Hi Ty, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi! Thanks for having me 🙂 I’m great thank you! A lot of exciting things are going on.
Can you talk to us more about your song “Closing In”?
Totally, this is a song that I wrote with a good friend of mine, Dia Frampton. We’ve known each other for years and she has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard. When we wrote this song we were both battling each other (in a fun way) of what the lyrics should be. I had to really convince here on the line ‘While I can get into your bed but I can’t read what’s in your head’… At first that lyric didn’t sit well with her but eventually she called me and said “I LOVE IT” haha… It’s always interesting what comes out of a writing session. The song started on piano, then I spent a long time on the production to give it a really original vibe. After that I worked with 2 X GRAMMY award winning composer to blend it with an entire orchestra. All in all it’s probably one of my favourite songs I’ve ever made.
Did any event inspire you to write this song?
Usually every song I make is inspired by a true story – in this instance I think the lyrical concept was blend of what both Dia was thinking and what I had going on in my mind. I think the record came out as two stories smashed into one.
Any plans to release a video for the track?
There’s actually a really beautiful lyric video online already 🙂
The single comes off your new album Collide – what’s the story behind the title?
It’s an album that smashes different worlds together, classical (an entire orchestra) and electronic music. Put simply, a ‘Collision’ of polar opposite styles of music.
How was the recording and writing process?
A HUGE task, but extremely fun. The writing process started 3 years ago! I usually spend a long time writing hundreds of songs on just piano with a variety of bands / artists. Eventually when it feels right I decide on the final songs for an album, after that I was onto the production. That was nearly another year of getting it right, also switching out lyrics here and there, replacing vocalists and constantly tweaking the ‘genre’ and details in each production. From there I took the music and my rough orchestral ideas to Christopher Tin so we could work on the orchestra, together Chris and I spent most of 2017 on just the orchestral sections alone. All in all, a very long but challenging and exciting process.
What was it like to work with Christopher Tin and how did that relationship develop?
I met Christopher Tin through Warner Brothers music, I heard some of his work and immediately thought “This is the guy who can help me make it happen!”. So we took a meeting in Beverly Hills and during our chat discovered we had a mutual friend, BT. It turns out I had produced quite a few songs with BT and Chris had orchestrated his Electronic Opus album. From there it was just about starting one song, then finding out how we could work the best together. We spent all of 2017 finishing the orchestration and mixing it with the pre-made dance songs that I had been working on for the 2 years prior. So everything just fell into place!
How much did he influence the album?
Chris completely changed the album with his unique style of knowledge of classical music. I always sent him orchestral parts that I thought were great, but then he’d go and recompose it all to make it exceptional. Honestly, this album would not be the way it is now without Christoper Tin.
Having a filmmaker co-producing the album – can we expect this to be somewhat cinematic?
Absolutely! The best way to describe this album is electronic music meets an epic movie score, there’s nothing like it.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Always from life experiences, good times, heartbreak, stories I’m told… Anything can influence my writing. Nothing on this album is fictional, every song has personal meaning to me.
Any plans to hit the road?
Potentially with an orchestra 😉 I have more info on that soon 😉
What else is happening next in tyDi´s world?
Currently I’m scoring two films, one is a dark comedy and the other is a horror feature! I think the whole ‘COLLIDE’ thing has gotten me excited about working on movies now.
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