How To: Become an Artist with TY

We spoke to TY about his journey into music and top tips for how to become an Artist.

Ty is best known for his lyrical frankness and honest portrayals of everyday life, setting him aside from many mainstream hip hop acts and allowing him complete artistic independence. We spoke to him about how to become an Artist in the music industry ahead of his new release Baby Love

What inspired you to become a musician?

From primary school I found an affinity with music but my parents didn’t allow me to pursue music as a child because they come from a background which suggests music isn’t to be taken seriously but I found a way to follow my hearts desires. It hasn’t been easy but I wouldn’t change my life for anybody

Describe your journey into music?

From dancing uniquely in the street in the club from rapping in my bedroom to performing open Mics to rapping in rap competitions to rapping on radio to making demos and finally to making records and here we are!

What is the best and worst thing about being an artist?

Best thing is the effect my music has had on people the worst thing is the upper echelons of the music industry and how they treat UK hip hop

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Too many highlights but one is having JDilla and Madlib bring me back to their dressing room after watching my band tear things up in Switzerland at the Montreux jazz festival and swapping details.

To have your peers understand what you’re doing means everything. I don’t look for validation from anyone….anymore.

Do you feel the role of a label is important to an Artist?

The label used to be very important but I think their role in an artists career is changing. To me it’s not about being under a label or being signed to a label so much it’s about creating working partnerships to distribute and deliver music.

If you could change one thing about the Music Industry, what would it be?

I would change the open racism that most people have accepted as usual. it’s not on but it’s become part of the system

What tips do you have for writing lyrics and creating good songs?

Exercise your writing… like you exercise your body. Try different things…. read books it helps sharpen the mind and listen to other music, others genres and ideas are all around you if you allow the energy to reveal itself

Finally, What advice do you have for young musicians in the music industry?

Learn about the business!

Learn about marketing!

Learn your instrument!

Also learn about what you want from yourself and the music your making. Why are you making music? What do you want to gain from music? Who are you? These are thing you’re going to need to be clear on.

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