Cody Tyler has something to say. He is a musical artist who has real life experience he shares with his fans and the public. Cody Tyler is an open and original rapper that listeners easily bond and relate to. His new single MLK is a powerful composition. The Miami Florida rapper is not short on words, and has found his stride in the new rap track that is delighting fans.
Cody has a big vision and is an entrepreneur who recently imprinted his indie entertainment label “Purpleandstars Entertainment”. The name stems from the idea of chasing a dream and making a difference in the world while doing so. Cody Tyler’s new single “MLK” is featuring Miami based singer “Maor” and produced by Johnny Juliano, and will be on his upcoming studio debut, which is called “Vessel of Sacrifice”. Here is an exclusive interview with the artist.
1. How long have you been in the music game and how did you get started in the first place?
Cody Tyler: Well… I would say a good two and a half years I’ve been “in” . I got started in the most unlikely place you would think. I started writing music in the mental hospital.. Yeah I know.. your goin.. really? I had come back to florida from being in California in an acting academy and had a plethora of personal issues to being bakeracted in the mental hospital. During that time I had so much time to think because there everything was scheduled and I had discovered my heart and what I loved to do and a way to combat my personal challenges.
2. Who were your first musical influences that you can remember?
Cody Tyler: LOL… woww.. I remember my grandmother singing in the choir in church and then every holiday season her teaching me and my brothers the temptations “rudolph the red nose reindeer” and singing every word smiling saying “sing yall”. Also my mom always playing Journey’s “ love will find you” and me hearing the very beginning and going “ohh man” and hearing and seeing “wilson phillip’s” “hold on” all the time. And then as I got older my uncles playing “run dmc” every day (literally) and my dad playing “ll cool j and michael Jackson in his cadilllac saying “this music here boy” lol. Michael jackson was my favorite I watched every concert and listened to every song.
3. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?
Cody Tyler: Right now Kid Cudi, Nipsey hussle and Kanye west. I like Travis scott a little as well and always have 2pac in the mix. I would love and its my dream to work with Kid Cudi!! I remember hearing “soundtrack to my life” and breaking down because I had such a connection with it. I was blown away by his individuality and artistry. Kanye and travis scott as well because of there production value and sound.
4. Old school Rap or the new Urban-Styled Hiphop sound, which do you prefer?
Cody Tyler: Well I would say both because old school is going to give you real lyrics and not lyrics based on a trend in the industry, Then the new “hiphop” sound because it will give a new production value and a sound you can take and make your own.
5. Have you suffered any ‘resistance’ or skepticism from within the industry, or from other artists? And do you pay any attention to haters?
Cody Tyler: I have experienced the resistance in the sense that people expect every person in this genre of music to have the same approach and then they see that you dont and shy away or don’t understand where your coming from. I had a guy who wanted to manage me and told me to do more r&b music and with other r&b artists and I would breakout overseas and I’m thinking “well hell..that’s not me”. I was told on twitter from certain r&b singers manager’s that I was too much like kanye west and I even move like him and I need to find my own voice. I’m thinking “seriously”… and haters you cant help but notice them because they make themselves known. But you have to learn your not going to please everyone and keep your tunnel vision, which I’m working on everyday.
6. Studio work or performing live, which of these do you prefer most and why?
Cody Tyler: Performing live because the studio you can always go to any day but to be in front of a crowd of people and share your ability in every moment is something you can’t get back and I yearn to do that. I’m working really hard to get the performance avenue in order.
7. Tell us something about the beats and music production on your releases. Who does them and do you work with other producers?
Cody Tyler: I absolutely love the production of my projects. Each beat is one I connected with on a personal level of emotion. The producers range from beastmode to johnny juliano to pulse and tempo etc whom produced for soulja boy on life after fame. I try to get myself out to all soundclicks and work with the guys or groups as much as I can as were all trying to get somewhere and I believe in my ability.
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8. On which of your songs do you think you delivered your personal best performance so far, from an emotional and technical point of view?
Cody Tyler: (sigh) I think all my songs have unique qualities but If I were to choose from any of them on my project I would choose “ To the top” because I wrote in a 3rd person point of view so you put yourself in the shoes asap you don’t have to wait to listen for the full verse.
9. Which ingredient do you think makes you special and unique as a performing artist?
Cody Tyler: The ingredient is me… I think that my heart somehow is the key to everything. I know you may read this and think “I don’t get it” but if you really read it and feel it you will see.
10. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to stay in this tough business. Is it joy, anger, desire, passion or pride and why?
Cody Tyler: The one single emotion is desire I can always refer to it and its just in my heart when I wake up and when I go to sleep. Its one of the ingredients in my subconscious.
11. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?
Cody Tyler: The one that excites me is the fact that whether not I do or don’t is on me and that everything depends on my energy. The aspect that is most discouraging is the concept of “what if”. You go about everyday with “what if’s” like if one thing doesn’t happen to the next. It can be pretty frustrating because it causes you to go mad if your not constantly focused or working. At least for me anyway lol.
