International Spotlight: Be Heard Artist “Tootsie”
Edge: Who are you?
Tootsie: In the shortest way possible that I can say it, my name is Tootsie. I’m from London. I’m a singer, songwriter, dancer, artist, designer. I’m signed to an independent label called Quarterback Ent. That’s based out of here in London. I’ve been with them for about a year. I’m working on an EP, that’s about me. That’s short and sweet.
Edge: How did you get your start?
Tootsie: I started out listening to the Spice Girls when I was little. My dad gave me a mix CD thing for my carrier and it was all Spice Girls. It started out with my friends and everyone would just fight over what Spice Girl they were gonna be and I always used to be Scary Spice. After that—I was about 6 years old—my dad made me a cassette with all these Michael Jackson songs on it and after that IT WAS A WRAP! Once I heard Michael Jackson, it was a wrap. When I first listened to him I hadn’t seen him dance, I didn’t know what he looked like. I just remember that one cassette my dad gave me and from then I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Edge: Describe your style.
Tootsie: You know what? To be honest, I feel my style is Tootsie. I can’t really compare myself to anyone. I don’t stick to one thing. I branch out. You can’t categorize me, I’m just Tootsie. My style is Tootsie.
Edge: What sets you apart from the rest of the business?
Tootsie: The fact that I do things that other people won’t do. I’ll try things that people might think it’s stupid to try. I don’t knock anything and I can appeal to different audiences. I don’t have one set target audience.
Edge: What do you think is missing from music right now?
Tootsie: Music is missing fun. Music is missing talent to be honest. A lot of these people are working really hard and that all cool but I don’t see real talent. Like back in the day, talent was just raw. You didn’t need no “auto-tune”. You didn’t need no fancy gimmicks, no costumes. All you had to do was stand there and just give it all you have. Now days it’s overpowered by everything materialistic. You’re not really focusing on people’s talent anymore. That’s what it’s really missing. Just raw talent.
Edge: What can we expect from you in the future?
Tootsie: To see something refreshing. What I’m bringing is something so different. It hasn’t been done. It’s fresh. I think it’s just fun. I’m gonna bring fun and talent. I don’t wan no gimmicks. I don’t want no effects, no fancy business. I just want people to see me for me. Just a real person who loves to sing. That’s what I want people to understand. I do this because I love to do it not because I just want to make money or because I want to be famous or because I want to look like I’m fancy. I want people to understand dancing and singing is my passion. I just want to make people happy—I want to make people happy, laugh, cry, fall in love—I want everyone to just feel what I’m bring through with my songs.
Edge: Finally, why are you an artist who deserves to be heard?
Tootsie: I deserve to be heard because I have something to say. I’ve got a very positive message. I think I can be a very good role model for children. I notice, from the fan base that I already have, it’s a lot of young girls. I just want to bring a positive message. The teens, especially around 14 or 15, some of the stuff they’re doing I would have never done at their age. I don’t know if maybe some of them don’t have the correct parental guidance or maybe they’re learning stuff from their friends. I hope I can be there to send a positive message that they don’t have to do anything bad. They don’t have to go out and have sex. They don’t have to go out and drink and do drugs. They can just have fun without all of the excess drama.