Meet the newest artist signed to Post Malone’s camp, Tyla Yaweh.
Florida born Tyler Jamal Brown, better known as Tyla Yaweh, has been performing, dancing and making music from an early age. In 2015 Tyla set out for California in the hopes of pursuing his musical aspirations. Tyla’s truly struggled and starved for his craft and it’s apparent in his movement and his music how seriously he takes his craft. With major cosigns from today’s leading artists like French Montana, Post Malone, Ski Mask The Slump God, Juice WRLD and many more, Tyla has slowly begun to show the world his undeniable talent for genre-bending Rock, Hip Hop and R&B. Tyla just released a new album, Heart Full of Rage and plans on giving fans another album this year and much more. Find out what else Tyla said in our exclusive interview and check out his new music video for “High Right Now” below.
The Knockturnal: Can you talk about your musical journey? When did you first know that music was your career path?
Tyla Yaweh: I’ve never been asked that question before. I just felt it because I was skating and stuff and I was doing other crazy shit and was trying to be a traplord. I realized it when I saw other people doing it. I was probably like 13 – I’ve always been musically inclined, I first started off dancing and we used to start these functions at the mall with different dance teams pulling up and we’d just dance all night and that’s probably a big thing that started it for me.
The Knockturnal: You genre bend so effortlessly, Who are some of your biggest musical influences past & present?
Tyla Yaweh: The Used, My Chemical Romance, Hawthorne Heights, Take Me Back Sunday and Hip Hop it was Lil Wayne, Tick Daddy, Lil Boosie and MF Doom I f***ed with him heavy skateboarding wise and listened to his music.
The Knockturnal: What prompted the move to LA? Why was 2015 the right time?
Tyla Yaweh: I was doing a lot, I was traveling a lot, I was on tour with my homie and then we went back to Florida for a few weeks and I was like, ‘this is not my vibe, I’m going to end up dead or in jail’ so one of my good friends was like, ‘I’m gonna drive you to L.A.’ because I’ve never been to L.A. before. We went there and he dropped me off on Venice Beach, we had an Airbnb for a month and then I just did it, I was homeless. I slept on Fairfax, Melrose, on the beach, in my friends’ cars.
The Knockturnal: So, it was spontaneous, but when you were going through this experience did you gain a hustle mentality and think to yourself this is going to lead to something greater?
Tyla Yaweh: I already had a hustle mentality because I’ve been on my own since I was 15. I got caught up with a few things at my crib and my mom wasn’t liking it, so she kicked me out. She didn’t really want to kick me out, I could tell she really wanted me to come back home, but I never went back home.
The Knockturnal: How did you meet managers Tes Siyoum and Bobby Greenleaf? What was that experience like?
Tyla Yaweh: Tes hit me up and was like – I was like ranting on Instagram about how I was doing a lot of stuff by myself, I didn’t have management, I just got out of a s****y situation and I was booking hella shows, I was still rolling out content, I was doing all the Rolling Louds still, so it was like I’m doing this myself – so he hit me up and was like, ‘what’s your situation?’ and I had already known Dre, I met him when Post was opening up in Florida so like four years later so he’s like, ‘Yo, how did you run into this kid? Let’s sign him let’s get it going.’ Bobby was there the day I signed to the production team, so it was a perfect moment.
The Knockturnal: What was it like discovering him?
Tes Siyoum: It was a dope experience, at the end of the day I watched his energy on Instagram and after seeing this kid and listening to more of his music – he actually did some songs with another one of my artists, so they were at the studio and the song they made was fire that I played it for everybody and everybody was like, ‘yo, who is this kid?’ From there we wanted to get to work.
The Knockturnal: They helped sign you to Post Malone, what has the experience of being on his label and touring with him been like?
Tyla Yaweh: It’s been the best experience in the world because it’s like he’s giving me a piece of his fanbase and his fanbase is so supportive and they love anything that he love and they actually enjoy my music more too and go back and do their research so it’s just like amazing I get to perform in front of 30 thousand, 25 thousand people every night.
The Knockturnal: Who was the first biggest collaboration with or who gave you your first cosign?
Tyla Yaweh: French and Asap and it was before the project.
The Knockturnal: What was your favorite part about making Heart Full of Rage?
Tyla Yaweh: The experience of recording it, the countless studio sessions we had and being in the studio every day. If we had a show, we would have two days off then back into the studio for at least 12-14 hours or all day.
The Knockturnal: Can fans expect more visual from the project?
Tyla Yaweh: Can def expect more visuals!
The Knockturnal: Anything else you’re working on that we can share with fans?
Tyla Yaweh: Back in album mode so be looking for another album this year
The Knockturnal: You’re booked for nearly every big music festival this year; can you talk about your experience performing on stage and how your musical and dance background play into your performing?
Tyla Yaweh: I was there during the revenge tour and I’ve been on a stage for so long. I was built for it, I always used to do talent shows and was in chorus when I was in middle school and ended up being the lead singer. Performing to me, that’s where I have the most fun. That’s my happiness right there getting to see peoples’ energy.