Ty Lorenzo is an extremely versatile and talented 22 year old music artist that you need to be on the lookout for this year. Ty, who is from and still resides in New Jersey, blends punk inspirations with a variety of new age sounds within his music. He put out 6 singles throughout 2021, with his most recent single dance releasing mid December. Now, we talk to Ty about his roots, his past, and what to look forward to in 2022.

Teddy: Introduce yourself. Who are you?

Ty: My name is Ty Lorenzo. I’m a music artist, I’m 22 years old, and I’m from New Jersey, I’ve been here pretty much my whole life. I’m a producer and an artist. I love visual stuff, creating art and videos. I grew up making videos with my friends as a kid. I just love art as a whole. I think it’s a great way to express myself because I’m not very vocally expressive, so I use art as a way to get what I’m thinking out there. That’s pretty much it. I’m a simple guy and just make music. I love cooking. I love eating food. Food is like the other half of my life that’s not music.

Teddy: Where did you first find an interest in music?

Ty: I was pretty much born into a musical family. There’s music in my blood. My grandfather was a musician. His dad was a musician. My dad’s a musician. Right when I was born, the first house I had ever been in had a piano, a guitar, a bass, a drum set, music has just been a part of my life forever. It was kind of inevitable for me to hop on the drum set, pick up a guitar, do whatever. I guess from there I just started playing stuff and it just grew to what I do now. But as a kid, I started off playing drums. I was in my kitchen and I had set up these big stew pots that my mom had for cooking. I would set up the pots as drums and the pot lids as cymbals. I would take wooden spoons and bang on all the cooking equipment like a drum set. We actually still have them today, and there’s dents all over them. It’s really cool to see now, especially because I didn’t know at the time that I’d end up making music myself. That’s a super cool memory.

My dad is a bass player, so it was kind of easier to play the guitar with him, instead of the drums. We’d just play music and jam, stuff like Guns N’ Roses and other rock songs.Then I wrote a couple of shitty songs. It was kind of just inevitable for me to do music in life, I guess. You’re a product of your environment. It’s always been around me and it’s literally just who I am.

Teddy: When did you start making your own music?

Ty: I started when my school gave us laptops, MacBook Airs. Everyone got a Macbook air, and they had Garageband. I opened mine up and I started making beats in the back of math class. Just basic SoundCloud, hip hop, rap type stuff. I would also just get beats off YouTube. Just rapping to my mind. I wasn’t doing anything melodic cause I hadn’t found my voice. I was just rapping. Um, it was pretty terrible, but yeah, I had like no fans. It was a couple of years after that, where it actually got really serious. Once I graduated high school, that’s when I came out with Sail Away and Overflow, that was what really set it off.

Teddy: How have you evolved from then to now?

Ty: When I was making beats in high school, I would record over beats that I made in Garageband with zero mixing, I literally just laid my voice over a Garageband audio file. Then, my parents got me very entry-level, basic, equipment. A cheap interface and a cheap mic, which I’m actually looking at right now, which is kinda crazy. And then I would just record every day in my room, back when I was still rapping. I didn’t really have to put much effort into it. I would just rip a beat off YouTube and write some bars and just record it. Whenever I wanted to, I would just make a song, put it on SoundCloud and then post on my Instagram and be like, yo, this song is out. No promotion, no pre release tactics. I wasn’t really trying at that point, I didn’t even know how to get on Spotify. I didn’t know anything about being an artist.

But I was super devoted. If I wasn’t making music, I was watching videos on YouTube on how to make music. From then until today, I’ve been doing something music related every day in terms of creation. From that, it evolved. I learned new tips and tricks and put them in my own music, and got inspired by a lot of different things. I went through phases of what I listened to, which really helped.

Teddy: Did the success of so long, one of your first songs, change your mentality in creating music?

Ty: Um, that’s a good question. Honestly, that was a cool ass moment, but at that point I was still so young and didn’t really know what I was doing. I still really don’t. But I was super new in the industry, so like, after that, I didn’t view that point as like an, oh shit, now I have to go extra, extra, hard and tailor to what the people that probably heard that song want to hear next. Obviously, I knew I had to go hard and stay consistent with quality. That’s just an obvious thing, but in terms of what the sound was going to be after that, I didn’t really think about it. I just did my own thing.

Teddy: If there’s a song you would point somebody towards that’s never listened to your music before, what song would that be?

Ty: If you want the full gist of what Ty Lorenzo music sounds like, I would direct you to songs like BREAK OUT THE CELL or dance. Just the way my guitar playing is incorporated into it. That’s how I started. It’s cool to write my own riffs and put them into my own music. In terms of vocal delivery, it’s pretty aggressive at times and raspy, but it can also soften up, like you hear in dance, during the first half of it. Just the way those two songs progress. They start off with guitar, and then you have the modern, hard hitting, trappy type drums. Crispy high hats, the computer generated drum sounds, and the smooth transition into a pop punk outro section. I love the way it sounds. That’s what I listened to growing up and that’s what I have the most fun making. I try to incorporate a little bit of what I want and a little bit of what I feel like is digestible for the community that I’ve built. I think I’m getting really close to a Ty Lorenzo sound.

Teddy: Moving into 2022, what should we be looking forward to this year?

Ty: If I were you, I would expect at least 12 releases. I’m trying to release every month. The quality is definitely going to ramp up. It’s just continuous development and growth. It’s going to be very exciting and refreshing. And definitely music videos. Also, I can’t say definitely because I don’t know, but one of my goals is to play a bunch of live shows. I’m in a good community of friends who all support each other and there’s a bunch of opportunities. It’s great to be friends with those guys.