Tiffani Wood is back and hotter than ever with a revamped style and a new album on the shelf. We chat with Tiffani about the new name she has created for herself within the performing industry.
> You made your big break on Channel 7’s hit show ‘Popstars’. Tell us a bit about the show and the sharp rise to fame.
That was way back in 2000, seems like light years ago to me. We were the first talent-based reality show where they were looking for the “spice girls down under“ (I think they were referring to the success, not the look). They picked five girls based on judges in the show not from the public’s vote, as most shows are now done. Fame came instantly and there really hadn’t been anything like it, even the big wigs didnt know what to expect. We were all kind of in this whirl wind ride right until the very end. I remember the first time I was asked for an autograph and the first gift pack we received, the first time I recieved fan mail and all that sort of stuff. So it was all a really big dream becoming a reality literally in front of Australia’s eyes.
> You’ve come such a long way since your early days of 80’s rock cover bands and bikini comps on the beach, did you always know you wanted to be a performing artist?
I’ve been performing since I was a little kid in talent quests, talent schools, Mum and Dad’s New Year Eve parties, anywhere really. But I like all different types of entertaining (hence the bikini comps), well, except for stand up comedy – that’s definitely not my thing. I just really like the feeling of standing up and being noticed I guess, although that’s changed a little since getting older.
> Since Bardot you have developed your individual musical style substantially to transform yourself into a solo artist. Do you have a preference between solo artistry and being a band member?
Both have their good and bad points. I actually wouldn’t pick one over the other, but the control over a solo career may just push the pluses to the solo side. With Bardot and the girls, we always had each other if we shared a room, needed a friend for dinner or to chat with, sitting next to them on the plane on long trips. Solo artists dont have that, it’s a little more lonely in that aspect but sometimes that solo time alone is a god given.
> Your new album “Bite Your Tongue” has recently been released, with a contrast of some quite confronting lyrics in addition to a few tongue-in-cheek numbers. Tell us about the experiences that contributed to the tracks.
Its taken over three years to finally get into the stores and over those years a lot has happened which brought the flavour to the album. It’s just a mixture of a whole lot of things I wanted to talk about but chose to sing them instead as that way they’re not as confronting. It also looks at things in my life that have happened in my past, such as “Wake Up” where I fell asleep behind the wheel while driving back when i was around 19, and cheekier songs to do with my reality TV experience like “Free Your Mind”. Over all, it’s what i like to call a trashy pop rock album.
> You recently split with Warner Music who seemed to have quite a different outlook on your future than your own. What led to you parting ways with the label?
Both parties couldn’t agree on my direction and we kind of agreed to disagree and part ways, and it was kind of that simple. I knew at that point in my life (at the time I was around 25 or 26 and I wanted more control), I think I earnt it and I was a lot older and knew who I was an an artist. I just needed that creative freedom.
> “Mud Honey Records” sounds like a fresh new take on the standard record labels, what makes the label you’ve created stand out from the crowd?
I didn’t really create the label to sign anyone else, just to be able to have my own label to put my music out through and be able to have the rights and control over all my music and songs that i’d put the hard work into. The indie with indie distribution route is a hard one, but you definately learn a LOT about the industry behind the scenes as you have to do everything yourself. It’s really a different world and you realise it’s not as easy as an indie artist, known or otherwise, to get your music on commercial radio.
> What advice would you give other artist’s looking to break into the industry?
To be honest, I think a lot of it is who you know and being in the right place at the right time. It helps to practice your craft and be good at not just one thing, but be multi-talented in your chosen field so you can do other things to make money as it’s not as lucrative as it may seem.
> What can you tell us about the new style you’ve broken into with your burlesque-style shows?
Being preganat now it’s put a bit of a hold on parts of the show as I can’t fit into the sexy corsets anymore! But I got the inspiration from the original burlesque Pussycat Dolls and a wonderful artist called Dita Von Teese. I just found the whole era of the 1940’s glamourous and oozed sex appeal. I was just in that personality point in my life where I needed a bit more of an artistic expression and it felt right.
> This year you modelled for a nude, yet tasteful shoot in ‘Black & White’ Magazine. Was this something you were comfortable doing at this point in your career?
I would have been comfortable doing it at any point in my career. When you can stand in front of a boozed-up crowd of blokes in a bikini or when you grow up in a beach town where you wear your swimmers practically your whole life, even to the supermarket, you just become comfortable with your body. I also wanted to do the shoot to have some awesome pic’s of my figure before it all changed with a planned child that happened sooner than expected. So now I’m really glad I did it when I did as I really don’t know how my body will bounce back after the baby, whether I’ll go into “who cares” mode or really train hard to get back into shape.
> You’ve mentioned being influenced by women such as Dita Von Teese and Christina Aguilira, what is it about these women that inspires you?
Their confidence, sexuality and ballsy attitude. They’re comfortable in their own skin and don’t need others’ opionions to make them feel good about themselves. They’re individual without being a loner and I think over all they just have a certain ooze factor about them.
> With a baby on the way and a wedding on the horizon, will we see much of Tiffani Wood over the next few years?
I’m not sure where my direction will go after the baby is born. You think a lot about your own life morality and what you want to impose on your child’s life and what you really want out of your own life. I think I’ll just take it as it comes and see where my road leads to… and where ever that is will be with my husband to be and baby by my side – I’m sure it’ll be a happy place.
> Thank you for your time Tiffani.