R & B newcomer, Tydis may be a new kid on the block, but there is no doubt he’ll be around for a while. The 20 year-old cutie is signed to Jive Records via Trak Starz, one of the hottest production teams out of St. Louis.
Currently, Tydis is heating up the internet with his new single, “Make Me Say”. The upbeat tempo has more then 26 million plays and that’s only counting his Myspace page. The St. Louis native is ready to take over the charts with is unique vocal skills and one of a kind sound. The ‘can’t stop, won’t stop’ anthem should be applied to this talented singer, songwriter, designer, and actor. We had a chance to speak with Tydis regarding his new single, his love life, and a lot more.
Parlé: It’s my pleasure to talk to you.
Tydis: Thanks for having me.
Parlé: How does it feel to have people contacting you to do an interview?
Tydis: I feel good about that because I get to express who I am. I want people to know me and to see that I am a down to earth person.
Parlé: Do you feel like a celebrity?
Tydis: I mean, I feel like yes, but I am a normal person.
Parlé: How long have you been performing?
Tydis: I’ve been performing since I was 15, so it’s been a long time.
Parlé: Where did you grow up?
Tydis: I grew up in St. Louis. It wasn’t a good area I was around some of the worst people, but I was only in that crowd for a season. It wasn’t who I wanted to be as I got older I realized that. Now I go to schools to speak to kids and I inspire them. It’s a big world, it’s not about chasing a dollar. Life is not about trying to fit in that isn’t cool. It’s cool to be outside the crowd.
Parlé: How were you discovered?
Tydis: I was doing shows in St Louis. I met MeMpHiTz from the Hitz Committee when I was 18 at a video shoot and I gave him my music. He contacted his people, they played one of my songs and the next thing I know I’m on a flight to New York and dancing on the table.
Parlé: You are a performer and songwriter, correct?
Tydis: Yes, I’m also really deep into fashion. I am starting a line. I want my line to be like Tommy Hilfiger or Gucci. I want to have everything. I’m going to call it Titus. I am an actor too, I love to act. I really started off as an actor, I was in a lot of school plays. I want to be the next Will Smith, Denzel Washington, or Tom Cruise.
Parlé: Which do you like to do more perform or write songs?
Tydis: I love to write, love to create music, I also love to perform because I get a chance to see people, its a wonderful thing. So I can’t choose one I love them both.
Parlé: Do you write most of your songs or do you have co-writers that help out?
Tydis: I write all of my music, but I don’t mind working with other writers. I feel like my music brings a different sound you have to play something different on the radio. No one is an artist anymore. You can’t pick one artist—well Lil’ Wayne is a great artist he understands who he is. Michael Jackson was a great artist, that’s why people walk around dressing like him. I am a true artist because I bring the music, the image, and character.
Parlé: Have you written songs for other artists in the music industry, if so who and what is the title?
Tydis: I’m preparing songs for other artists but I’m not going to say any names. I want it to be a surprise.
Parlé: If you could write a song for anyone who would it be?
Tydis: I would love to write for Lady Gaga that’s an artist to me. She is the new Madonna. She is very inspirational.
Parlé: Are you currently working on your album? If so, when is the release date?
Tydis: Yes, I stay in the studio. I’m still writing my album there is never a point where I stop write. I’m putting out singles all the time, but my album may be late 2011.
Parlé: Are the ladies your target market or do you feel you have something for everyone?
Tydis: Of course my target market is ladies, but my music is for everyone.
Parlé: Have you worked with any high profile artists?
Tydis: I’ve worked with so many I don’t want to forget anyone. I’ve worked with New Boyz, Chingy, Ludacris, Nelly. I don’t want to leave anyone out sorry if I didn’t mention a name.
Parlé: Who would you like to work with in the future?
Tydis: I would love to work with the Fu Fighters. Other artists, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. I like Rihanna’s image, I’ve been following them for years. I am also a fan of Tydis. I set trends I follow myself I respect all of the artists, but what I have to bring is different.