TGT Talks Show At House Of Blues Atlantic City, Fighting For R&B & More!

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Warning: What you’re about to see is a lot of sexy.

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Yeah. We know. What would you do if these three R&B captains formed a supergroup? Probably explode, right? Spontaneously combust. Well, try to cool those engines as best  you can because….they did. Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank AKA TGT came together over six years ago with the mission to bring back true R&B music to the masses. To pick up where Jodeci left off, in the words of Tyrese. It’s taken the trio until now to introduce the world to this music. The guys released two singles in the past couple months: “Sex Never Felt Better” (that’s right) and “I Need”, and are set to release their first album together, 3 Kings, on August 20th.

TGT kicked off the 3 Kings Tour on June 26th in Oakland, CA and will make a stop at House Of Blues Atlantic City at Showboat next Friday, July 19th! Can you feel the excitement?!

We were lucky enough to stop and chat with Tyrese, Ginuwine AND Tank earlier this week! Check out what they had to say about the group, the show and more, below!

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TAC: Although you guys formed a while ago, this is the first tour actually promoting a TGT album. How has that been for you all so far?

Tyrese: It’s been amazing. It’s been a learning experience. It’s been fun for us just as good friends. We’ve been the best of friends over ten years. Even though we’ve been solo, we’ve been in full support of each other’s careers from the beginning. For us to be touring, we feel like teenagers that are on stage and having fun and laughing, and feeling the energy of all the ladies screaming, and just being on the same tour bus cracking jokes and having fun. It’s just been a great experience. We have a lot of adjustments to make. We’ve been learning along the way because at the end of the day, we’ve all been solo and now we’re a unit. It’s not about just saying we’re together now. It’s about saying we’re together now and how do we make it work and how do we make the best of it. It’s been a growing and learning experience just as men first and artists later. But it’s been amazing.

TAC: You all come from very successful solo backgrounds. How would you describe each of your roles in the group?

Tyrese: I’m the leader.

Ginuwine: We’re gonna chime in right there! We’re not gonna let Tyrese say that anymore! We’ll just cut him off right now. I think we are actually still learning the roles in the group. All of us don’t like the same thing. We try to make it work for each of us, but we’re still learning. The roles really are not defined. On the stage I would say that I’m the energy of the group. I would say Tank would be the sex symbol of the group and Tyrese is the business man. Those are the roles right now.

Tank: Although I do enjoy my sexy role, thank you Ginuwine, I’m also the one that’s got all the jokes.

Ginuwine: I’m pretty sure Tyrese is mad right now that I said Tank is the sex symbol of the group. That’s why he’s not saying anything anymore.

Tyrese: I’m not saying anything because I have no response!

(laughter)

Tyrese: That’s just the way it is. The one thing that I think both of them respect me on and can appreciate is outside the excitement of being an artist, and the screams and all of the energy, I pride myself on being a business man and kind of making sure the strategies, the plans, the ideas, the budgets, the executions of the plans and all of the above is in place so that we can win. At the end of the day, you can’t sell anybody on anything that they’re unaware of. I never think black. I never think local. I never think demographic. I always think global, multiethnic, all inclusive. I was hanging out in the studio last night with this girl from Sweden. And she was like ‘Oh my god, it’s just going to be amazing when people hear this album because we’re fans in Sweden of all three of you guys.’ And I said, they know us in Sweden? She was like ‘Oh my god, are you kidding me? When Ginuwine’s Pony song came out, all of the girls in Sweden were crazy about his album.’ It’s just amazing to know that we’re working on something that reaches different countries and different ethnic groups. You don’t do music as an African American just to sell records to African Americans. You want everybody to enjoy and embrace the music. That’s what I love.

TAC: And what can your fans here expect from your show at House Of Blues Atlantic City next week?

Ginuwine: Atlantic City House Of Blues, I must say thank you for even having us. When I come up there, they always come out and support. They can expect greatness from us. We’re collaborating. We’re doing our solo sets and then we’re coming out as a group and it’s going to really be a night to remember. It’s nothing but energy. You hear nothing but hits, all of our hits, and seeing us on the stage together is really magical. I think the ladies will definitely be surprised and pleased. So definitely come out and support us because we’re gonna do a great show.

TAC: We’ve seen pictures on twitter with you bringing fans on stage and making them go all crazy. Can you explain this?

(Check out Tank’s Instagram for the juicy visual).

