Mumbai, February 26, 2022.
Tatiana, more popularly known by her stage name T8iana (‘Tay-tiana’), an Australian transgender singer-songwriter of Mauritian-Indian-French descent, has dropped her first dance/pop single “What have you gotta say now?” from her debut album ‘Celebrat8ion’. The single has been produced by Clarence Jey, the LA based, Grammy winning record producer of Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ fame. The video, directed by Joyce Northey from Abele Productions, was co-incidentally filmed on November 20, 2021, observed as Transgender Day of Remembrance, in memory of transgenders murdered as a result of transphobia. The video has been choreographed by acclaimed Australian Dancer, MartijnSedgfield, who has also worked with major stars like Paula Abdul, Jason Derulo & Meghan Trainor.
T8iana’s music reflects the struggles she went through in her childhood, adolescence and adult life, growing up in a conservative middle-class environment in her hometown and grappling with being different. Born a boy, T8iana knew she was different from the other kids as far as her gender was concerned. Her life turned around when a life-changing incident almost killed her. She was viciously attacked by a group of homophobic adolescent boys while walking alone back to her house from school. “That evening something died and something was reborn inside me. I decided to be brave and true to myself. It was almost like I shifted into a new state of mind,” T8iana says of that unfortunate incident. She transitioned to female in 2014.