Your new single just missed out on the
Ty: "The truth of it is that people have got to buy the single in the first week. If people want me to really blow-up they need to be aggressive about it and buy the record and tell their friends to buy it. I wanna take this much further and you know what's going to happen if I get the chance. If we go on Top of the Pops with a live band, people are going to lose it! If we get on a national TV show people are going to really see what we've got!""
It's all going pretty well for you though.
Ty: "Right now this is the most recognized and honoured period of my career. People are really appreciating the work we've put together for the last project. I just feel revived spiritually and know that I can make certain decisions about what I want to say or do lyrically and musically. I'm not caught up in trying to be the best
Watching you jump around onstage just now, you were clearly enjoying yourself. Your dancing style even reminded me a bit of the MC hammer heyday (but without the trousers)...
Ty: "I'm feeling that. The way we're communicating is about enjoyment and I want everyone off-stage to be enjoying it. I can't be false about it. I'm not here to make people feel sad or tell people that I'm the best. I'm here to help people to enjoy themselves and if you happen to check I've got skills then that's great. If you don't think that then it's still great that you came to the concert and at least you listened."
Where did you meet the rest of the band?
Ty: "A lot of the relationships I have with the musicians have evolved. It wasn't hard to put together a team, but what was hard was to let it grow and develop. Some of the people are on the album and some I've been doing shows with for years. We're all aware of how each other work and there is a vibrant scene of live music. The show feels really comfortable now, it feels like I don't even have to open my eyes to do it any more."
Do you know much about
Ty: "I know a couple of people on the
From what I understand, you're well into your spoken word as well. What drew you to that scene?
Ty: "I'm feeling spoken word because it's just people being real. Even rappers are not always being real these days. When someone raps I don't necessarily think they're really telling you what they think. I think they're telling you what they want you to think they think. Sometimes spoken word can just have someone reiterate what they're feeling and do it cleverly and have a lot more freedom because you don't have to follow the rhythm. But I'm a hiphop artist, I think hiphop is still alive and I think that we just need to focus, or shift focus onto those people that are keeping it real."
What was it like working with Roots Manuva?
Ty: "Working with Roots was a blast. He's out and out genius and people need to know that. I think he's got a lot of pressure on his shoulders, not necessarily for the new album, but in general. He moved it around for UK hiphop and made everyone take notice. He handles it well though and just does what he's doing."
Anybody else around that you'd like to record a track with?
Ty: "I'd like to work with people like the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder and Talib Kwali. There are plenty of artists in the UK that I want to work with as well, like Omar, Martina Arnold, Soul 2 Soul. I don't like fake collaborations. I always want to make something special that will stand the test of time.
"I'd like to work with Amy Winehouse. She called me last night and told me she was performing in
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