ITSTANR- An Expedition into Hardship and Mental Health


Edit: As of this edit, “Perfect World” has now been named “7TEEN”.

Tanner Merten, a rapper from Houston, Texas, speaks about his hardships; from not being supported by his parents, to channeling his thoughts into his music as therapy.

Through the process of an interview, Tanner states that readers can look forward to his new mixtape “Perfect World” which will allow others to enter his mind and hopefully, it can aid those that may be struggling through similar situations.

Read below to learn about Tanner and his struggles.

Your music alias, “ITSTANR”, how did the name come to exist?

Originally, my music alias was just “Tanr”, as my name is Tanner. I felt that “Tanr” wasn’t enough. I felt it needed something more.

Why did you become involved in the music industry? Has it always been a dream? If not, what was your dream before?

Music has always been a dream of mine since I was 11. Music hasn’t necessarily been a huge part of my life, as I was always kind of scared to tell people that music was my dream. My friends told me to take the shot while I still could and the rest is history.



Tanner’s friends.


You stated that you have gone through hardship to be where you are today. Is this hardship shown in your music?

Yeah, most definitely. In my more recent music I have been making, I make music based on relationships I have/had currently or in the past, my current battles with anxiety and depression and just my inner demons. Most of this music will be heard on my new tape “Perfect World” that will be coming out late 2018.

Your new mixtape,”Perfect World”, what will it comprise of? Is the name a depiction of what you want your music to achieve, a theoretical “perfect world”?

“Perfect World” is actually set-up like a play. With track 1 being “The Introduction”, and tracks 2-8 being “Act I”, “Scenes 1-7”. “Act I” is based on anxiety, depression, my battles and other demons I have fought in my life. In the middle of the tape at Track 9, is “The Interlude”. Tracks 10-16 being “Act II”, “Scenes 1-7”. “Act II” is based on my relationship issues of now. This will include Drake type songs in which I speak about my ex-girlfriend.

“Perfect World” was never really an idea until I started making music about my hardships and relationships. I found writing music about those things just came to me naturally, as I wrote 5 of them in just one sitting. Therefore, “Perfect World” was kind of made accidentally.

What hardships have you endured along your music career? How have you exceeded these situations and/or scenarios?

Honestly, one of the hardest things to endure musically [or in any profession] is not having the support of your parents. That has always been the hardest for me, especially as a kid. Because with music you need all this equipment, all these programs, and as a kid, you don’t have the money to do that. I remember when I had to record on my iPhone in Voice Memos with my earbuds.

To this day my parents still don’t support what I have been doing for just about a year now. But I have the support of all of my friends and that’s all anyone really needs.



Tanner Merten, known as “ITSTANR’.


What has been your biggest goal this year? How do you intend to transcend this achievement?

My biggest goal of 2017 was to reach at least 20,000 total streams on SoundCloud. Currently, I’m at 18,250+. Not completely at the goal, but I am very satisfied with the results of just this year alone.

If you could give advice to those reading this on how to overcome hardship and persevere, what would you advise?

Sometimes, you have to be at your lowest to see your highest. Just never give up. Always, follow your gut.

To those reading this article, what content can they look forward to seeing in 2018?

Content-wise, I’ll be dropping a single from “Perfect World” on 1/1/18, and another 6/1/18, and the rest will be history. There will be a few songs in between there that are not on the tape, but the tape is my main focus and the main goal of 2018.

To follow Tanner on his music career, be sure to check out his social media accounts and follow him:




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