In conversation with Elise Legault
Photo credit: Janick Zebrowski
Ace Tee is the German-Ghanaian artist whose smooth flow and eclectic aesthetic shook the internet back in 2017 when her single ‘Bist du down?’ accumulated millions of views on YouTube and sparked chatter across the globe. Praised for its TLC worthy flow and Missy Elliott inspired wardrobe, the single embodied, for many, the German renaissance of 90’s R&B. For Tarin Wilda however, twenty-three at the time, Ace Tee was a side project – one she developed while working to become a hair stylist, a trade she was learning from her mother. In the winter of 2017, that prospective changed – a career as a musician, like the ones she had grown up idolizing on MTV, no longer seemed so farfetched.
The song and its accompanying video, which she herself directed, are a reflection of the maverick artist that is Ace Tee – one who is ready to carve her own path. Following the success of her breakout single, Ace Tee opened for Future, release a lip gloss with Manhattan Cosmetics and even collaborated with H&M on a signature collection. Although she’s been off to a promising start, Ace Tee is the first to admit that making it big, and remaining on top, isn’t easy.
The singer, who is currently on tour with fellow German artist Cro, has been focusing on producing new material and making her way to the U.S. within the coming year. She recently took a break from life on the road to give us some candid insight into how winter is a time for her to create and to fully embrace her ‘Sip slow’ philosophy.