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Meet Tayo Joyce

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tayo Joyce.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Born to foreign exchange students in Washington state, I wanted to fit in but never managed to. After my family moved to the diverse and beautiful Los Angeles area, I blossomed as I was exposed to the work of many great artists and was encouraged to express myself in the visual arts. My neighbors introduced me to Anime and Manga, and from then on, I couldn’t stop drawing. As a teenager, I started singing and dreamed of becoming a songwriter. While I was in college, I started painting and concurrently took classes in songwriting and digital music production. I later learned how to form stories in my artwork while studying at Otis College of Design & Art.

Then, I was faced with one of the most heartbreaking seasons of my life and stopped all artistic pursuits as I learned how to cope and be myself again. Interestingly, a couple of months later, I got an opportunity to live in Paris, France for work! While there, I learned how to paint in the impressionist and fauvist style by taking lessons from Denis Gérablie, in Paris. Living in a society that was so infused with art changed me. And, when I came back to the US, I knew that I wanted to devote all of my time to making music and art. And a couple of years later, I left my 9-5 to do just that.

After a number of unsuccessful attempts at getting my music produced, I decided to learn about music production at Crē8 Music Academy in Westlake Studios, and I was so inspired by what Doug Fenske (my instructor) taught the class that I decided to become a music producer as well. And, I have been juggling painting, songwriting, singing, and music producing since then. It’s been an exciting ride!

Please tell us about your art.
My art is an expression of my emotions and ideas through music, songs and vibrant paintings. And I love to share enjoyment, connection and healing through my work.

I was inspired to write songs after seeing how they helped me through challenges and made me feel like I wasn’t alone. I would often search for music that would capture what I was feeling but could only find works that would come close. I then realized that it was time for me to start creating the music that I was looking for.

I craft my songs and music from concepts, poems, feelings, or sounds. Then I search for chords, rhythms, and instruments that set the right mood, then start programming and recording these elements on my computer. I constantly go back and forth refining the musical elements, and lyrics until they are just right. Then, I polish these ideas while experimenting with different effects and balance all of the elements with one another.

Drawing and painting is an outlet for me and brings me immense joy. I usually start with an image or an idea and flush it out with studies in my sketchbook and on the computer. Once I develop the idea to my, or my customer’s liking, I start painting an outline, then progressively add more detail to the piece, layer by layer until all of the items in the work are in harmony and complete. It’s so fulfilling and exciting to see others enjoy my work and get something out of it.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I met some great artists while shopping for art supplies, believe it or not. Though the bulk of my artist friends were made when I started taking music classes in Los Angeles. I also started attending local Meetup groups and was fortunate enough to meet some artists closer to where I live. The more I would attend art and music events, the more I would meet other artists and musicians too. I even managed to meet an artist friend through Instagram! It’s fascinating to discover what others are doing and to hear them share their experiences.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work and any upcoming events can be found on my websites and Instagram accounts, as well as Soundcloud and YouTube. I hope to hear from you and get to see you in the near future!

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Image Credit:
Dale Dellinger

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