“Home is where the heart is” is the debut single for Tima Christina aka Christina Peck through Manchester-based Blindside Records.
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Tima grew up with an eclectic mix of musical and cultural influences. From her formative years as a teenager into her 20s, Tima built a solid portfolio of fine art and creative writing, whilst developing a penchant for hip hop, electronica, and darkwave music. She immersed herself into the heady world of graffiti, fashion, and dance. Her emergence in the LA art and music scene saw her perform with poets and musicians alike. She fronted an all-female rock band playing to numerous shows that featured her art.
Introduce yourself in less than 10 words…..
Awkward gal from SoCal, currently living in Nevada.
What made you want to get into music?
I love making things. If I could produce a play, I would. If I could build a boat, I would. Music is a little more accessible, plus music really knows how to capture my heart.
What comes first, lyrics or music?
It goes both ways, like me.
What was the last track you played on Spotify?
Raw Deal, by Judas Priest.
What other talents do you have?
I draw and paint, see timalovesyou.com, there’s plenty of artwork on there including photography, digital art, and some other cute stuff. Professionally I do graphic design, so I make vector artworks, build websites, retouch photos, things of that nature. I also talk to animals.
If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be?
Probably Trent Reznor. He’s not only gifted, but can cross genres. I really appreciate an artist with a diverse palette.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My grandma always told me to ignore the cuties and find someone who would treat me like a queen. She also told me not to wait to do things, but to seize each moment and do everything I wanted to do while I still could. She told me these things countless times, from a very young age all the way into early adulthood. I’ll never forget the values she instilled in me.
If you could open for any band / act / solo artist who would it be?
The Dave Brubeck Quartet! Does that count if they’re not around anymore? I just love jazz and Dave Brubeck makes me want to wiggle.
What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?
I’m always listening to an eclectic array of genres so that’s hard to pin down. I guess lately I’m feelin’ mellow vibes like Rhye, Brent Faiyaz, Dope Lemon, Frank Ocean, Billie Marten, Skinshape, Choir Boy, Omara Portuondo. Speaking of mellow vibes, I just found a couple chill records in a thrift shop yesterday: Roy Clark, and Vivaldi.
How are you coping with lockdown?
I miss traveling and going to concerts. Everything else is easy; I shop online, have a job I can do from home, and have enough hobbies to keep me entertained. I feel lucky in that sense, I know it has been difficult for many and my heart goes out to them.
Where can we find out more?
My website should have links to my social media accounts! Otherwise I can usually be found under TimaChristina, TimaLovesYou, or Artfreakish.
Talk us through the new track / video
Home Is Where the Heart Is was a reaction to my transition from Los Angeles to Reno. I left my hometown, a cultural mecca of diversity, for a little mountain town in the high desert. Aside from culture shock there was homesickness, there was curiosity and awe, there was the thought of this relocation being temporary, and the realization that it was okay to connect to a new space. I could add another place to that notion of home without abandoning the home I always knew. I like art being subjective, it’s more fun when the audience gets to come to their own conclusions, but the message of this song to me, at least on a subconscious level, is: You don’t have to choose one over the other; they can coexist within the same chamber of your heart.