born in Pittsburgh, Angel T33e cut your teeth (pun intended) on the skateboarding circuit from the early to mid-2000s, competing in everything from Vans Triple crown and the X games to get sponsorship with Roxy. While pursuing a career as a skateboarder for several years, Angel T33e has also managed to remain creatively flourished with her passion for music and songwriting. However, it was not until an unexpected accident occurred, causing her to temporarily stop skating, that she began to fully realize her vision as a musician. In turn, this gave birth to the art project known as Angel T33th.
Three is my favorite number. Do the âthree threesâ have a meaning?
It is in fact an angelic number. Angel n Â° 33. There are all kinds. Any pair is considered an angelic number. Specifically, 33 spoke of uplifting and positive energy and creativity. When I first thought of Angel T33th, changing the “e’s” to three, I thought to myself, “This not only looks cool, but it also makes more sense behind angel # 33. “
You grew up with the music around you, but you grew up skating competitively. Tell me about your early days and how you went from skateboarding to music and other creative endeavors.
There was an indoor skate park called Shady Skates which was quite close to my house. I ended up living there. I went after school every day. At the time, I was the only girl to skate there. So I immediately befriended everyone there, and it brought that little bit of community. Shortly after I did my first contest there, my mom said, “We should try and see if there are any girl-only skate events.” So I went to New York and did my first All Girls Skate Jam contest.
It was my first taste, and I was like, “I want to do this. I want to continue skating. It was so much fun meeting other skaters, and at the time, being so young, I was so determined. So I started doing contests like the Vans Triple Crown. The big event that really changed my life was the All-Girls Skate Jam in California. I ended up placing first. I finished first. was discovered by Roxy and I was sponsored shortly thereafter.
As I got a little older I started to get bored of competing, and almost lost sight of why I liked to skate in the first place. So it was around 13 years old that I decided that I didn’t really want to continue doing competitions. Around that same year, I took a guitar, and that’s what I got hooked on right away. I started to say, âOkay, I’m just going to sit here and learn how to play this. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I want to sit here and play a bunch of chords and hear different random things.
Has skate park music crept into your life? Did that influence you at the beginning when you were young?
He totally [did]. When I was young and went to the skate park every day, I remember hearing artists. I remember that I have [introduced to] Gorillaz at an early age. I remember over the years just listening to different artists and discovering the music by skating and playing it in the background. You start to build this subconscious love to discover new music and inspire yourself. In addition, my mother has always inspired me. She has such a taste for music. I’ll never forget when I was younger, she let me in Tori Amos, and I had a silly little tape that I walked to school with every day and listened to his music.
So now the next part of the journey is to start producing your own music and then you can hear that electronic element, the programmed element of Gorillaz and also the vocal influence, and the DNA of Tori Amos and where you are at. now.
To grow, Madonna had a huge influence. I would say I’ve always been inspired by her and her music because she has evolved. His albums can sound a little different and play with different genres, and I’ve always liked that. That’s what inspires me, especially with the music I make. I have always loved Tori Amos, Cocteau twins and even new artists also like Chromatic, Black marble.
I just like to take the specter of things that I grew up with that inspired me back then, growing up skating in the early 2000s. [with] the music that was coming out then and how that affected me. We all like to hang on to the things we listened to when we were younger. It definitely continued unconsciously, even when I was just doing acoustic singer-songwriter things, and now electronically, I still create these natural pop structures when I create my music because it’s so inspired by this. type of artists.
Do you aspire to work in the studio and find producers to collaborate with? What are your dream collaborations? Looks like your influences are wide and varied. Where do you see the next chapter going?
I still think about it because as I make music, even if it’s been a long time, with Angel T33th, it’s so recent because I released my first song.Let’s goâEnd of 2019. Sounds fresh to me, although I know I’ve been making music for a very long time. Right now I’m taking it slow, but I would love to collaborate with other artists.
With the music that I made, it was in my room, and it was partitioned off. One of my songs that I named “SiloâIt would be cool to meet the right people to work with. When it comes to the sound I want, I don’t always know how to articulate it. I learned that it really takes the right person to listen to my crazy thoughts. As for the whole thing, I want to play concerts and do remixes with other artists. I want to do more of the stuff where I work with other people, but also expand and play with different genres within my own sound.
There are so many ways to go. You can go in that direction Kate Bush, Tori Amos but also towards electronics, the drum machine, bigger production stuff. I am excited to see everything you are doing. So far you are deploying a video right now. Where should we look to find your music and videos?
[Thereâs] this video I’m working on with my dad right now. My partner, Jake Menne, is the videographer and my dad is the creative director. We explored all of these different concepts, and we shot 10 different concepts. These are all short, edited 15 second clips. What’s cool is that I will be sharing them on Instagram and TikTok. You will see it as each concept in itself, but [weâre] put them all together in a music video.
One of the cool things we did was animate a TV head on my body while I dance, and sing the lyrics to the song on the TV. Even just by incorporating my skateboard [is cool] because one thing i was able to do is share my music with my skateboard. When I skate I always want to listen to music, and when I edit I always think to myself, “What song am I going to put with this?” Being able to put my music on it is the coolest thing.
I think you’re gonna do amazing things. You are a great example of “Start where you are.” Use what you have. I think it’s super inspiring and encouraging. I think it’s cool that you have that background and that history in skating and that it’s always been interwoven into your music. You just do what you can, and you broadcast it, and people react to it too, because it’s pretty fearless. I’m really excited to see where your music is going.
It has been a fun learning process. One of the things I didn’t share with you was the catalyst. I mentioned that I’ve been skating intermittently since I was little, but there was – when I was making music – a 10-year hiatus in which I didn’t skate. I was done. I got back to it later in life. Then, about three years ago, I destroyed my ankle pad. I’m talking about a dislocation of a trimalleolar ankle fracture. My ankle went the other way. It was a gnarly surgery, and [it] rocked my world.
That’s when I started chasing Angel T33th. This is what inspired [it] because I was at home all day. To mentally overcome such a serious injury, you need to really focus and channel that energy into something positive. So that’s what I did. Making music is what helped me overcome this injury. It took me two years to start skating again, [but three years later], being able to do the full turn to come back skating hard, progressing slowly, and then now having my music which I think is a true version of where I’m going with my sound. It couldn’t have been the worst-case scenario anymore.
This interview appeared in issue 398, available here.