Berkeley-based musician Madeline Tasquin has been singing all her life -- first back in Canada with her opera-singing mother and gold-mining father, and later here in the Bay Area with bands like Whiskerman and Antioquia. Now she’s working on a new LP with her band, Madeline Tasquin Trading Company, and getting ready for a European tour. We caught up with her for this episode of Bay Area Beats.
TASQUIN: When I first started writing music, I was really comparing myself to other people who I really admired a lot rather than just taking bits of inspiration, which is now more what I try to do. I was thinking, "I need to make the music better." As soon as I just relaxed and felt like it's my job to just express what comes out of me, that helped to give way to my inner clown and just be myself onstage.
Madeline Tasquin Trading Company is: Madeline Tasquin (piano, vocals, guitar), Bradford Tidwell (guitar), Joe Salcedo (bass), Paul Bertin (sax), Amir Oosman (drums).
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