Tyler Major

How did you get started? Tell us your story!

My name is Tyler Major and I grew up in Powder Springs, Georgia which is 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. I started writing raps in 6th grade (2003) but I didn’t start recording myself and making beats until 2008 during 11th grade in high school. That year I met and joined the 5 member collective NRK (Nobody Really Knows) after having classes with some of them throughout high school.

What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?

My biggest experiences in the music industry is being around Odd Future and Awful Records during their "come up." I played tenor saxophone all through middle school/high school, took music theory and one piano class. I have a good foundation when it comes to music but I still consider myself self-taught when it comes to making my own music. YouTube along with trial and error played a big part.

What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?

I produced "Sunburst" on The Jet Age Of Tomorrow's "Journey To The 5th Echelon" album in 2010. I've worked with The Internet, Awful Records, Gary Wilson, Ommas Keith of Sa-Ra, Marz Lovejoy, Leon Sylvers IV, Letherette, Caleb Stone.

Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?

My influences growing up were keyboardists Lonnie Liston Smith and Jeff Lorber. The Neptunes, MF Doom, Afta-1, and Dam Funk. Right now I'm always listening to Curren$y's latest tapes, Mndsgn, Freddie Gibbs, Kiefer, and Ivan Ave. They just consistently make laid back smooth music. Everyone’s making turn up trap music and that’s honestly not the space I’m ever in.

What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?

Honestly, just standing my ground in my unique sound. It's easy to switch your music up with the trends but my favorite artists/producers ALWAYS kept their sound while still naturally growing and progressing.

How would you describe your sound and style?

NewAgeJazzFunk Hip-Hop. Its calm enough to meditate to, bass lines are funky enough to groove to, airy enough to reflect to, and melodies pretty enough to be introspective.

What are some of your goals this year?

To executive produce more full length albums for artists and developing talent.

Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?

Artists: Curren$y, Ivan Ave, and Phonte from Little Brother.

Producers: Jimmy Edgar, Afta-1, and Dam Funk.

What is your creative process like?

My creative process is pretty straight forward. Play around with some chords on a piano until something sounds good or find some samples on youtube to chop. Then I start building the beat. I usually figure out the hook or flow for the verse while I'm making the beat. I try my best to work with the Pomodoro technique. Start beat 1 and after 25 mins, take a 5 min break to clear my head then start on beat 2. Work on that for 25 mins, take the break then go back to beat 1. Repeat the cycle 3 more times then break for 30 mins.