We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Singer & Songwriter… Toni Romiti!!! We had the priviledge of meeting Romiti at the Women’s Power Luncheon where she served the panel as a panelist and we were very impressed by her success. Romiti used social media as a outlet for her music and very popular saying, “Bish Whet” which helped kickstart her music career. Lets get know Romiti…
3 Voices: You have built a very big fanbase. Let the people know how you got started.
Romiti: I would do YouTube covers and have people from Instagram listen to them. I would ask them to shout out my YouTube cover and I would do shout out for shout out. Then when Vine happened I started making vines…I had about 8,000 followers on Vine I started doing a lot of SoundCloud covers. I basically dropped “Nothin On Me” and had a lot of viners making vines of people just kind of caught on to it and I just kept making Vines doing regular stuff that I use to do.
3 Voices: What inspired you to become a singer/songwriter? Who are some of your musical influences?
Romiti: To be honest, I listen to a lot of Chief Keef, Lil Durk…just a lot of Chicago artists. I don’t listen to many female artists. I’m self-inspired to be honest. I just knew that I could do it. I’ve been singing since I was younger…like really young, I was the kid that people would always ask to sing. I just knew that I could do it so I started writing. I’m really into poetry so I would write poems/raps and then I would sing them.
I don’t really have a lot of female people that inspire me, I listen to Rihanna a lot and I like her a lot.
3 Voices: How did you come up with the material for your vines? When did you realize “Bish Whet” was taking off?
Romiti: Like literally, I have a friend at school, Shaniece, that I met because I played basketball in college for my first year…she was also on the basketball team and we used to hang out a lot. She used to twerk and stuff, so she would just twerk for my Vines and I would just be the hype man because I can’t dance. So I would just be like, “Hey get it, Bish Whet…Whet” and stuff like that. I would just say it when my friends would dance. I just started making Vines that would be like, “Oh, I have a 20 page paper due tomorrow, Bish Whet!” That’s literally how it happens. When I hit like 300,000 followers on Vine, I did a thing like do your best Bish Whet voice and I’ll revine it, we just started doing it like that. Then a DJ from New Jersey made a club remix to it and then DJ Taj made his club remix to it and it just blew up I guess. It’s pretty crazy.
3 Voices: You recently dropped a video for the song “When I’m On”. Tell us about the story behind the song and video.
Romiti: I just wanted it to be like…not saying that working at a restaurant is bad, but that’s not something that I want to do with my life. I honestly never had a job or worked. It was pretty cool just because I’ve never done anything like that before, so it was fun. So basically it was supposed to be me working a job that I didn’t like then at the end of the video it’s me becoming and people seeing me perform at shows and actually living my dream type thing. It’s basically like, they like me when I’m down, they like me when I’m not doing what I want to do and they hate me when I’m just living my dream.
3 Voices: What can the people expect from your recent album, Lemonade? What’s your favorite single from Lemonade?
Romiti: Honestly, I love all the songs on it. I truly believe I love all the songs on it but the remixes are dope because Tink did so well, KB and Chris Smith Jr. are the other two features that I have on it and they did so well on it too. I just feel like all the songs on there are really good. You can expect a roller-coaster, I guess. It’s a lot of different variety of music when you listen to it.
3 Voices: Where does the title, Lemonade come from?
Romiti: My dad passed away when I was 12 years old and prior to that, I was kinda like the little troublemaker in school…I was just kinda bad. He used to always tell me “when life pass you lemons, make lemonade.” I couldn’t catch a break because I was so bad and the teachers were so mean to me…so he used to tell me “when life pass you lemons, make lemonade,” and I didn’t get it at first, I was like “what the hell does that even mean? Like what are you talking about?” I was like in 8th grade and next year I really started thinking about that and I wrote a poem. It’s a really dope poem…I just wrote it and I used the concept. I just wanted the album to represent my life. My life was sour when my dad passed away but now I’m making my own lemonade and it’s so sweet. That’s basically what it really was. I have a song on my album that’s dedicated to my dad and it’s pretty dope. Yesterday was actually my dad’s birthday, so I wanted to drop it on my dad’s birthday.
3 Voices: What is next for Romiti? Are there any exclusives you can share with us?
Romiti: I did a really dope feature for Speaker Knockerz…he recently passed away. We shot the video probably like two months ago, his younger brother Chris performed the performance shots and it’s really dope…it’s a really dope song. That’s my next biggest thing that’s poppin just because it’s a dope song.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to Romiti on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Romiti: My Twitter is @__romiti. My Instagram is @romitimusic. My Vine is Toni Romiti. My Soundcloud is just Romiti and I’m about to start using Facebook again even though I don’t want to but I just feel that a lot of people still use Facebook so I am gone try to use it more. My YouTube channel is t romiti and that’s it for all the social media I really use. My name is obviously Toni Romiti, people know that more because that’s what my Vine says…I want my stage name to just by Romiti but it’s okay…it’s whatever.
And there you have it people! You heard it from Romiti herself! Be sure to purchase her new album, Lemonade on iTunes. Much success to you Romiti and be sure to keep in touch!
Here’s Romiti’s When I’m On: