Tosha Makia: Interview with Tosha Makia
By Adam Bernard
Tosha Makia is an artist on the move. After gaining notoriety in Connecticut for her song "Be Yourself" she became a part of the Hot 93.7 radio team, but it didn't take long for the Puerto Rican beauty to graduate to a much bigger market. After her appearance in The Source's Dime Piece section Philadelphia's (Philly) 100.3 The Beat quickly gave Tosha a call and brought her to the city of brotherly love. Her show, Tosha Makia and Da Stripper, is the number 2 show in the market and when Ms. Makia isn't making things happen on the air she's busy recording for her next album and hosting clubs that are nearly 1,500 people strong. She knows the ins and outs of the music industry both from the radio side and the recording artist side which makes her quite the unique individual and a very interesting person to speak with as this week's Artist Of The Week.
Adam Bernard: You went from being on Hartford's 93.7 to Philly's 100.3. That's a huge leap in terms of markets (from a top 50 to a top five). What are some of the major differences you've seen between working in the Hartford market and the Philly market?
Adam: You're also a recording artist. How has moving to Philly affected your singing career?
Adam: Over the past few years you've become very well known in Connecticut, but you entered Philly as a completely new face on the scene. What's the process been like building up your rep all over again?
Adam: As a radio personality are there any artists you're required to play on the regular that make you sigh and wonder why on earth people like listening to them?
Adam: Finally, you're an independent artist, but you work for a major commercial station. Fill in all the other indy artists on the processes they have to go through to get their music heard by a major radio station's program director.
Interview by Adam Bernard