is making things happen for himself and on his own terms. From working with fellow artists from all over the world, to shaping his career from watching his idols, taking in their every move. Not many artists have the drive to make it to the top, but it’s guys like TAMPPA, through hard work and determination have endless limits to what they can accomplish,“Having an opportunity to have access to this world at a young age and have it mold me into the artist I am today.”
Extremely grateful for his family, TAMPPA pays tribute to all of his loved ones he’s lost. TAMPPA stands for “To.All.My.Peoples.Passed.Away” for this mother and grandmothers, who all passed away in the month of November. They were all very influential to him, especially his Grandmother who took him out of foster care at a young age, so his name is a tribute to them. “It was motivation when I write, when I’m in the booth, it was that emotional connection I had with those that are not now. And if I gave up now, it was not representing them, the ones that gave me life,” TAMPPA explained.
As far as artists he looks up too, TAMPPA has a range that goes from early hip-hop, to Earth Wind and Fire and even can get down on some indie bands like Passion Pit. When it comes to all time favorites though, TAMPPA would love to work with Nas. His first album given to him was Illmatic, which his cousin Az was featured on the song, “Life’s a Bitch.” “I allowed the tape to play and before I knew it, I was listening to the whole album, Illmatic. My first time memorizing a song word for word and not just the hook.”
Known by his close friends as, The Mad Scientist, because of his unique approach to coming up with new material, TAMPPA starts with a beat, then lets the rest flow from there. Some say you need to hit the road as a new artist, but TAMPPA believes there is a better, more genuine approach before making it to the main stage, “You have to have an arsenal before stepping on stage and recording songs in the studio, feeling the track out, and then attacking the stage with confidence.”
TAMPPA is one of our freshest artists and more like him are signing up daily to Ourtunez.com, getting their name out all around the world. It’s simple for new artists to get their music on the site, just head to the website, go to the band sign up page, fill out some information, upload your music, and BAM your very own music is zapped into the ears of eager listeners. And not only do the fans benefit, but artists also benefit by being put in contact with each other, “You need outlets like Ourtunez, because it allows artists collab and build and now move together.”