tyDi: Familiar streets

Pulling back the sheets on Brisbane’s Flourishing Talent

Like roses in highly fertile soil, Brisbane’s flourishing talent has all the necessary room and scope it needs to germinate and develop (though not necessarily the quantity of required water). It is interesting to think this here backwater town of Australia is home to immense talent, for Brisbane certainly remains a rich here-to-fore untapped source of musical abilities in varying styles and genres. From Electronica to Jazz, from Opera to Top 40s, Pub Rock to Instrumental improvisation, Trance to Drum n Bass, Brisbane harbours just as many dissident genres as it does pretentious ones. And this is no exception for the prodigy that is tyDi.

tydi is certainly a familiar name in Queensland’s subversive dance scene. He has taken out the crown in notable DJ Competitions of Central Battle and Brisbane DJ Wars; seized the position of Number #12 in the inthemix technics Top 50 national DJ poll; the position of Number #3 for Queensland’s Top 10 DJs; landed a main room residency at Australia’s top nightclub, “Family”, acquired gigs at such major clubs as Sydney’s “Gas” and “Home” and Darwin’s “The Rocks”; supported such heady names as Paul Van Dyk, Jumping Jack, BeXta, among many other elite internationals and nationals; he’s performed before mass crowds at Big Day Out, Slinky, Godskitchen, Adventj*h and Mayhem; being welcomed on board with global PR agency “Most Wanted Global”; released his first track on vinyl and then been signed to “Mixology Records” with the international release of “Familiar Streets”, with the promise of an album release in a matter of months; had his live mixes played nationally on Triple J, and was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium to study Bachelor of Music Technology – and all before he has even turned 20. tyDi is Brisbane’s latest musical virtuoso, and with such a list of credits to his name already, it is no wonder this handsome and charming DJ is encouraging local, national and global interest.

It really does come back to the fact he is a musical genius and wizard of the decks. In my opinion tyDi is the latter day small town equivalent to Paganini, with all the intensity and severity minus the unattractive, though profound, semblance. Where most eighteen year olds are only just discovering the subversive joys of nightclubs, tyDi was already an integral member of the ‘music staff’ for the exclusive sort of clubs his eighteen year old counterparts yearn to enter. Describing his experiences as rather “trippy”, tyDi however, manages to take his unique experiences in his stride with plenty of humility and intense deliberation to counterbalance any thoughts of overconfidence. He is deadly serious about his music career, seeing his vocation as a DJ slash Producer slash Composer as his point of focus. There is nothing in tyDi’s life where he doesn’t live and breathe music. Even his love for Playstation 2 games, The Simpsons or Futurama doesn’t prevent him from commenting on their great soundtracks and arrangements.

tyDi learnt drums from a young age, instilling that incredible and undeviating sense of rhythm and timing into his musical pysche. While hanging around his sister and her friends as a fourteen year old, they let him play around with their decks; aiding tyDi in realising his talents with technology and beats. Within six months, tyDi had made it to Pro Status. “Why the name tyDi though?” I ask him as we talk over dinner in a great Thai restaurant in Central Brunswick (his choice). For once, tyDi looks abashed. “It was a nickname for me as a kid,” he explains. I laugh inwardly, for in spite of his vast musical experience, he appears a kid to me still. “And I used it to enter Brisbane DJ Wars,” he explains, “not realising I would win and that the name would stick.”

tyDi describes himself as a touch emo and proclaims a deep love for Trance, with an appreciation of all quality music – no matter the genre. Certainly, walking the awkward angled halls of the Queensland Conseratorium, house to Opera, Jazz, Music Technology, Classical and definitely only a little Electronica, would compel tyDi to keep his mind and ears invariably open and thus balanced. tyDi has beautiful green eyes, is right handed, drinks Coke nonstop, loves chocolate and good food, doesn’t mind popcorn, enjoys the odd bottle of Moet (“for times of celebration only” tyDi informs me sternly), and has the lively clever and curious demeanour of all Gemini’s. Most interesting is the primary character trait to Gemini’s: they are born voyeurs – something tyDi unwittingly acknowledges when he confides to me that for him, the experience of performing is “all about the eyes. I’m playing for them,’ tyDi acknowledges to the ghost crowd that he will no doubt be confronting later that evening. “It’s a personal thing. I appreciate the acknowledgement – and I acknowledge them back. Trance is highly personal,” he finishes.

His tune “Familiar Streets” featuring Holly Ryan is certainly a personal experience that has raked in excellent results. With Sydney Trance Goddess BeXta bringing tyDi on board for her independent record label, “Familiar Streets” in its original form and with a remix by BeXta herself, features on BeXta’s latest Mixology compilation and has only, very recently, been released internationally. tyDi obviously must take things one step at a time, something to which he admits is difficult, as he proclaims that patience is not one of his strongest virtues. I find this quite hard to believe, as the tyDi I’ve come to know personally and musically is infinitely kind, overly charming and ever courteous – all the qualities of a composed and stoical character. But then, tyDi does lay high standards, not merely for himself as the person he wants to grow into, but also as the musician/DJ/Producer he wishes to become.

With upcoming gigs scheduled for Home in Sydney, The Epic Festival in Byron Bay for New Years Eve, BBQ Breaks on New Years Day and Summafieldayz in the new year, tyDi is particularly thrilled about his forthcoming gig for the CD Launch of “A Night Of Trance” in Sydney this Friday evening. With his original composition “Is It Cold” featuring on the compilation, tyDi admits he is really looking forward to this gig. “I’m really excited about this,” tyDi confirms, his eyes shining. “I work really hard at my production,” he explains candidly, “because I want to be able to perform my own productions to others – to share my tunes with them in the way I believe they’re meant to be played. This CD Launch will be exciting for sure!”

Pull back the sheet on your flourishing talent Brisbane. Ignore the weeds, for the abundance in roses are to your benefit and satisfaction – in all senses.

Love and Kisses, Lady Lex

To hear any of tyDi’s original tunes, keep informed of his nurmeous movements or for a schedule of his upcoming performances and where, traverse to tyDi’s Myspace