We Feature Neo-Soul Artist Tey Yaniis on Dubb Spot Records.
Tey Yaniis is an artist involved in the neo-soul movement.
Take a few minutes to read up on the interview we held with this talented neo-soul artist today.
DSR: How old were you when you developed an interest in music?
Tey: I believe I was around 10 or 11 years old…. Yeah a real young age man!
DSR: What was your earliest musical memory? What formed your love of music in your head?
Tey: My earliest memory of music was when I joined my elementary orchestra. I formed the love of music when I used to get in tune with the music like an addiction I wanted to know as much as possible about everything and then it just grew from music instruments, to rhyming over track from there.
DSR: Let’s get to know a little more about you and how you grew up. What was it like in your hometown? What kind of kid were you?
Tey: Um well I grew up in a single parent household it was just me and my moms. I’m from the south section of Dallas (south Dallas) I mean my neighborhood was filled with different things you normally hear about in in a poverty neighborhood you know but I saw things differently the neighborhood was and still is beautiful you know! I was a good kid man I was just always into music, writing, and learning so I didn’t really participate in a lot of nonsense because I always dream of becoming an artist. I was cool with everybody though hahahah!!
DSR: So let’s talk about your neo-soul music. How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard it before?
Tey: Well I would say that my music is spiritual soul music man! Hip-hop mixed with neo-soul, live elements in the music. From the lyricism aspect of the records its very positive, conscious, uplifting music. I look at it like this when you experience my music it is very therapeutic for the mind, body and soul.
DSR: What is the significance of your name?
Tey: My name represents my two sons. My first son is name Taylor and I grab the first part of his name because my children represents the yanis which means god is gracious. So I added two I’s in my name to represent my two sons. So that’s how I came up with the name Tey Yaniis!
DSR: There’s a part of the industry that irks me the most, where great music gets overlooked because it doesn’t fit a mold. How frustrating is that for you, if people seem to think that you don’t have that sound for radio?
Tey: Well nothing irks me because I can only focus on my movement you know and that’s bringing uplifting music to the table. The only thing with me is that I like content that’s speaks to me when it comes down to lyrics. Yes the big machine will push specific type of records but really what it comes down to is just people supporting the cause, supporting good music so at the end of the day all imma say is we know it’s a number games so let’s let the numbers speak to the world so we can give a better push for encouraging, uplifting, authentic music.
DSR: What do you think needs to be brought to music in this decade and how do you plan to add to that?
Tey: Well through god’s grace we need to bring more records for healing showing our people there is a positive way of looking at life and what you have. I don’t want my people feeling like just because you don’t have what a big time neo-soul artist has doesn’t mean that you’re worthless you know. I just want people to enjoy life for what it is. My plan is to continue to push my music until the wheels fall off and pray that it reaches people. That’s all I can say man.
DSR: What do you think of neo-soul music that’s came out in the last decade?
Tey: Honestly man you have some music that were hidden gems man. Overall it was okay but honestly as a person I was in a different place with music a few years ago because I didn’t appreciate it but it’s was cool. I’m still stuck in the 90’s even though I was born in 86 lol!!!!!
DSR: How would you rate the neo-soul music that your music competes against in your local area?
Tey: Um can’t call right now man.. I don’t know too many neo-soul artist in my area which is a good thing Hashanah!! Naw I’m playing but I want to get to know more people in my area though honestly!!
DSR: Have you learned any lessons so far and if so, what are they?
Tey: Be yourself!! I used to be a people pleaser man. Trying to make the records that’s gonna make millions but it was a struggle trying to achieve that goal with everyone trying to fit through one door. I just decided to let it all go and just bring my personality and my faith towards my movement and I’ve been very blessed because now I’m meeting people who believe in my message.
DSR: Do you write all of your own material? And if so, are you working on any new projects or have any projects that you are promoting right now?
Tey: Yes lyrically I write my own material but as for production I’m working with some beautiful producers my boy Damani Rhodes he plays a lot of my music live he’s an incredible musician but we are wrapping up my new project called “That Soul Jonz” it’s gonna be my first ever complete extended play project! But right now I got my neo-soul single “coffee brown” out right now produced by my guy kreatev from Atlanta man!! So cop that now on itunes!!!
DSR: Where can the people find you performing or attend the events you are involved in?
Tey: Right now I’m just focused on my project “That Soul Jonz” we are setting up gigs for next year so ill def have listing where I will be for 2013! Follow me on twitter @tyrannies and stay tuned
DSR: Where can we find your neo-soul music online and offline?
Tey: Check me out on itunes, twitter @tyrannies, facebook @tyrannies and my website will be up soon as well!
DSR: We ask all Artists that we interview, what’s the best piece of advice that someone has ever given to you?
Tey: Relish everything that you have because it can be taken away from you at any minute. If you’re gonna do anything that has something to do with the public eye try to uplift the people!
DSR: Is there anything else that you would like to include in closing of this interview?
Tey: Thank you guys it was blessing to sit down with you guys for chat! Well just wanna give shoutouts to Young Dizzy, Damani Rhodes, Cal-E, Kahiel Valenti, Buddy Bangz of Rhythm Section ENT., and everyone who has played a part in putting together my neo-soul project! “That Soul Jonz” Coming March 2013!!!
We appreciate you Tey Yaniis for stopping throug Dubb Spot Records. It’s not every day we get the opportunity to interview a neo-soul artist.