I kind of thought that Tasty was a bit full of himself when he mentioned that his new song “Another Day Alive” would make for an “intriguing write-up”. I mean, who did this person think he was– who is he to decide that I would find his track “intriguing”. But that’s when I listened to “Another Day Alive” and “intriguing” was just one of the many words that came to mind.
“Another Day Alive” is completely unclassifiable. Sure, at face value this song is a bit lo-fi based with dreamlike vocals but, as you dig into it a bit more, you realize there is a whole lot more going on. Soothing horns, ringing chimes, a sense of ambiance without it being an ambient song. Yeah, I was more than intriguied and was so excited to get to know the man behind this brilliant song a bit more.
What’s your go-to coffee order?
I’m not a big coffee guy, I’m out here raw-doggin life but if I do, it’s black coffee all the way.
What’s your favorite video game?
This is tough, in terms of happiness received from playing, it’s gotta be Battlefront 2 on the ps2 but a very close runner-up would be Red Dead Redemption 2.
What’s your go-to purchase at a gas station (outside of gas) when on a road trip?
American Spirit Blacks, just to feel somethin.
What’s the most awkward date you’ve ever been on?
Surprisingly, I’ve never been on a date, although I have went out of my way to hang out with girls that I ended up totally ignoring due to this syndrome I have called “being a pussy.” I’m being treated for it though. They got me on this diet of straight lima beans and raw steak. I hope it works.
Favorite lyrics of all time?
Honestly the whole song “Slow it Down” by Mike Posner. That song, from the instrumental to the lyrics, is so genuine and pure and something I can relate to throughout. I remember listening to it for the first time a few years ago and just getting mad that I didn’t write it. A very motivating and authentic song that I think is ridiculously slept on and is full of poetic and uplifting lyricism.
If you were to rob a bank, what would be the song playing in the getaway car as you escape?
I’m hoping the first song that comes on shuffle as I speed away would be Fireflies by Owl City, doesn’t make sense but it feels right or Set it Off by Boosie.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Sounds weird but even as an artist I don’t really seek out going to shows, I’d rather be on stage haha, but My first concert was by far my favorite I’ve been to. I was 15 and got to see Mumford and Sons, which to this day is still my favorite band. One of those bands that sound even better live and really vibe with the crowd. Everything was just right, and they even brought out Preservation Hall Band to do “House of the Rising Sun.” They played all my favorite songs and just made for a huge and memorable night.
If you could compare yourself to an animal, what would it be and why?
Comparing myself to an animal I’d be an elephant. I don’t know the ins-and-outs of elephants, but I know they’re beautiful, majestic and to me they seem like they don’t understand how powerful and important they are. I am a big teddy bear of a person and to an extent I recognize my blessings and what I’m here to accomplish, but at the same time I’m still humble to the point where it can get self-deprecating. I also struggle with anxiety which is my worrying way too much and stressing out about things that really can’t hurt me; in my mind an elephant being scared of mice is a great comparison. Also elephants like peanuts (at least the stereotype says so) and I am a big peanut butter advocate. Artists get sponsorships from shoe companies, clothing brands, etc. but screw the clothes I want to sign with Jif ASAP.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
My first concert was seeing Mumford and Sons at formerly “Zephyr’s Stadium” in Metairie, Louisiana. Absolutely fantastic show. Marcus Mumford ran through the crowd and I got to dap him up. As a 15 year old, this was prime time greatness of a moment.
What’s the worst concert you’ve ever been to and why?
It wasn’t a concert specifically but a music festival. It was Buku 2018 in New Orleans and I think that’s a great event, location, and full of a great staff and lineups every year that I’d love to be a part of soon. That year for me was just terrible because I just couldn’t get into any of it. I was looking for an escape from the unfortunate circumstances life had been throwing me in the weeks leading up before. I couldn’t really find any friends and my anxiety was through the roof to the point where I actually called my mom to come pick me up. Just a really bad day that ended up being at what was supposed to be a really great festival for me.
What’s your favorite method of listening to music?
