We had the good fortune of connecting with Tay Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tay, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk-taking is something that has become a part of me almost second nature. I didn’t necessarily have all the resources growing up to get where I wanted to go in life, but thankfully I had nurturing parents that were kinda hands-off f and those were enough resources that I needed.
Coming from a small town of only 5k people in the population, wanting to be a professional drummer/producer seemed like a pipe dream until country artist Miranda Lambert (also from the same town and high school) made it and won a Grammy so I knew that with proper risk and calculation I could be there too.
At age 17 I decided to graduate high school earlier to prepare to go to Berklee College of Music and this decision was made before even auditioning and being accepted; after being accepted I would spend my time practicing and networking on Twitter.
I would send people video links to Youtube videos, I even got Travis Barker to watch and he thought I was dope lol!
For a while, I was bitter about the road I had to travel and the risks I had to take to get where I’m going but after growing up and therapy I embrace it.
I view myself going across the country to better myself in the same light that I viewed my grandfather leaving LA to go to Vietnam to better his life and his future family’s life by leading by example.
I know that if I didn’t take the risk my siblings wouldn’t be shooting for Mars since they saw their brother shoot for the moon.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well, I’d like to talk about the future since so much is focused on the past.
I’m most excited about this next chapter of my career because opportunities are sprouting up from things I’ve harvested/prayed for. It wasn’t easy getting here but seeing how the hard work from the past has paid off it’s given me the drive to go harder.
Every day I try to wake up and make sure I’m doing something that I will be happy with 5 years from now.
I have some albums coming out in the next year or so that I’ll be drumming on and I’ve also revamped my Youtube channel so I’m also excited about posting more content on there as well.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Man if I was having some one come to the city I’d honestly avoid taking them to tourist spots and rather would take them to real LA.
So if you’re down for that lol….. We’d have to first get some coffee bean, stop by Cilantro Downtown LA which to me has theeee best burritos and tacos for the low and where it’s located you get to see all the high rise buildings of downtown.
After that we’d def have to take you on a tour of all the different LA neighborhoods to see the history outside of Hollywood/The Valley.
LA is a very down to earth place but the superficial always overshadows it.
No I won’t take you to Roscoe’s it’s not even the real recipe. I can make it at home better. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d personally like to shout out to a group of 3 guys that aren’t from LA but work out there frequently.
Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta/Residente), Qyu Jackson (Jennifer Hudson), Andre Clewis.
These guys saw me posting on the internet around the 16-17 age range and I guess they saw something in me; I’ve never lacked in knowledge on or off of my instrument because they’ve always placed me in rooms to watch what to do and what not to do.
I would be lost especially business-wise in this industry from money, endorsements, social media if I didn’t meet these guys.
Anytime I’m off of my game I can count one of them to come down like a hawk and swoop me up by giving me, tough love.