Most casual fans of tyDi probably know of him through his unforgettable hit “Redefined.” If one digs deeper, they’ll find he is also the man behind the moniker “Wish I Was.” tyDi’s artistic abilities have no boundaries when it comes to his creations both as tyDi and Wish I was. If anyone was able to catch his set at Das Energi this past weekend, they’ll know that his stage presence is energetic, full of smiles, and crowd moving. tyDi took a few moments to talk with us about his musical style and his upcoming album, “Collide.” – Mariam Nikolova
EDM Utah: When did you start DJing and producing, and what or who were your early passions and influences?
tyDi: I started both producing and DJ’ing when I was 15, I was influenced by all the electronic music I was hearing from Europe, especially trance. Over the last 11 years I’ve been perfecting my music, I’m influenced by mostly life experiences.
EDM Utah: Currently what are your main challenges as a DJ? What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music, that makes it interesting for you?
tyDi: Well I’ve been DJ’ing around the world with almost 150 shows a year for the last 11 years, so that’s not really a ‘challenge’, it’s just good fun! The real challenge is being the best possible producer that I can be. I’ve released 5 albums and I’m about to release my 6th which is a combination of orchestral music and electronica. I’ve spent 3 years on it! The challenge is to create something that is timeless.
EDM Utah: What do you usually start with when preparing for a set?
tyDi: Good songs haha! I don’t ‘prepare’ my sets… That would not be DJ’ing. The whole point of DJ’ing is to read a crowd and carry them on a journey, you can’t do this if you prepare. Every time I DJ I will play different songs and mix them in different ways. I think that’s why it never gets boring for me.
EDM Utah: How important is building a real relationship with the music you’re playing for your own approach? There’s so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long-term relationships with a particular track or album?
tyDi: Absolutely, there certainly is a lot of music out there, but the vast majority of it is cheap and disposable. The key is to find the songs that really vibe with your taste, the ones that are timeless.
EDM Utah: You mentioned before that the way you write music is you start on guitar or piano. Is that still the case?
tyDi: Yes I usually still start on piano, the melody is the first part of the song that I write.
EDM Utah: Have you considered dabbling with other instruments as a starting point for writing, like say a cello or something?
tyDi: Absolutely – my album ‘ReDefined’ has live cellos, violas, violins, drums, guitars…. I recorded all of that. My upcoming album ‘Collide’ has an entire orchestra! I studied music and have a bachelor’s degree which has helped me appreciate the use of live instruments.
EDM Utah: You posted on Twitter that your new Album Collide “exposes much of [your] personal life.” From what I gather, will this be a sequence of stories to create one whole?
tyDi: Absolutely, it’s about the last 3 years of my life. Each song has a different story and the album as a whole takes you from start to finish.
EDM Utah: What inspired you to make an album filled entirely with orchestral elements and songwriting?
tyDi: Back when I finished my university degree in music I had always intended to make an album that had an entire orchestra, but I never really got around to it until now. It seems like a perfect time to do this as ‘EDM’ is becoming a thing of the past and real music with live instruments are starting to take the spotlight.
EDM Utah: Your approach to not caring about genres allows you the open and creative outlet you need as an artist. Do you think there are other artists that might be stuck in a genre, for whatever reason, in turn losing their self expression and creativity?
tyDi: If you listen to my music from day one until now, you’ll notice that I jumped through nearly every genre of electronic music, it keeps me feeling free. The whole point of being an artist is to express yourself, I couldn’t do that without constantly evolving. It’s a huge key to longevity.
EDM Utah: You have a very interactive personality with fans both during live performances as well as in person and on social media. It creates such a humbling and down to earth vibe. Do you feel like that intimate interaction goes hand in hand with being an artist and creating music?
tyDi: I don’t really know, I just am who I am. I love interacting with my fans and being real. It’s nothing I planned to do, it’s nice to know that my art is appreciated. Some artist rather some mystery, like Zhu or Marshmello. I just like to be myself.
EDM Utah: Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us!
tyDi: You are very welcome!