TINASHE: WILD HOMETOWN SHOW

Tinashe, a Los Angeles-born singer and musician, returns to her hometown after a long tour. Here we get a behind-the-scenes look at her triumphant return at the El Rey and to a city she calls home.

-Originally photographed for Rolling Stone. Article can be found here

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“What can I say? I like to eat to animal crackers while my hairstylist, Sylvia does my hair!”

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“A moment for spritze and hair flips before I roll onstage.”

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“I’m a perfectionist, so everything must be right. Right before I got onstage, I made a few minor edits to my slideshow.”

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“My drummer, DJ, is the dopest. Hands down.”

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“Just sound-checking with my dancers, making sure that everything is just right for the show tonight. Honestly, being onstage is when I feel most at home.”

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“Overall, I would describe my show as moody and atmospheric mixed with moments of high energy. This particular moment, I was performing my track ‘Bated Breath,’ which I recorded in my home studio.”

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Pre-show light and voice rehearsals.

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“Seeing my name on a landmark marquee in my hometown is a ‘Wow’ moment for me.”

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Signing session happening before the meet & greet.

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“I truly love and appreciate my fans because their support is unreal! So to be able to take photos with them before the show is my way of saying thanks.”

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“I love my glam team, but sometimes I like to do my own makeup!”

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“Sometimes you get to meet some real life icons.”

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“My dancers are nothing short of amazing!” Three of them – Xavier, Adrian and Denee (from left) – prepare in the green room, alongside manager Mike Nazzaro.

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“I have to take a moment for myself before I hit the stage, just to say a prayer and take a few deep breaths.”

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“I definitely consider myself more of a loner, but once I hit the stage that all changes and I become Tinashe ‘the entertainer’ – and she is far from that!

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“When I’m serenading the crowd, I really like to connect with the fans and look them in their eyes.”

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“At the end of my set, I like to thank my fans for allowing me to fulfill my dreams of being an entertainer.”

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Tinashe shows her dad and brother a pair of Jordans that she received from someone in the crowd: “The craziest thing about my fans is that they go real hard!”

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“Earlier this year, I got the chance to work with RZA on the Dr. Pepper ‘One of a Kind’ collaboration and he had never seen me perform on stage. So to say that that I was excited to have him at my show would be an understatement.”