SuchATune is proud to present to you TYLER DALEY, a greatly talented artist hailing recently signed to Lisa Maffia‘s record label. Formerly known as HoodMan, he’s a 27 years old rapper/singer/producer from Manchester, with a uniquely soulful voice mixed with a reggae touch. You may recognise Tyler Daley from a popular TV series between 2007 and 2009 called “Dubplate Drama” featuring some of the UK’s well known urban acts such as NDubz, Roll Deep, Ghetts, Skepta and many more. Now’s the chance that YOU can get yo know him – Enjoy!
For those who don’t know about Tyler Daley, give us a brief insight into your story up to where you are today.
I was formally known as Hoodman, known as a rapper/singer from TV series Dubplate Drama. I’m from a very basic and humble beginning but I’ve been writing and performing since I was old enough to walk and talk and I’ve been producing for almost as long..
Your voice has got a great blend of soul, reggae and hip-hop, what influences have brought this combination together?
I’d have to say my upbringing, I was lucky enough to have a very mixed, music loving family, and I soaked it all up. From grandparents I learnt about reggae and ska, to my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins I discovered soul, hip hop, dance and bashment. That’s inspires my music today.
What impact has your upbringing in Manchester had on your music? It’s not often you hear singers from the North.
Believe it or not there’s a lot of very talented singers from Manc, an unbelievable amount, I suppose I’m just a part of whatever it is that makes the city very musical!
What brought about the change from the Hoodman alias to Tyler Daley? And has your sound changed at all through this transition?
I think I’ve just changed in general. Becoming a father made me a more well-rounded person.. Hoodman is still there, he’s just taking a rest haha!
How does it feel being signed to “Maffia Recordz” and working with some of the pioneers of garage music like Lisa Maffia and Romeo?
I feel blessed to work with people who have been there for me because I’ve done it and still remained humble. It’s a massive achievement for me!
After “Don’t Stop the Music” what solo releases can we expect from you in the near future?
Ahhhhhh! There’s gonna be a nice steady flow of music coming from me and the label. Next up will be a song called “Make It Better”. So please look out for that!
What new sounds are on your iPod that you can’t get enough of?
That’s a tough one, I mostly only listen to old school music, but recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Dwele, bit of J.Cole, a bit of Kendrick Lamar, some Donae’o .. Errrmmm that’s a hard question haha!
What direction do you see for the future of the UK music industry?
I really don’t know… It’s getting a lot more attention right know, so I hope all aspects get explored, but there’s a danger it could end up to be just a flash in the pan. I believe there’s enough talent and creativity out there to help it grow stronger.
What does the future hold for Tyler Daley? Where do you see you and your music being in 5 years time?
I believe I’ll be performing for a much larger audience. Awareness of my journey is growing and I think it’s gonna continue. I don’t need to be as big as Jay-Z, as long as I can look after my fam doing what I love and what I do best, that’s enough for me.
What advice would you give to upcoming artists to get noticed?
Be inspired and original… find you, your own sound because you don’t have to be like everyone else. Because even a grain of sand is lost on a beach!
Shout out to my wife and daughter first, Lisa Mafia (of course) , C1, Ridz, Soul Purpose, everyone at Mafia Records, Bodyroq, Pukka productions and big up SuchATune.co.uk
Thanks so much Tyler, we wish you all the best, and we’re really hyped to hear “Make It Better”