Interview: Tank Talks Music, Matters of the Heart and Being ‘Stronger’

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Were you a party person when you were younger?
Absolutely. I used to dance when I was in middle and high school. I used to get it.

What kind of dances?
That old-school stuff like the running man. All the cool dances we got now, like crumping, nae-nae, and all that other stuff is a different style. Not that I can’t do any because I can definitely rock some of those as well. I like that the new generation is taking it back to a time when dancing was a lot more fun.

What’s something that you feel like you’ve got to have in a female like you reference in your track “Gotta Have it”?
It’s basically a take on the relationship. When you are interacting with someone that you’re very into, you can’t get enough of it. When you’re not there you want them there, when they’re not on the phone you want to call. It’s that feeling where you’ve gotta have her and this song speaks on the effects of having her and why I always want her.

“Missing You” talks about missing a woman who is no longer in a guy’s life. What’s a lesson you’ve learned from heartbreak?
I learned that it’s not something that you want to hide from. It’s not something that you don’t want to make yourself available to. You’ll only truly be heartbroken if you give your heart, give away lov, and you truly put yourself in a position to lose something. Far too many times we don’t, and this makes it so easy to walk away from things because our heart is not all the way in it. I’ve learned from heartbreak that it is bad but it’s not that bad. It’s a part of life so you grow and you learn from every heartbreak that you experience.

Your next song is titled “Same Way.” What are some things that you’ve done in your career in the past that you wouldn’t do the same way?
I wouldn’t have taken things so personally in the beginning of my career. I was mad about a lot of things and it’s because I just didn’t understand that everybody isn’t like me. Everybody doesn’t appreciate it or value it. For some people it’s just business and whatever they have to do to get a dollar, they’ll do it. I was raised with a few more morals so money wasn’t always my motivation and it’s hard for me to look at things like that. I just love to do what I do and I thought that everybody was doing this for the love but that’s just not the case. If I could go back I would be a little less personal, a little less loving to those who didn’t deserve it, and I would’ve been more about my business.

“Hope This Makes You Love Me” hits home for a lot of us. Have you ever loved someone but the feelings weren’t reciprocated?
Yeah, of course, that is where the song comes from. It’s an honest feeling. You love somebody and shoot, let’s go to the point where you’re on the verge of losing it; you’re fighting hard to keep it and maybe that person has already moved on. They’ve already decided in their hearts that this part is over but for you it’s not. So you go through all these different dynamics of trying to find ways to rekindle that and bring that back to life in hopes that somebody will love you the same way that you love them. It’s something that we all go through and unconsciously we find ourselves out there saying “What am I doing?” It’s for love, though, so that’s not a bad thing.