An Interview with Ty Jouska

By Damilola Grey

Dami: What was your first introduction to RnB?

Ty Jouska: Just growing up man, my parents are old school so I came up listening to a lot of 70s, 80s, and 90s RnB and just had an ear for it as a kid. It’s hard to get away from when you heard it your whole childhood. Then eventually, I branched off and started listening to RnB on my own time and it’s been a part of me ever since.

Dami: What inspired you to start making music?

Ty Jouska: Honestly, I was late to the music scene. I had always heard about making music especially being from Atlanta and I had a cousin that used to produce which he inspired me a bit but I didn’t start making music until high school. What really inspired me was just going back and listening to various artists and producers that I love. That gave me the courage to buy some equipment and get to learning music more.

Dami: Speaking of inspirations, who are your biggest inspirations?

Ty Jouska: Man that’s such a tough question. It’s so many eras of great music. Some of my biggest inspirations are Timbaland, Jodeci, Pharell, T.I, Brent Faiyaz, Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, Outkast, and a lot more producers and artists.

Dami: How’d you come up with the name Ty Jouska?

Ty Jouska: I get asked this question a lot. Ty is a part of my first name (Tyler). Jouska means a hypothetical conversation that you compulsively play out in your head. It’s initially a dialogue you play out in your head in any kind of situation and I use it as a form of things coming to fruition and not constantly having to prepare for moments. I like staying ten toes down in what I’m doing.

Dami: You dropped a single recently titled “On the Move”. Can you tell us more about it?

Ty Jouska: Yeah for sure. “On the Move” is my first single and I really enjoyed making this track. I think it’s a song that a lot of people can relate to just on some day to day life shit. I feel like you can listen to it when or wherever you are. I received a lot of amazing feedback that I’m honestly grateful for.

Dami: What’s your creative process like?

Ty Jouska: I really don’t have a go-to or structured creative process. It really depends on how I’m feeling at the moment honestly. I usually write on the regular or if I’m not doing anything, but I can write something up in the studio as well. Sometimes I even go off top and see how certain shit sounds. It’s a lot of processes I probably combine without knowing but sometimes, that’s how you make the best music.

Dami: Where do you grab inspiration from when making music?

Ty Jouska: I usually would just listen to music that gets me going and that gets me in a certain mode. Something as simple as a certain sound in a beat or the beat in general makes me want to keep making music all day.

Dami: What’s next for you after “On the Move”?

Ty Jouska: Definitely a lot more. I got another song I’m definitely looking to release this year, but until then just constantly working and trying to meet great people involved in music that care for me. I’m focused on building a great team in the future and trying to find producers to collab with.

Dami: Any dream collabs?

Ty Jouska: Man this is tough. Probably Brent Faiyaz, Jhene Aiko, The Hics, SZA, and Bryson Tiller.

Dami: What’s the most stressful part of being an artist?

Ty Jouska: For me, I would say trying to know what’s next. Being independent and hungry for success is a tough situation. It’s a lot of battles with yourself because you want everyone to enjoy the songs you put out, but in reality, you just have to go into a certain mindset and keep going no matter what.

Dami: What has been your most memorable experience so far?

Ty Jouska: Being in the studio with the homies. Those experiences are the best and also meeting great people that have helped get my music heard. That had meant the most to me. Seeing my music gain a bit of traction has been a great feeling too.

Dami: What you tryna achieve by the end of this year?

Ty Jouska: By the end of the year, I would wish to build up a solid fanbase. I want to cover all aspects of entertainment for fans, such as maybe talking and gaming with them on Twitch, or maybe vlogs on YouTube, and maybe start up a podcast and things like that.

Listen to Ty Jouska‘s latest single “On The Move” now:

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