Local musician in the spotlight: Ty Da Tyrant

Ty Da Tyrant


tyrant2Everyone is hearing a lot about Utica Music & Arts Festival coming up & with all that buzz it’s hard to catch it all! I would like to take some time to shine a spotlight on a local, upcoming Hip-Hop/Rap artist, Ty Da Tyrant. He is making his way up the food chain being named the number four Hip/Hop artist in Utica, NY on ReverbNation!

He will be playing at the Utica Music and Arts Festival at 1 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at the Level Bar and Lounge, 222 Bleecker St., Utica with DJ T-Sap Tha Time Traveler on the 1s and 2s!

I was lucky enough to get a moment of his time to answer a few questions before his upcoming show at Utica Music and Arts Festival:

Question: First of all how does it feel to be a part of the vast music scene in Utica, NY?

Answer: Honestly it has its pros and cons. In one aspect Utica and Upstate NY in general is abundant with very talented and driven artists from just about every genre you can think of, and luckily I’ve been able to collaborate with many of them. On the other hand, sometimes it seems like local support for artists is minimal especially in the Hip Hop scene. If more of us worked together instead of letting ego drive us apart, I feel like Utica could be the leader in musical arts for Upstate NY.

Q: On a musical level, who do you think influences your music the most?

A: I think anyone who knows me is aware that I am a lifelong Tech N9ne fan, and if you listen to my music there is a heavy influence. To me he is a total package emcee. He kills it all from the stage show, to the mic & to the big screen. His work ethic to me is unparalleled.

tyQ: As a small town kid, did you ever see yourself being recognized as the #4 Hip artists on ReverbNation for Utica, NY?

A: It doesn’t matter where you are from; I think talent speaks for itself. Reverbnation is a great promotional tool for aspiring artists to get their music out to a vast audience. Unfortunately the statistics are not necessarily based on talent but more so on generating fans and paying for extra promotion. Who is the “best” in Utica is all a matter of opinion.

Q: On a personal level, what’s your drive for success?

A: I’ve been doing this a long time. It is not a fad or a phase in my life that will go away with time. It’s all I’ve really ever been good at. I have a talent and I refuse to waste it.

Q: Do you aspire to become a national artist, or are you going to keep it local?

A: Every artist strives to become something bigger than what they started out to be. I want to reach as many people as I possibly can with my music.

Q: If you could give any piece of advice to an aspiring artist, what would it be?

A: Be yourself. People are quicker to embrace you when you are genuine.

Q: Where can people find your music?

A: Follow me on Twitter @tydatyrant1
Follow me on Soundcloud @tydatyrant
Follow me on Reverbnation @tydatyrant
Follow me on Facebook @tydatyrant

Q: Last but not least, if you could thank anyone who would it be?

A: I gotta thank my entire crew at Time Lab Productions for getting me where I’m at now. Shout out Roger Guzman (Dr. Rogineer) for always holding me down and giving me the motivation to keep pushing myself. I’d like to thank all my supporters my friends and family. And, a big thank you to The Fuze Magazine for showcasing local talent. Much love!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Ty-Da-Tyrant! Be sure to check him out the 12th, at 1 a.m. At the Level Bar and Lounge w/ DJ T-Sap Tha Time Traveler on the 1s and 2s!

– Shey Rock
The Fuze Magazine

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