We had the good fortune of connecting with tyler coolidge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi tyler, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Some cliché’s might rear their heads in this answer, but for me, a lot of this boils down to “WHY THE HELL NOT?” We only get one life (that we know of) and I’ve seen and known too many people that have (maturely) decided to go into work fields that will pay the bills as opposed to fields of work that they have genuine passion and love for. Even if it takes me 20-30+ years of grinding for little to know return, I’d personally rather struggle until I “make it” in the field that I have love for and less complicatedly a field that I simply want to be in for that long than to live a life that doesn’t align with my spirit. I know I can figure the bills out somehow. I also know that I don’t do things very well if my heart isn’t in those things, and I ultimately won’t last very long at doing those things I don’t have any passion for. I’ve been making music and set on a successful career in music for 10+ years now, and I know as long as I stay focused and working and operate on a high frequency with love, that I’ll get where I’ve always wanted to be. And that to me is way more satisfying than giving up and doing something I don’t really want to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is really me, which sounds cliché, but I think anyone who even kind of knows me can attest to my music being a pretty good representation of my qualities and different sides. My art and I are both pretty lighthearted, girl-crazy, fun-loving and smooth, and although this feels like a copout answer, I think my art inherently sets itself apart from other art because no one is me other than me, and the same can obviously be said for anyone else’s art. I put a lot of love and care into the writing aspect of the art, which might stem from the fact that I have a BA in English. I like to make sure that if nothing else in any given song, that the writing is unique to me and isn’t lazy or corner-cutting in any way. That’s something that I can promise anyone who listens to my music or is constantly looking for new music from me. You’ll never get skimped on what I’m saying.
Getting this far in any field isn’t easy, I feel like, mostly because staying with something for 10+ years when you’re not necessarily getting the results that you’d prefer to be getting is not easy. I don’t say that bitterly, also, because I have nothing but gratitude in my heart for how far I have come and anyone who listens to my music, but I think almost anyone would like to be even a little bit further than they are in their field. But attention spans are short nowadays, and I’ve been happily married to music for over a decade. That in itself is something I can be proud of, because as a kid my attention span was pretty flimsy and I was trying and dropping various things pretty quickly. The biggest lesson I can stress to anyone in any field with dreams is to keep going, especially if you love it and believe in yourself. Just keep going and working. You’ll get there.
One last thing that I’m really proud of that happened for me recently was getting one of my songs put into the NBA 2k22 Official Soundtrack. I’m a huge basketball fan, I’m a huge video game nerd, and I was playing NBA 2k7 on my PS2 back in 2007. So to now have one of my songs (“Slow Burner”) in NBA 2k22, let alone any video game that people are playing is absolutely incredible and I’m so grateful for that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Although I live in San Diego currently, my heart will always be in the Bay Area, which is where I’m originally from and spent 20+ years of my life, so let’s make this about the Bay Area.
I obviously gotta take you to the city (San Francisco) where there are so many damn good places to eat and hang out and go shopping, etc. Little Luca in South San Francisco is an incredible sandwich spot. I like hitting Duboce Park and watching all the dogs run around chasing each other, that’s always a good vibe-recharge. If we’re really having the best time ever, I’m taking you to Chase Center to catch a World-Champion Warriors game, then after you’ve seen all the sights you wanna see in SF, we’re going straight to Oakland for some of the best food I’ve ever had. You got Souley Vegan, you got this incredible Falafel truck that’s open until like 3 in the morning, you got Wild Ginger and Yojimbo over in Alameda. Any kind of food you want, Oakland alone has. Then I have so many homies in the Bay Area that are always DJ’ing events or clubs, that if I open my instagram on any given day or night I guarantee I’ll find us a fun spot to go to within 5 minutes that’s going to have great music. I love the Bay Area so much, and any opportunity to show someone around who’s not from the Bay, I’m going to chomp at the bit to take that opportunity. There’s truly no place like it on Earth. The energy is just #Different.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s of course a seemingly infinite number of people and places and things that could go in this response, but lately I’ve been investing time into reading books like The Law Of Attraction, You Are A Badass At Making Money, Think Like A Monk, and Think And Grow Rich, to name a few specific ones that have resonated with me. One thing all these books have in common to me is that they all focus pretty heavily on the power of the mind in relation to how the universe works. Essentially this boils down to something like “if you think it, if you believe it and if you work at it, you can have or achieve anything you want in life,” and of course that sentence alone is going to rope a lot of people in because every one of us has dreams and ideal futures in mind. In the past 4-5 months that I’ve been reading these books, I’ve chosen to go full-send on believing all of these things and putting them to practice in my every day life. Obviously there’s so much good and essential information in these books that I’m not even scratching the surface of, but I’d say if you want to change your life for the better in any way, I’d highly recommend these books and related titles that you can find. I’m definitely of the belief that since these books and their information has been in my life, that my life has changed for the better because of them.
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