Q: Hello! Who are you? Tell us about yourself.
Peace! My name is TiDUS and I implement music to empower people on their journey to a higher existence.
Q: What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about learning, growing as a person, and using that growth to inspire people through my experiences!
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
I'm always creating or reading something, so the spare time is probably chewing on that or traveling!
Q: What is a typical day in the life of TiDUS?
Wake up. Meditate, work out, run, eat then hit the studio to make something fresh. Whenever I get to break form that I'll usually take a walk in the evening or drive somewhere new. See a view somewhere and catch the sunset. Come back home and tinker with music again before I read something then rest! I spend a lot of time alone!
Q: How has the Coronavirus Pandemic affected your creative process?
I view the pandemic as a universal call to action, so I asked myself. How can I expand my activities to add value to the world conversation? The human conversation in a positive, uplifting tone? The music hasn't changed, it's what I've always been on and divine timing for these dire times. More so I began to meditate on how I can communicate in other ways with the people to help them get through. This also provoked me to go more in-depth on expanding what I can do to strengthen my inner, so I picked up yoga!
Q: How did you get started in music?
The making of music was introduced to me as a teenager by a cousin of mine, peace Randy! He came over one day with a burned disc with "Fruity Loops Studio 4" on it. I had no idea what that was but he said we can make beats with it. Popped it in the PC at the time and made all these terrible beats that barely made sense! From that point on though, that was it. I never stopped. We are both doing our thing now. Love you, bro!
Q: Did you always know you wanted to perform?
No. I always wanted to speak! Motivate and talk to a lot of people at once, never quite visualized myself as an entertainer, that always felt funny to me. Even though I don't identify with a religion, I treat the stage like I'm in a religious setting, a church, mosque, or whatever you want to call it. It feels like I'm channeling a higher power and at the same time doing my best to have that energy permeate the room! If the audience leaves the show feeling empowered, I did my part!
Q: List some of your major inspirations. How have they affected your sound?
Jay Z, Kanye, Fela Kuti, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley. Their impact on the world, in people's lives, they feel like family, I know I'm of that caliber. Seeing them in their element always reminded me of what I am.
Q: How do your spiritual beliefs play into your musicianship?
My spirituality, I'll say, drives the tone of my music. The energy itself, the feeling. Words come after. But the energy, the feeling, I just know it comes from somewhere else.
Q: You call your music "Higher-Self Music". What is it you hope your music communicates to listeners?
To go higher! See your power, learn it, and embrace it! Use it for good. We are eternal units of energy and vibration, forever undulating in rhythm and flow. These bodies are who we forget and think we are but nah! We are much greater and I work to remind the everyday human of that. Imagine a world where status, ego, outside beauty, money, were all inferior to the frequency we vibrated on?? There would be no fighting, hate, ridicule, and war. We would all be peacefully working together to further along civilizations as HUMANS!! That's true evolution.
Q: Tell us about your single, "Not Sorry"
"Not Sorry" is about being unapologetic towards accomplishing what you set out to accomplish. Some will cheer you on, as we should, others will try to bring you down because they are fearful that they cannot do the same thing. That's heavy! We don't have time to feel sorry for how someone else feels about your own success though! Celebrate yourself and go get it. Life is meant to be abundant!
Q: Your song was featured in the film Canal Street starring Bryshere Gray (Empire) and Mekhi Phifer. For the independent musicians, what was that process like (getting your song featured in the film)?
One of the producers of the film reached out one day, it was out of the blue but that is how blessings come! Thank you, Amir, for the opportunity! We started going back and forth, realizing our wavelengths on good vibes and purpose were synonymous! So Amir brought me in and I got to get a glimpse of the basis of the film, characters, and message, from there I was able to create the song which was written through the character that Bryshere played! The process was fun, I've always desired to score a film so that moment was confirmation of a step closer to that!
Q: Being an independent artist is no easy journey. Are you involved in other ventures to supplement your income while pursuing a career in music?
Absolutely involved in other things, I run and operate a lifestyle apparel company called "HYER PWERS". I also dabble in cryptocurrency a bit among other investing avenues. That's my nature though. Within music, there are many ways to supplement if you have the drive. You have songwriting, brand partnerships, producing for other artists, getting your music synced to television or film, many artists are getting creative by just monetizing their personality. Nowadays it's about connecting with your friends, I don't like to say fans. They are my friends, its a community.
