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Art & Life with Tyce

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyce.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m from the home of basketball, Springfield, Massachusetts. I’m tall, so my dad wanted me to play ball. He bought me a hoop and everything. But it’s funny, I turned out to be an artist.

The turning point for me was definitely Aaliyah. I remember watching Aaliyah and liking her and her first album. But when she came back with One in a Million, that’s when I was like ‘ok… I wanna be a star.” Growing up around a musical family, I explored the world of writing, producing, and directing. We all helped build a basement into a full-fledged dance and music production studio. I had to be only about 16 or 17.

During my college years, I earned a degree while studying Fashion at Johnson and & Wales University in Rhode Island. After graduating I drove every other day from Massachusetts to New York City with my cousin. While he worked at Island /Def Jam, I took classes at Broadway Dance Center.

Somehow that all led to Houston, where my cousin and I created our production company and artist development school. We produced for artists we dreamt of working with and also created a pop star, Normani.

That launched the beginning of my current journey in California, where I eventually signed a deal with Capital Records and launched my Fashion House, PSYLENCE, in 2015.

Please tell us about your art.
My Art is Musion; An innovative exploration of movement through Music & Fashion.

Over the past decade (or two) I’ve merged all of my talents to create a blend of music and fashion to birth my Fashion House, PSYLENCE. I’ve had the opportunity to create bespoke pieces, customized accessories, and fashion visuals for artists such as Janet Jackson, Gwen Stefani, Eve, Normani, and Shaun Ross.

I’m honing in on the nostalgia of the 90’s Aaliyah, Timbaland, and Missy era while introducing something fresh, innovative, and BOLD. Producing the soundtrack of my art, curating my own showcases, and not only defining but designing my own fashion statements.

There’s Grace Jones , There’s Prince, and now there’s Tyce.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I really don’t know what I feel about that. Off the top, what I think is that there are many elements that are still the same. If the work ethic is not there, no matter what things are readily available today, it will be just as hard to succeed now as in the past.

I feel like LA and the entertainment industry, in general, can take a page out of Aaliyah’s book. One of those main reasons why she resonated with me is because they took chances on a brand new production team, Timbaland and Missy, and redefined the sound while growing together and leaving an innovative mark in history.

We should champion new artists, support more black artists, and assist innovators to create more laws to protect artistic vision. Stop focusing on the followers, instead follow the art.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My website THEPSYLENCE.COM is updated regularly with exclusive content. You can also shop in my online store.

My next collection “Drazen” will be released this fall.

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    Image Credit:
Nina Hawkins, Sxott David

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