Tali is accredited with being the most successful female MC in Drum N Bass of all time. With three DnB Awards, a solo album, numerous singles and guest vocals under her belt, Tali has MC’d all around the world with many of the scenes heavyweights.
Discovered by Roni Size back in 2001, Tali moved from New Zealand to the UK to sign to the legendary ‘Full Cycle Records’ and went onto write and record the first female MC album ever released in DnB – ‘Lyric on My Lip’ Full Cycle 2004 (and one of the first ever MC albums fullstop!) with production from Roni Size, Krust, Clipz, and DJ Die, with featured vocals from Dynamite MC. From this Tali was given the name ‘The First Lady of Full Cycle’ which after winning her first DnB award got shortened to ‘The First Lady of the Mic’.
Since then, Tali has gone on to MC and Record with other reputable names in DnB, such as Marky (Brazil), Shy Fx, Goldie, Dillinja, Lynx, Marcus Intalex, Shimon, Camo & Krooked, Atlantic Connection (US), SS and Influx UK, Simon ’Bassline" Smith, LTJ Bukem, EZ Rollers, Dirtyphonics, Reid Speed and Shortee, and Dope Amo to name but a few, as well as expanding into other genres, with featured vocals alongside The Freestylers, Stereotype, Martjin Ten Velden and Fran and Josh.
Tali’s vocals have been used in Activision’s hugely popular game – ‘DJ HERO’, and her tunes bumped in American Reality TV Show – ‘Tough Love’ and her tune ‘The Secret’ (produced by Dirtyphonics) features on the Xtreme Sports channel promoting skateboarding legend Rob Dyrdek.
Tali recently released her second album, ‘Dark Days, High Nights’ on Shimon’s AudioPorn label (Sept 2011) with the inclusion of an additional album ‘Dark Days, High Nights The Live album feat More Lke Trees’ (produced by Ant Miles), Guest production on the electronic album includes Shimon, Dirtyphonics, Benny Page, Noisses, Atlantic Connection, Skism, Lynx & Malibu Rhodes, Ed Rush, Dodge and Fuski, and Fourward, and includes vocal appearances by DRS and Amari MC.
Reknown for her unique ability to sing and freestyle, Tali’s reputation has grown due to her versatility, soaring voice and the positive connection she makes with the crowd. While Tali is able to hold her own next to any MC in the scene and rock the mic over any kind of Drum N Bass, Tali mostly prefers her deep liquid rollers, citing Calibre, S.P.Y. Marcus Intalex, Lenzman and Commix as some of her more personal favourite DJ’s to MC and rave to!
Tali has graced the covers of DJ Magazine and Knowledge, and received radio support from Jo Whiley’s ‘Live Lounge’, Steve Lamacq, Fabio and Grooverider, Crissy Criss, DJ Bailey, Annie Mac, Misterjam, and Zane Lowe throughout her career. Tali also fronts her own live Band, has composed the score to a political musical that has shown at The HighTide Festival in Suffolk and The West End, (‘Nicked’) is a contributing writer to various music magazines and is currently writing a book about her experiences as a female MC within Drum N Bass.