Tatiana Hazel grew up in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with parents and siblings whose musical tastes spanned hip-hop, metal, and duranguense. Tatiana
took all of it in, as well as singers she enjoyed including Joanna Newsom
, and Kurt Cobain
, and more obscure artists that she discovered on her own. She started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 11, and at 13, she began posting videos of herself performing her songs on YouTube. In the meantime, she also taught herself keyboards and ukulele. She slowly accumulated several thousand followers, and as a 15-year-old in 2012, she released the My Story EP, which framed her lilting melodies in a more typical band setting with guitar, piano, and live drums. Hazel eventually began performing locally and collaborating with other members of the city's music scene. In early 2015, she was featured on Chicago rapper Kweku Collins
' track "The Wayside." Later that year, she appeared with Ju on "Murphy's Law" by Melo (aka Carmelo Cianflone), and her single "Wanted" was produced by the city's Dantian Beats. She continued to release more atmospheric, electronics-based singles while attending Chicago's Columbia College, which she soon left because she felt she was getting enough practical knowledge about the music business on her own.
In mid-2017, Hazel issued the cumbia-inflected "Dimelo," her first single to be recorded in her first language of Spanish. She followed it later in the year with the Dantian Beats-produced EP Wavelengths and another Spanish-language single, "No Me Encuentras." Featuring the shimmering, lyrically conflicted "Doin' Fine," the Toxic EP followed in July of 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi