Leading Australian DJ, producer and songwriter, tyDi, is excited to announce his 2014 Homecoming Tour which is set to light up venues across Australia this July and August. After relocating to the USA, the classically trained musical mastermind and SOL REPUBLIC Savior of Sound will return to his home soil for an explosive run of shows set to enthral fans across the east coast. Since bursting onto the scene only a few short years ago, tyDi has achieved more than most would in a lifetime.
From his critically acclaimed debut album -Look Closer' to being voted -Australia's #1 DJ' two years in a row, it has been a wild ride for tyDi – real name Tyson Illingworth. After producing the chart topping album -Shooting Stars', which reached #1 in Australia, Canada, UK and being honoured with the International Dance Music Award's -Best Break-Through DJ of the World' award, presented by the legendary Tiësto we are looking forward to what comes next from tyDi.
'I absolutely cannot wait to come back home to Australia. I've been doing 150+ shows around the world in the last year and as crazy awesome as they all are I'll always miss my Australian fans on a very personal level. I'm truly excited for this one"
tyDi's 2014 hit, -Stay' featuring Dia Frampton, is the first taste of a new, highly anticipated third album from the DJ, producer and songwriter. -Redefined' will be out later this year and is expected to be even bigger and bolder than the 2013 release, -Hotel Rooms', with a stack of collaborations and over 30 tracks contending for a spot on the album.
A handful of lucky fans will also have the opportunity to win an exclusive pair of custom tyDi x SOL REPUBLIC headphones. Designed in collaboration with the award-winning artist, the SOL REPUBLIC custom tyDi skins will merge the best in sound technology with his unique electro style. Stay tuned for more information.
tyDi 2014 Homecoming Tour Friday 25th July Alumbra Melbourne
Friday 25th July Ciroq Melbourne
Saturday 26th July Marquee Sydney
Friday 1st August The Family Brisbane
Saturday 2nd August Platinum Gold Coast
Friday 8th August Toucan Club Mandurah
Saturday 9th August Wharf Tavern Sunshine Coast
Question: What should we expect from the 2014 Homecoming Tour?
tyDi: A whole lot of my new original music! My new album 'ReDefined' is coming out in September so I'm starting to play them out in clubs. 90% of my sets are my own original songs, remixes or edits. I'm also a lot more diverse stylistically than I used to be, I like to keep everyone guessing what's going to be next.
Question: What are you looking forward to most about the 2014 Homecoming Tour?
tyDi: Well mainly I just miss Australia a lot - I spent the first 7 years of my DJ career touring Australia, now that I live in LA I've been really missing the whole Australian club circuit. I can't wait to come back with my brand new music and see how my fellow Australian's react to it. A few of the venues I'm playing at have a special place in my heart because I've been to them so many times, I know that coming back will be a great feeling.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
tyDi: Lately a lot of Gesaffelstein, his music is so dark and warped. It's really cool! One of his songs called 'Destinations' inspired some of my new work that's on my soundcloud page. Also I listen bands probably more than I do EDM - On my upcoming album of collaborated with a band on nearly every song.
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
tyDi: The new single 'Stay' is out now, it's been getting crazy radio play over here in America so that's been great for my live shows. The next thing is my album which is set to drop in September.
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
tyDi: Yeah there was, but not because things were going badly - actually the opposite. I was living in Australia but the demand for my shows was growing more and more overseas. I was literally flying to LA from Brisbane every second week and cramming 10 shows into a two week tour, then flying home and touring Australia only to pack up and leave for another country a few days later. All of this whilst writing a new album and trying to maintain a healthy relationship with my girlfriend at the time. I completely burned out. I started falling apart on plane flights, getting two hours sleep a night because of jet lag and doubting if I even liked my own music. So for a short moment I just thought "maybe I should be satisfied now?, am I enjoying this as much as I used to?"... It was then I realised that I had to pack up and move to LA, I had to sacrifice my relationship, my friends and family and my home for a new life in a new country. Since being here I haven't had to do long haul flights every week, just monthly. And now I'm around all the artists who I work with. I'm in a much better place than I ever was and I don't think I could be any happier with the new album that's coming out.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
tyDi: It's kind of hard to compare really, writing music is when I'm feeling the most artistic and that's where my heart is... but playing live is like a drug, it's a rush to see all those people going crazy. I don't think I could choose one.
Question: What/who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
tyDi: BT. I always adored his music, now we are good friends and I produce a lot of music with him!
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
tyDi: Finding the time to make everything happen. My tour schedule is getting close to 180 shows a year, it's absolutely insane. Fitting all that in while writing music is tiring, but it's the only thing that I'm truly passionate for.
Question: What's a typical day like?
tyDi: Wake up in a strange hotel, meet the driver, get to the airport, fly to a new city, play a show, play another show, go to hotel, get 4 hours sleep, wake up fly to another city....repeat. Then studio on the days off!
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
tyDi: Making people happy with something I am truly passionate about. Nothing compares.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
tyDi: The vocalist from Taking Back Sunday!
Full Name: Tyson Illingworth
Star Sign: Gemini (Although nobody should EVER believe in that stuff now, come on it is 2014!!)
Favourite Food: Seafood
Favorite Film: Lost in Translation
Favorite Actor: Emma Stone
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Emma Stone
Where did you grow up: Sunshine Coast, Australia, QLD.
First Job: DJ.
Are you a Pub, Bar or Club kind: Bar (when I'm not performing
What Can You Never Leave Home Without: My iPhone.
Who do you look up to: Sam Harris (the Author).
What is your top pick-me-up trick: Swim laps! Exercise changes my mood immediately
Prized Possession: My collection of hotel room key cards (I have THOUSANDS!)
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning: MY HEAD HURTS!!!
Interview by Brooke Hunter