Today we’d like to introduce you to Tuesday Villane.
Hi Tuesday, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started playing music when I was very young; both my parents are super supportive, and my brother is a musician as well. I took up percussion in the sixth grade and took heavily toward mallet percussion. I played Drums and Guitar in a number of different rock bands while in high school, eventually creating a Ukulele Math-Rock band called Tuesday Again. Tuesday Again played local venues like Austin’s Coffee, Stardust, Copper Rocker, St. Matts, West End Trading, and many more. The group played originals and unique covers and was quite the hit, we made a few recordings but nothing too heavy, we eventually paused the project in 2018. I had played Vibraphone and Marimba throughout High School and College in College I originally started off as studying classical percussion, but then I quickly was enticed by the world of Jazz Fusion, I quickly began playing the local jazz scene, being a regular at the house band in a number of different venues. After being in a number of different Jazz Fusion groups, I decided to re-launch Tuesday Again under a new Jazz Punk format. We reformed in 2020 with just myself and the Bassist, Elijah Lane being the only original members; we had Robert Weisenbarger on Drums, Elijah Lane on Bass, Patrick Moreno on Keys, and myself on Vibraphone. The new Tuesday Again picked up steam quickly, playing a number of Venues including a series of concerts that I put together, my favorite being the 2.22.22 “Twos-Day” Show and most recently was Tuesday Again’s EP Launch Party at Geek Easy. We have played a ton of festivals, including the Orlando Fringe, Winter Springs Art Walk, and Fab Arts and Music Festival in Sarasota. In August we are excited to host “Moon Landing Conspiracy at Stardust Video and Coffee” a delightful show on August 13th with a double headliner by Tuesday Again and Chris and the Chemtrails, the support is The Fly Casuals, and the opener is a solo artist from South Florida dubbed ihateprision.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been many bumps as many artists face as they grow along their artistic journey. I have been a part of many projects that have sadly come to an end, but at the end of the day, they have opened the door to many exciting projects. I had gone to college for a music performance degree, but I found myself often battling to try and balance school and my professional life. I had been gigging 4-5 nights a week and teaching most days during most of my college career, so I got very burnt out on school, as I had gotten a taste of what the future had in store, and I was too eager to get out of college. In 2020 I was forced to slow down. I went from not having a day off in years to having 4 months off, I started a YouTube series where I recorded myself performing improvised chord melodies to jazz standards, and I did one every day for 45 days straight. This habit was a bit manic in retrospect, but allowed me to fill the time but contributed way more stress than it needed to. Toward October of 2020, by best friend, and now Business Partner, Moriah Hairston, convinced me to use some of my newfound time to create something new, and it was out of this pandemic that Sakura Coffee Co. was born. I had been a coffee lover for a long long time and had been roasting coffee for myself and friends for about a year or so, and I used that knowledge and passion to build a craft coffee roasting business. Moriah and I have been working hard to source and roast incredibly high-quality, ethically sourced coffees; we are always trying to improve the quality of the product we provide and even do craft coffee pop-ups at various events; we are regular vendors at the Longwood City Farmers Market on Saturday mornings, and are for hire for private events. Our pop-up setup features and Espresso Bar where you can get any espresso-based drink like Lattes, Cappuccinos, and so on, or you can choose to have a hand-poured coffee with your choice of beans on a pour-over!
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Musician and Coffee Professional; I find there to be a pretty hefty overlap between artists and the caffeine-dependent crowd. Sakura Coffee Co. is the passion project of myself and my business partner, Moriah Hairston, and we push every day to elevate the level of product and experience that our small company provides. My original music band Tuesday Again is a unique find as we mix Jazz with Rock and Punk styligns, and on top of that, I play a rarely seen instrument called the Vibraphone. To add some complexity, the Vibraphone I play with my band has pickups on each key, allowing me to run the sound through guitar pedals and effects most Vibraphone players don’t get the opportunity to. But outside of Jazz Punk, I play improvised Vibraphone for meditation, I have a number of recordings on my website that are free to enjoy, but I also will do in-person sound bath/sound healing sessions, like my upcoming one at November’s “Healing Together” in Orlando. As a classically trained percussionist, I do have my hands on many other instruments as well, getting the opportunity to play many different musical theater productions, having played 6 different runs of shows at 4 different theaters in 2022 alone.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I took a major risk of choosing to be a self-employed freelance artist, and it pays off so much. Being able to create music, art, and coffee as my job is an incredibly rewarding experience, and I am so grateful every day for the opportunities and people that have helped me get to where I am today. I feel that I am a pretty aggressive risk taker, I am always forcing myself to try new things, and it can be a very uneasy feeling. I just launched my bands first EP, we did a full release party with 3 bands, I had tee-shirts and CDs printed for the event, and I managed everything from securing the venues, bands, and personnel. If you did an interview with my partner, she could tell you how freaked out I was that it would be a flop, but once the dust settles and the doors opened, it was an incredible event full of amazing music, beautiful people, and memories that will be held forever.
- Tuesday Again EP $12
- Tuesday Again Shirts $20
- Sakura Coffee Beans $15-20
- August 13th Tix $10 presale
- Website: https://www.tuesdayvibes.art
- Instagram: @tvillanemusic @tuesday_again @sakuracoffeeco
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTub6cVhUfMXKd0M64Wx5OA
- Other: https://www.tuesdayagainmusic.com https://www.sakuracoffeeco.com