I looooove vinyls, I have about 60 of my favorite albums ranging from “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” by Lauryn Hill to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles to “I Love You, Honeybear” by Father John Misty. To me it just feels like the correct way to set the mood and provide a vibe whether it’s for a party or just in the solitude of being alone in my room. I’m always looking for new genres to explore via Vinyl. An expensive but very fun hobby.
What’s one thing I should know before listening to “Another Day Alive”?
Before listening to “Another Day Alive” you should acknowledge your current mindstate and what you’re going through at that moment and let the song take you where you need to go. I wrote this song with uplifting/ motivating lyrics and an ambient and almost melancholic instrumental to accompany it because it can be taken in 2 different ways. Primarily, I wrote it to be a song about perseverance and acknowledging that no matter what life throws at you, today is an opportunity to look fear and the unknown in the eye and find a way to grow. You have Another Day Alive. Don’t waste it. It is a blessing and an opportunity to lift up somebody around you and just spread love. I’ve also listened to it when I was sad and it was a comforting way for me to sulk and embrace those sad/ uncomfortable emotions; so I like to look at this as a “mood ring” of a song that can change depending on what the listener is currently going through.
The instrumentation throughout this track is all over the place. How did you choose what instrument you wanted to use when it came to the horn?
I remember thinking this song was finished for a few weeks and back in October I just decided to revisit it and add a piano solo in the parts where I wanted to let the instrumental breathe; so initially it was a Steinway Piano, but I’ve always loved the sax and tried out that sound instead of a piano. It was love at first sight or hear or whatever you wanna say. I don’t even know if I would’ve dropped the song if it weren’t for that. I rarely get goosebumps but when I did that I shocked myself and the song really felt complete.
There’s something chill and calm here– say a metal band wanted to cover this– what band would you hope it was?
I don’t know many metal bands, but if I had to choose one it’d be Black Sabbath. I’d love to hear what Ozzy would have to say about this ballad. I don’t know how he’d feel about a song like this, but as someone who was a pioneer to heavy metal I’m intrigued to hear what he’d say.
Joking aside, I loved the care that you gave to each note and word throughout this song– how long did it take you to get it to this level of perfection?
One thing about me is I make music that authentically reflects what I am currently going through, and I use it as an outlet to get those thoughts and feelings off of my chest. When I made “Fall of Man” I was fighting rejection and just wanted to melodically scream about what happened, but I made “Another Day Alive” the day I got fired from my job back in September and was at peace with it so making an upbeat melodic hip-hop ballad wasn’t the vibe. I was motivated to really go all in on my music career but also really disappointed because of how abrupt everything went down. All in all it was a blessing in disguise, and I think I perfectly translated those feelings into song. I don’t like to force it, so when I sit down and write, it happens relatively quickly once the instrumental is built. From start to finish it took me a few months to mix/ master everything, but the writing and recording process was done within 8-10 hours because that’s what I needed in that moment. It all came from a real place.
This is definitely way different from some of your other music (specifically your 2021 release, “Fall of Man”) why the change?
To put it simply, I am Tasty. So many different foods are tasty and so many different genres/ styles of music are absolutely beautiful. Life is full of ups and downs. There are so many different moods that need to be accompanied by different types of songs. In a world where Pop music is McDonald’s, Indie is a sushi place, Blues is a seafood joint around the corner, etc. I am the grocery store in which you can pull up and get whatever your heart desires. You can expect more music with an ambient and jazzy vibe but you might be surprised and enlightened when the next song I release is completely different. All the while staying as a delicious and Tasty work of art that comes from a real place. Organic, authentic, beautiful, that is Tasty.
Much like “Another Day Alive”, I found Tasty to be ridiculously well spoken with every answer he gave me. Even with the silly questions, I feel like Tasty truly put heart and soul into his answers which truly meant so much to me, personally, and gave me a bit more insight into the genius that created this track.
As mentioned in that final question– “Another Day Alive” is seriously so different from some of his other music so, if this song is a bit too calm for you, I truly suggest you spend some time digging into his other music instead of just moving on. This man is full of surprises and talent and I can not wait to see what the future holds for him!
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