DJ, Rapper, Fan of Sushi And Twerking Tye Dye Rhymes has made a name for himself in Charleston, Spinning at places like King Dusko for their Silent Disco Under The Stars Lazer Light Show, Opening for SpaceGhostPurp at The Music Farm, Broadway at The Beach’s Outdoor venue for Summer Jam, and Opening for Waka Flocka, Ke$ha and Most Recently Wale at The House Of Blues in Myrtle Beach where he’s from.
Tyler Davidson is getting ready to release The Most Likely To Be Famous EP October 29th!!!! Features include Yo Gotti, Ben G, and others. a Production from Migrayne Boy. With Hits like Rage Out & Loud and Proud it wont be long before Tye Dye Rhymes Hits #1 on the charts. Some Critics might compare his sound to such artist like Mac Miller, Eminem or even go as far as to comparing him to Macklemore, …Comparing his djing abilities to “Masters” like Avicii and David Guetta some would argue is a close race! , But theres NO Sense Trying!, He’s Young, Fresh, Hip and has a Style and Sound unlike any Artist rapping or djing TODAY … and HE DOES THEM BOTH
WhereWeStandMagazine got an *Exclusive Interview* with the rapper and what he hopes to do next in his career
Interview With Rapper Tye Dye Rhymes
What’s your stage name?
Tye Dye Rhymes, but you may know me as one of my many different aliases
What’s the origin of that name?
I created Tye Dye as a spin off of my birth name, Tyler Davidson. I figured a lot of people would think I got the name from the pattern “Tie-Dye” so I thought into it and really liked the concept because every “Tie-Dye” pattern is unique and special in its own sense, just like me as an artist and performer, nobody else in the game is like me. I eventually added “Rhymes” to the end of my name to add character and also help me out in Google Search optimization. It was really lame for a while cause every time people would look me up it would always come up as “HOW TO MAKE A TIE DYE SHIRT!!!” That has all changed now 🙂
Have you changed yours name before?
Yes, Like 10 times. But I always go back to Tye Dye.
Are you originally from Charleston?
No, I am originally from Myrtle Beach (DIRTY MYRTLE!) but I have pretty much adopted Charleston as new home 🙂 I love it here. The culture is rich and the women are beautiful.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
I personally do not limit myself to one genre, never have. I love all kinds of music even country and opera. My goal every time I write a song is to surprise people so I tend to switch it up quite a lot.
When I was first beginning to rap I listened to a LOT of Lil Wayne. He was in his prime and I literally studied his rhyme scheme every night for about 2 years. I also am told I resemble Mac Miller a lot which I respect but despise at the same time. Like Im pretty sure Mac Miller hated it when he was being compared to Eminem or Asher Roth when he was blowing up. EDM and DJing wise I take a lot of influence from Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Tiesto, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis, RL Grime, DJ Snake, I mean I could go on all night.
When did you form your band? & what inspired you to make music and start song writing /rapper/DJ?
I formed my first band in 2010 as The Technicolor Void with friend Will Misdom who is now in Cali. We had a good run and even opened up for Ke$ha at the House of Blues at one point. After that we kind of went our separate ways to pursue solo careers. Thats when I started to really build up a hip-hop movement in Myrtle Beach during my later high school years. When I moved to college I began to see a bigger DJ scene and I decided to blend both the spoken word and emceeing with spinning tracks and playing club bangers that people are already familiar with.
Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
No record label. I am a member of Cistern Yard Radio at my school, College of Charleston, where I have my own radio show and mix up the latest EDM and hip-hop tunes live via TuneIn.com.
What can you tell me about your MIXING EQUIPMENT (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
Well I started out dual DJing with my friend Will Misdom who used the NS7 so I learned a lot about the Native Instrument design and set up through that. Then I started investing in my own controllers which were all crappy until I finally saved up enough money to invest in my Traktor Kontrol S2 which I use today. It basically does everything I need and more at the point at Im at right now.
Where have you performed?
Rapping wise ive had shows at the House of Blues 3 times opening for Ke$ha, Wale, and Waka Flocka. The Music Farm opening for SpaceGhostPurrp. Broadway at the Beach’s outdoor venue for Summer Jam. DJing wise ive performed at Senor Frogs, Party busses, Omalleys, Boones, King Dusko Silent Disco. Etc etc etc.
What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
Ive defnitely performed at some hole in the wall venues before but honestly that is where some of the best audiences are. You get a chance to get more intimate with the crowd instead of seeing a bunch of specks through the brightness of a million watts worth of lights haha.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yes I will be DJing and performing at the Lazer Glow Music Fest in Charleston November 9th at the Dorchester Shrine Club.
Which songs do you perform most frequently?
Well it is kind of imperative I perform my hits but I always like to surprise the crowd with some rarities 😉
Do you prefer to perform live or have some pre recorded options available?
It all depends on the size of the concert and how much preparation I have.
Do you ever play any covers? & Do you have a set play list?
Not normally but that doesn’t mean I never will. I have a few set songs but it’s never all the way set in stone.
You have to eat lots of Ramen Noodles, party nightly, and lose a lot of sleep. After you have those down you can then pull your crazy experiences from that lifestyle and convert them into sounds people like and want to hear.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Rehearsals are whack but practice makes perfect so it’s always good to at least take 30 minutes before a show to look over your set list or get your songs set up according to how long your set is, crowd type, etc.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music
I Gained a lot of experience and learned that its more about what the people want to hear than what I want to hear.
What has been your biggest challenge as a song writer/DJ? Have you been able to overcome that challenge?
Definitely just trying to gain peoples respect as the best. This industry is so bloated with talent its really hard to tell who is really about their craft and who is in it just for the benefits.
What’s your ultimate direction AS A DJ? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
My ultimate aim is to perform for thousands of people a night and be considered as one of the best to do it when my time on Earth is up. I want to make people happy through my music. When I drop a beat and the crowd goes nuts, there’s no other feeling on Earth that gives me that amount of joy. Fortune and fame would be nice to an extent but I know there are a lot of downsides to both. Im truly not it in this for material benefits Im in this to change the world and give people an escape.
Watch as many YouTube videos as you can and don’t get frustrated to quick because it is a hard learning curve at first. Make some friends with other DJs who can help you learn. That’s the best advice I can give.
When is your album releasing?
Hopefully on my birthday October 29th!!! So that way people can give me the best birthday present possible by downloading my EP 🙂
Who are some of the artist you’ve work with/collaborated with?
Will Misdom, Nicholas Sedota (Migrayne Boy), Pockey Love, a lot of cats’ haha.
Do they influence your music?
Absolutely. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember my roots.
How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
Although my parents may not always like the content of my music they have always been supportive and loving. I cannot thank them enough. Also to all of my homies and home girls who have stuck by me from the start! You know who you are 🙂
Any last words?
The Most Likely To Be Famous EP will be dropping October 29th!!!! Features include Yo Gotti, Ben G, and others. Production from Migrayne Boy.
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