12. Tell us something about your songwriting process. What usually comes first the lyrics or the beats?
Cody Tyler: The beats because from a beat I can grab a melody or a formula for my writing and from there comes the lyrics. I can spend a day or a week just singing hooks and I think its cool because I have so much material. I remember I had heard Wiz Khalifa’s “bluffin” beat produced by “drumma boy”, and felt so much emotion and after work I got on the bus and looked up the instrumental, and listened all the way home reciting hooks to myself and writing loose lyrics.
13. How involved are you in any or all of the recording, producing, mastering, and marketing processes of your music. Do you outsource any of these processes?
Cody Tyler: I am involved in all of my recording processes and marketing is all me as well. Basically I am 100 percent immersed in every process that has to do with me as a whole. Until I have the right situation with management its all 100 percent me.
14. The best piece of advice in this business you actually followed so far, and one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
Cody Tyler: well the best piece of advice I followed is something that dates back to 2005 when I was in college and was cool with Daddy Yankee and he told me this in the “le’fauborg” in the Grand doubletree Hotel here in Miami. We were all having lunch and clowning and at the time I was not pursuing entertainment or hadn’t had the urge too but I was mocking his buddy like talking like him and standing like him and he said too me “hey man listen what ever you do be you never stop being who you are .. don’t let nobody tell you to be this way or shit be you man for real you a good lil dude”. That moment I will never forget because in school especially high school I wasn’t accepted and to have someone of his caliber always have me around meant a lot at 19 years old. As far as not following I listened to what someone said and thought they could do this and that without feeling them out just because i was in a place of desperation and did not have enough knowledge and things turned out bad and I was let down. Always listen to yourself and own knowledge first.
15. At this point, as an independent artist, which is the one factor you desire most, and feel will undeniably benefit the your future (for example increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, bigger live gigs etc…)?
Cody Tyler: I think more media exposure and bigger live gigs because everything comes to a certain hurdle that you have to jump across and mine I feel is management or a booking agent for live gigs and media exposure. I think with those exposures things can speed up rather quickly.
16. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites, as fundamental to your career, and indie music in general, or do you think it has only produced a mass of mediocre “copy-and-paste” artists, who flood the web, making it difficult for real talent to emerge?
Cody Tyler: I think for myself they have made everything for me because I don’t have shows right now. So by me being resourceful with 4 different people 3 online and my best friend Erix mercedes who shot “mine” and then me just being obsessive I have stayed above water substantially. I think in the end real talent will emerge because listening to the quality of music made and style seen can say everything.
17. Tell us all about purpleandstars entertainment and the distribution deal you secured?
Cody Tyler: Purpleandstars Entertainment is the entertainment label I put down on paper and cemented legally this year. It encompasses all things in the entertainment realm. I came up with the idea in the mental hospital lol. Its finally legal to me when I got the paperwork saying it I was like wow because I came from the hospital to here saying everything fell into place. Through Purpleandstars I have created a niche of my own style and I had been searching all year to find a way to get myself everywhere I could and VEVO was the first place and I was saying if I have enough work to show I can do something and over time I can get someone to approve something. So I sent emails everywhere and got 101 distribution . After a screening process to tentatively ok for physical distribution to physical locations next year. I got an agreement as well for all digital stores and pandora as well at a fixed rate.
18. What’s the inside story with your upcoming worldwide single release “mlk”?
Cody Tyler: I had written “mlk” over a year ago with about like 5 or 6 dollars in my pocket and just thought about my life and thought about what I wanted for myself and for everyone who listened to me and just wrote. I had written the hook first and was like man I know if I can get someone to really sing the hook I could have something. And then a day later I wrote the verses and knew that this song had the potential to do something. I met a good guy at my job who sang named Maor Mo and he saw my first video I had done “all of the lights remix” and was like yo man i see you bro let me know if you want to do anything” And after another year full of life and just working hard here I am. “ Mlk” releases on NOV 5th 2013 to All digital stores with physical placement 2014.
19. What do you think is the biggest barrier you have to face and overcome as an indie artist and performer, in your quest to achieve your goals and wider spread success?
Cody Tyler: I think just getting people not to compare me to others or put me in certain class with others because I believe I am in my own class. I think getting over the hurdle is the most challenging as an indie artist and getting managers who are solely interested in you as an artist and not the money.
20. What is the ONE thing you are NOT willing or prepared to do EVER, in your quest to achieve a successful musical career?
Cody Tyler: I am not prepared sacrifice anything else because making something a business as one person is a sacrifice of personal life in general and nothing else matters because your time is filled. The only other thing is my intellectual property which wont happen.
21. Can you tell us about any new projects or ideas you will be working on in the near future? And do you have any shoutouts?
Cody Tyler: The Video for “MLK” feat Maor is done. I just saw it today and will be debuting online on Nov 1st! The full debut album is next up coming 2014. And the single “mlk” nov 5th 2013 available everywhere!! I have shoutouts first to GOD for all strength and availability in my life. To my parents and my brothers for support in my life. To Erix mercedes who from day 1 that I came to Miami was like alright im ridin wit it… Thank you bro. And to Jordan for always being here as well. Also to my partners at “Original generation Clothing “ Thank you for believing and your kind words and supporting me!! Last I just want to say to everyone who has seen me and supported where ever you are… I AM YOU AND YOU ARE ME… WE ARE CHASING A DREAM TOGETHER . PURPLEANDSTARS!!!!!!
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