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Interview with Honolulu Based Artist DJ Tila

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From Honolulu, Hawaii. This young EDM artist started as a professional sound engineer for local bands and group across the islands. Tyler (a.k.a Tila) started DJ’ing at a young age for small local clubs and weddings. Soon with the help of his father and other local artists, Tila started to produce house and trap music.

How did you come by your stage name?

My classmates starting from elementary called me Tila as a nickname. It followed me throughout high school and it really stuck. I liked how it was easy to pronounce and easy to remember!

When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?

I ran a professional sound company with my father from a young age. Music has been around the house forever from what I remember. As I got the hang of doing sounds for weddings and events, I use to play music off of an old CD record that was used for Dj’ing.

I got hooked on it immediately and wanted to start DJ’ing. After years of Dj’ing small event and club events, I fell in love with electronic music. I figured since I am not going to make it as a guitarist, I mind as well just try and create music on the computer and see where it takes me. But not just any music, music that makes people smile and dance. I want a crowd that can move and grooves to what I created.

To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?

There is this artist named Graves who is from Hawaii just like me. He is a huge inspiration towards EVERY producer from the islands. He was a pioneer for EDM, and for many of the young artist like myself, I strive to follow in his footsteps of creativity and style.

However, if you listen to a lot of my music you can tell that the bass lines in them are quite complicated. This certain progression I must owe it to my father. He himself is a professional bass player and has helped me create many of my progressions in my songs. He taught me most of what I know in music period, so really, I should be thanking him for his style.

On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?

The Glass Series has been my project since I released my first album “Glasswater”. The Glass series is really my progress and my change in music as I have been getting new ideas and learning different methods on how to produce. In my new EP, “Glass Sky”, you can really hear my house music change to a more future house.

What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?

My greatest challenge is remaining focused. This is just a hobby for me, and I didn’t expect my music to take me this far really…. but honestly, I don’t want to ruin the fun in producing music. I don’t want it to be a job. So even though it may be a challenge to release music so often, I think it is a smart idea to take my time with it as well.

Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?

Definitely not! I am not the best. Never will be. I am here to create music that I love and share it with the world. Period.

What are your plans for the near future?

I am looking to release my first full album, not just another EP. I should be releasing details on it soon.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?

My father of course. Graves who has been amazing guidance, and my friends: PacKz, Brochowski, Skurttles, TotZ. These producers who have been my teammates since the beginning of my music career.

How can fans find you?

Support Tila on:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

iTune

SoundCloud

What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?

Don’t be afraid of what people think of your music. Just make it and share it. Of course, get peers to master your tracks, but don’t be afraid to share it. Too many artists keep gems hidden on their DAW and leave it there for no one to hear but themselves. It never hurts to share.

 


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