Tyler B 14/05/2018
Our next podcast instalment comes from the up and coming Grime DJ and producer, Tyler B.
With a few weeks break from our ongoing podcast series we’re now back in business with our next instalment courtesy of the London based Grime DJ, Tyler Bailey. Although he currently doesn’t have his own ‘official’ radio show, Tyler B has previously featured as a guest with the likes of Sub FM, 1BTN & Radar Radio.
First of all give us some background about how you originally got involved with the whole scene?
Well for me personally, it has never been about being apart of a scene, the music and the sound have always come first. As far as a background goes, I’ve been a Grime fan from around 2007 up until present day. Growing up not far outside of London allowed the music to spread quite quickly and this was in the era of sharing music over Bluetooth so you only really had access to what other people had around you, which happened to be a lot of Grime.
I started trying to mix nearly two years ago now, my mates at uni had decks and everyone would jump on and mess about after a few drinks. I had a good collection of music, both vocal and instrumental so I would find myself always carrying a USB around in the hope of jumping on the decks again. I got so into it, to the point that I was going over there place just to mix. After about six months of that I bought my own setup, nothing special but it allowed me to practice more. Got to give credit to my guy Wilf Hertz who really helped me learn the fundamentals and he called in a favour to get me my first set which was a Facebook live stream set on a platform called The Goatshed.
What’s been going down so far this year for Tyler B?
I have been trying to up my work rate this year, I have had guest mixes on various radio shows and mixes out on different platforms. One thing I have found difficult is balancing a full time job and music, but so far it has been just about manageable. An important mix for me this year was Kenyon Sound 004. As a platform I really respect the fact they are helping lesser known DJ’s and producers and since my mix came out in February I have been working with Kenyon Sound to come up with new concepts and find new talent to work with the platform.
What gigs or radio shows can we catch you at in 2018?
As I mentioned briefly before, I have been working with Kenyon Sound and an idea we are running with is a radio show. It will be hosted by myself and Krabs who is another upcoming DJ/Producer. We are in talks with a couple stations but haven’t finalised anything yet, but still keep an eye out for that on Twitter! I have never played a gig, but that should be changing in July as earlier in the year I secured my first event booking, again more details to follow on that one but expect to see details soon as July isn’t far at all. Besides what I’ve mentioned, you can catch me frequently doing guest mixes for other DJ’s radio shows and I have some other mixes that I’m working on for various platforms with flexible deadlines, so expect things dropping out of nowhere from me.
Give us some your favourite mixing and beat production kit and tools?
I upgraded my home setup nearly a year ago now and since then I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my own ability. The setup consists of 2x Pioneer XDJ 1000 mk2’s, 1x Pioneer DJM-750 mk2, 2x KRK Rokit RP5 G3 monitors and for headphones I’ve got Sennheiser HD25’s. I doubt I’ll be changing any of that anytime soon, but I have been tempted to save up and cop a third deck. At the moment I don’t produce, but it’s definitely something that I really want to get into, I know the sound I want to achieve I just need to learn how to create it. To begin with I think I would learn on FL Studio as my DAW. For Hardware I know that the Korg Triton synth was a popular choice when making Grime instrumentals in the beginning, as well as some more recent productions by producers that I’m currently into such as, Grandmixxer and Polonis.