Q: If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive), what would be your dream collaboration?
Jimi Hendrix, Sade, Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), 'Ye probably but on my terms haha. At one point I was communicating with David Bowie's career-long producer, Tony Visconti. That would've been really cool.
Q: With the digital age of delivering music straight to consumer, and ease of ability to make and put out records; how did you go about carving out your own lane and standing out in what many consider to be an oversaturated industry?
Just being myself, I always felt different. I always felt in some way like I was an outsider, on many levels, not just music. Over time, through experience, I've learned and am still learning to embrace that. Never 'tried' to be different. Just being myself always worked out for me.
Q: Where do you do your best creative work?
Alone. In complete solitude lol. Literally no one around me doesn't matter where I am. NY studio, hotel rooms in Vegas, close to the beach, or a mountain top in the middle of wherever! I just have to be alone and my best work comes out.
Q: How does your environment impact or hinder your creative ability?
If I'm alone, the environment could never hinder me, the sounds may change but I'm never hindered. Only if there are people around me lol. It's spiritual, tough to put a finger on why that is, but that's just how it is.
Q: What is your experience in social justice and activism?
I've been through everything socially unjust this country designed the African-American male to go through. Everything. That alone coats me with rawness, I've seen the bottom, I've been to the bottom with the bottom dwellers. I've also been on the penthouse rooftops. So I know what's right and what's wrong on a much much deeper level. Materially, emotionally, AND spiritually. With that said having such a strong moral code, there are things that I just won't stand for, or let ride. That doesn't mean that I'll go out and march or protest. That's antiquated in my beliefs. My activism is in the spiritual realm because that's what influences this realm. There is a war happening, beyond what our physical eyes see. I have to see it with the 3rd one.
Q: Are you a part of any groups or communities you'd like to mention?
Starting my own! In the works!
Q: What's next for you? Any new projects?
Chapter 4 is on its way, called 'ONCE YOU BELIEVE IN YOURSELF'. The people are going to hold this one close, I'm bringing balance!
Q: When I listen to your songs, it seems as if you don't make music just to make it. It seems like your music is purpose-driven. Would I be correct in saying that, and if so, why is that so important to you?
Absolutely, 100%. What is life without purpose? Where is the future of our world going without Men and Women with purpose?
Q: What does your process look like when creating a song?
The music always comes first, the chords, melody, etc. Then that tells me what the feeling is. I start feeling it and humming singing sounds that make no sense until the feeling is there. Words come after, the vibration, that passion, the uplifting intent comes from the feeling. The words just identify to your conscious mind what it is your feeling. The soul feels first though! All soul!!
Q: What are your thoughts on the current state of music today?
The state of music is in jeopardy if we continue to let the hands with ill intent dictate whatʼs good. Itʼs all expression, and I respect that. However, people are being force-fed music that is ultimately not beneficial to their lives. And the labels say thatʼs a go with this so the artists continue to make it. Slave shit. It just perpetuates self-destructive ideas, disguised as fun or lit or whatever. When ultimately, it's implanting in the minds of the youth, values that wonʼt bring our world to a higher state. Bec1use the state of music has a DIRECT correlation to the state of the world, the universe. Listen to the radio, or whatever Spotify is being forced to playlist. That's not the vibe and I'll say it again and again. The state of music NEEDS BALANCE, the world NEEDS BALANCE.
Q: What advice would you give any up and coming musicians that are striving to do what you do?
Believe in yourself, you literally have the power within you to make a change, make an impact. Just believe in yourself wholeheartedly and never ever, no matter what, lose faith in your ability. I'm counting on you to continue this!
Q: Was being an independent artist a conscious decision?
Yes. I've always had a problem with terrestrial authority. How can another human dictate what my soul authentically is here to do? That's weird. I'll retain 100% of my soul and intellectual property. Thank you very much!
Q: What are your thoughts on signing to a label and would you ever do it?
At the end of the day, a label is run bu human beings with their own emotions, attachments, conditions, and beliefs. I would have to trust them vibrationally, and it be on my own terms. Period.