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Keepin' It Real: Producer Tyler Sherritt Coaches VIBE On How To Fight The Mainstream

As dance music producer Tyler Sherritt entertains the masses - bringing Beatport charting hits "Petrichord" and "Survive" along on his national tour - VIBE sits down with the electro DJ star-on-the-rise to go over new music, style inspiration and the mainstream factor's influence on artists' creativity:

VIBE: Over the past year you've burts onto the scene and are about to release your first original release. Do you have any advice for aspiring producers for how to make themselves noticed in the crowded dance music space?
Tyler Sherritt: I think the number one piece of advice I can give to an aspiring producer is to make what you love. Too many producers have been creating "harder" or "deeper" sounds, thinking they will be judged if they don't conform. When it comes down to it, I hope you are into this music to make/play music that fills you with passion, and makes you feel the same way you did when you first experienced it.

What artists inspire your sound and style?
I pull inspiration from sounds that I don't necessarily resemble. Muse is a huge influence of mine. As a three-piece band they display an unbelievable ability in proving less is more through a massive and intense sound, while also euphoric and seemingly complex at the same time. My trance influences such as Jerome Isma-Ae, Armin, BT etc. resemble that model of music, which really emotionally affects me, while my more progressive influences such as Eric Prydz, Deadmau5 and Ummet continue to push the boundaries of the fusion of sound and quality of production. For my songwriting, I draw my inspiration from artists such as Ben Howard, Ray Lamontagne, John Mayer, and Coldplay. I think it's important for the vocals to match the production in emotion and passion. I feel that inspiration is heavily attributed to the life you live, the people you surround yourself with, and of course the music you listen to.

When it comes to mainstream dance music, there is a recent creativity drain that has developed into a focus on the "festival anthem" style of electronic music. Do you find it difficult to appeal to a mainstage audience while sticking to your roots as a true electronic musician?
I think yes, of course, there is a recent creativity drain on the intense festival anthems or "beatport bangers," but to say that every single one of these intense tracks is the same and lacks creativity is a naive way of thinking. There is a very broad spectrum of what fits into these festival anthems; some are beyond incredible in my opinion, and I agree that some sound exactly the same as the other stale, imitation tracks. I think that every genre in dance music is influenced by a "current sound" within their specific genre. Last year for the mainstream dance music it was the "chainsaw" basses, this year it's the "minimal drop" and next year there will be a different style that people will get "tired of." History repeats itself, in and out of music, and we would be lying to ourselves by thinking differently.

Personally, I try to appeal to a mainstage audience by incorporating the current forward thinking sound in the genres I love to play and create. That is how I stick to my roots as a true electronic musician and that is what got me into it in the first place. I wouldn't be making it if I thought it was going to "fail." I look forward to the future of each genre of electronic music and I think the best music is yet to come.

What's in the future for Tyler Sherritt? a full length album?
The future is completely open. I am producing and writing lyrics every day. I have a jumbled mess of music that I can't wait to finish. Who knows, it may turn out to be an album, or it may turn out to be something else. The future for my live shows will continue to expand and I expect to experiment with various elements of live instrumentation. Case in point, the future for me is to seek out as much knowledge and inspiration as possible and to learn from the artists who have come before me.

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Michelle Obama Interviews Barack Obama For First Episode Of New Podcast

Michelle Obama kicked off her podcast this week with a very special guest. The former first lady welcomed her husband, Barack Obama, for a lengthy discussion about their childhood, as it relates to race and class, experiences that shaped their “notion of community,” and more.

Barack tweeted a photo from the podcast on Thursday (July 29) with the caption,. “Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks — and this one’s up there with the best.”

Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks—and this one’s up there with the best. Take a listen to the very first episode of Michelle’s podcast: https://t.co/JEaVgT6GPC. pic.twitter.com/oRn1figrRK

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 29, 2020

The podcast aims to give listeners deeper insight into Mrs. Obama's life. “I spent a lot of time thinking, talking with friends and family,” she explained of her life after the White House. “Really just being, if you know what I mean. I reflected back on my time in the White House of course, but I went even deeper. I looked back at the whole arc of my life.

“In this first season, you’ll be hearing me talk with some of the people I’m closest with — my mom…my brothers…friends..colleagues. And I wanted to start at the most basic level. In these episodes, we’ll be discussing the relationships that make us who we are. Sometimes that might be as personal as our relationship with ourselves or how we navigate our health and our bodies at various points in our lives,” said Mrs. Obama. “In other episodes we’ll be talking about what the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse…the growth we gain from leaning on colleagues and mentors…the friends that help us sort through the toughest times.”

Click here to listen to the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast.

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YG attends the 2019 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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YG Recalls Police Pulling Guns On His Children During Home Raid

YG has had his share of run-ins with police, but one incident was particularly harrowing for the Compton native. In an interview with The Morning Hustle, YG opened up about his home being raided and police pulling guns on his young daughters.

The incident occurred in January, a day after the  30-year-old rapper was briefly arrested for suspicion of robbery.  “They came through like four in the morning,” he recalled. “We asleep, the helicopter came around and all that..they bang the door in trying to get in the door, so I go downstairs, I open the door…boom! They drew [guns] on me. That’s normal, but my kids at the time [were] 4 years old and 6 [months old]. They were upstairs in the room with their mama.”

Cops went upstairs where his children were in the room with their mother. “They go up in the room and they got the big AK’s all up in my little kids’ faces [yelling] ‘Don’t move! I’m like ‘bro, what the f*ck is ya’ll doing? Ya’ll got me f*cked up! They doing this to my little kids…and these are little girls, you know what I’m saying?

“I’ve been through a lot of other stuff with the police but I’m from the streets though so it’s like I got a target on my back from that and I know that,” he continued. “When you from a certain area the police gon’ f*ck with you.”

YG added that he’s never been beaten by police, but at least two of his friends have been killed by cops. “It’s a lot of stuff that be going on with the police that don’t make the news, he said. “That activity [being targeted by police] became normal to us. [We’ve] dealt with that for a long time. It’s sad to say but when you’re Black, you feel like that’s what comes with being Black.”

The incident was the second time that police raided his home in the last year. In July 2019, authorities raided the residence in connection with a shooting investigation. YG was not involved in the investigation and was not home at the time.

Watch his full interview below.

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Naya Rivera Laid To Rest During Private Ceremony In Los Angeles

Glee star Naya Rivera was laid to rest during a private ceremony held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles last week, according to a death certificate obtained by PEOPLE on Thursday (July 30).

Rivera’s funeral date was July 24. Her cause of death is listed as an accidental drowning, and her date of death is July 13 -- five days after she went missing at Lake Piru in Ventura County, Calif.

The 33-year-old actress took her 4-year-old son, Josey, out for an afternoon on the lake on July 8. Mother and son were in the water when things went awry and Rivera lifted him back onto the boat.

Rivera drowned within minutes of being submerged in the lake, her death certificate states. Josey was found safely on the boat and was able to tell authorities what happened to his mother.

Days later, Rivera’s family broke their silence to thank those who recovered her body.

“We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her fiends, colleagues, and fans for your continued support,” the family said. “Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”

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