First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name’s Tyler Coolidge. I’m a regular (& weird) kid from the bay area in California. I make hip hop & r&b music.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
One color? That’s really tough….. I think I’d have to say blue though. Blue’s often associated with sadness, but I don’t see it like that. I just see blue as smooth, chill, and either intense or just soothing depending on the shade of blue. Good question.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
The biggest struggle I have while creating is probably finding production. I’m just super picky when it comes to beats, and ones I feel compelled to use don’t come around too often. I think I’m always as good as the beat is, and if the beat is trash, so am I usually, when I try to do something with it.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Either some kind of massive fundraiser for animals, like a dog shelter or endangered species conservation and such, or some kind of make-out festival. In the rain. And everyone would be making out and groping each other to my performance-I think that’d be sweet.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
An easy answer is reaching 400,000 streams on Spotify on one of my songs, “Favourite Sound”. A deeper answer would probably just be continuing to further my sound, and build a catalog of music that I felt truly comfortable releasing and performing, which is what I feel like I’m doing with the album I’m working on.
What inspired you to start making music?
All the artists I was listening to in high school inspired me to start rapping. Jeezy, Kanye, T.I., Drake, Gucci, Joe Budden, Wale & J. Cole. then later on, people like T-pain and The Dream inspired me to start trying to sing on tracks too.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Aaliyah. That’s a no brainer. And if she only had one for song, I’d make it “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number”. Easy.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
My dad, probably. He’s a really hard worker, and he’s earned all the good things he’s had in his life. I’ve learned a lot from him, both by observing him and talking to him.
What’s your favorite book?
EASY. Harry Potter. I’m a HUGE Harry Potter nerd. Almost everyone that knows me, even kind of knows me, knows that. If you made me pick one of the books to crown as my favorite, I’d say Goblet of Fire. For now.
What do you like to do other than music?
Video games, watch and play basketball, do things with my friends family and shorty, hang with my kitten, cook stuff, buy clothes, go to museums, etc. I like a lot of stuff.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Yikes…..really tough. It changes a lot. But The Dream and Drake are probably tied. Kanye’s close, Sade’s close, Aaliyah’s really close. Please don’t ask me that again, I have a headache now.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Make music mostly for you. Not to please any kind of audience or try to hop on a popular style or trend in music, just sit down with the music and ask yourself, “What do I wanna hear?”
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
You can follow Tyler Coolidge on Instagram at @tylercoolidge. Be sure to check him out on Spotify.