I had the pleasure of speaking with R&B artist Tyler P about his new single, “Cheers,” and his experience growing up in Decatur, Miss.
Tyler P ( real name Joseph Tyler Pigg) is a 20-year-old singer/producer from Decatur, Miss and not only was he like the most chill artist I’ve ever interviewed (seriously he was), he didn’t mind opening up about his life and how he became a musician.
Check out our chat below.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Can you just tell me a little bit about you, where you’re from and how you got your start in music?
Tyler P: I’m from Decatur, Mississippi and I really started on my own when I was about 15 or 16 and I was going through some things at home. I felt like I didn’t have anyone to talk to, all I had was myself and my little guitar that was sitting over in the corner. I picked it up one day and started teaching myself how to play. I learned how to play, started writing a few songs and a couple years later and a little more experience, I’m here.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: So you’re a self-taught guitarist?
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: That’s cool. The other day I put on my Twitter that I wanted to learn how to play the guitar so that kind of gives me hope, like I can teach myself.
TP: Yeah, yeah you can. It’s real easy. I was going through some things so I had a reason to learn, that was the only thing I had. But it doesn’t take much to teach yourself.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you remember the first song or piece of music that you put together?
TP: Well the first song I wrote was called “Nobody Else” and really I had just based it off this girl I was going with. I kind of put aside what I was going through at home and thought ‘Ima make some music that everybody can relate to and nobody has to see my struggle. I want to give the people something positive to vibe to and you know, ride with your girl to. You know, stuff like that.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: I was listening to “Cheers” and we’ll talk some more about it later, but I was thinking ‘Oh he’s a smooth R&B artist,’ because I really didn’t know what to expect. It was a pleasant surprise though.
TP: A lot of people say that but I rap too. I think that catches a lot of people off guard but I like to sing…I like smooth music. You said it when you said it [laughs].
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: You just released “Cheers” and as I was listening to you speak about the first song you wrote, it kind of put me in the mind of this one. Is “Cheers” about a woman you were dating too?
TP: Well “Cheers” is a song to get the people on their feet. In the song it talks about a girl that I went through some things with and we’re not seeing eye to eye anymore so to get over her I’m going to parties, drinking and smoking it up. The vibe is a little different from my normal style.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you write all of your music or do you work with songwriters?
TP: Yes ma’am, I write all of my music but “Cheers” was written by a guy named Super Jay. He also writes for Usher and Bobby Valentino. Me and him both made the beat but as far as everything else that’s on my Soundcloud, I wrote those.