Tank: Yeah, I bring them on stage. Mess with them a little bit. It’s actually photographed and documented. I like for the fans to feel like they’re part of it and give them the opportunity to be appreciated in front of everybody.

TAC: You all have been good friends for years and are now business partners. Are you the kind of group that hangs out together on tour during your downtime too?

Tank: No way. After four days of being on the bus with these guys and in the dressing room, I want to go home!

Ginuwine: I’m really a loner, but I love being with the fellas on the road and all the fun stuff we do, but I really like to be alone and go on my way.

Tyrese: I agree with Ginuwine about being a loner, but I don’t really think of myself as a loner. I’m just one of those people that love being around people, but I love being around my people. I love being around a whole lot of people where I can just relax, and be myself, and laugh, and just be around people that I really gel with. Everything I do and everywhere I go, I feel like I’m always at work and on this mission to accomplish something.

TAC: What can you tell us about the 3 Kings album being released in about a month or so?

Tyrese: We got a total of 17 actual songs, 15 songs with two strong interludes that are gonna be funny and cool for people to listen to. Nothing like a great interlude to help set up a song. It takes us back to those classic Jodeci albums where they were all laughing and had that good energy. That’s kind of the vibe. We have this concept of kind of picking up where Jodeci left off. Like that bad boy energy without being over the top. Bad boy, sexy, aggressive R&B music that’s live in concert with screaming girls, and energy, and all that stuff that comes with it. We’re just excited. We’re very excited.

(Tyrese now needs to leave because it is his daughter’s birthday. Awws. He also tells Tank & Ginuwine to answer the rest of the questions just like he would. More laughs!).

TAC: In a recent article with Billboard Magazine, you said that you wanted to bring back R&B music and really inspire the younger generations. How were you inspired by R&B music when you were younger and how do you plan on capturing the interest of the younger generations today?

Tank: When I was younger listening to R&B music like the New Editions and The Guys and all of these people, music actually had a feeling to it. When you heard a song, it actually captured a place in time. You remember where you were, you remember what you were doing, you remember who you were holding hands with, if you got a kiss. Music just captured those moments and now we’ve gotten into making this music that holds no value and holds no time to it. As soon as you put it out, it’s a quick burn and it’s out of here, and nobody remembers it. I think we just want to get back to making memorable music where you can play it during your cookout, or you can play it when you’re chillin’ with the family or chillin’ with that special somebody when you’re having special moments together. Whether it be sexual or just romantic, we just want to bring that style of music back for people to just remember the moments. Remember the moments in love, remember the moments where we had to fight through something, remember the moments where you did press on and these are the rewards and these are the benefits of doing so. That type of thing. We just want to re-introduce that and re-emphasize that over and over again.

TAC: Do you think that the QUALITY of R&B music today has a factor in it not speaking to the younger generations or is it more due to the fact that it’s not reaching them as easily because of changes in the industry?

Tank: The music is made good, but it’s just made for what it’s made for. I think when you start talking about the moments in music, you have to start talking about the content. It starts to get into the content. What you’re singing about and what you’re singing about dictates the musical tone as well from a musician and a producer. It’s more about the content that gets in the way about singing passionately about the things that we used to sing about.

TAC: You’re also hosting a party at Foundation Room after the show. What can we expect? How do you party?

Tank: I’m King Turn Up. That’s my AKA. It’s pretty much going to be turned up the whole time. I’m a great host. I’m going to make sure everybody has refreshments and hors d’oeuvres if there are any. And make sure we get on favorite songs people want to hear and we dance and shake a bunch of tail feathers to it!

TAC: Sounds perfect! What do you all hope to accomplish with TGT that you haven’t already accomplished on your own?

Tank: I think it’s selling something. I think that it’s selling the camaraderie between brothers. Putting out the notion that it’s bigger than just music. In order for R&B music to be what it’s supposed to be, it’s gotta be about something bigger. What we’re trying to show people is that we’re going to put who we are individually aside and collectively come together for the greater good of something better. It’s just about showing that we’re willing to fight and do whatever it takes to say something that we really love. So fighting for R&B and coming together for that cause. It’s going to be something new for everybody that they haven’t seen in a long time.

 

We love! If you’re in need of a good ladies night out or whatever, make sure you get your tickets to see TGT at House Of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City next Friday! Show starts at 9!

 

 

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