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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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Diddy Settles Sexual Harassment Lawsuit With Former Chef

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The settlement stems from a lawsuit Cindy Rueda filed nearly two years ago. Rueda was reportedly Diddy's personal chef from Apr. 2015 to May 2016. She accused the Bad Boy mogul of sexual harassment and unfair wages. She claimed that she never received additional pay for extra work hours during her time of employment.

Additionally, she alleged that Diddy requested that Rueda serve breakfast to him and a guest in his bedroom. During those incidents, she said she was forced to see "Mr. Combs and his guest indisposed and engaged in sexual activity." Upon entering, she alleged that he would then yell and curse at her.

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The terms or value of the settlement has not been disclosed at this time.

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Jussie Smollett Is Officially A Suspect In His Alleged Chicago Attack

Jussie Smollett is officially a suspect in the alleged attack that occurred in Chicago earlier this year. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi  announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

“Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” Guglielmi tweeted.

Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019

The announcement comes only moments after video surfaced of the two brother purchasing ski masks, gloves, and other supplies in a local store. The Osundairo brothers were allegedly hired by Smollett to act out the attack.

Smollett has adamently denied accusations that he staged the attack. His family, Fox, and many other celebrity friends also released statements defending him.

This story is developing. 

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Video Surfaces Of Osundairo Brothers Buying Supplies For Jussie Smollett Attack

A new video of the Osundairo brothers, the two who alleged Jussie Smollett hired them to stage an attack in Chicago earlier this year, has surfaced online. The video shows Ola and Abel Osundairo purchasing supplies that were allegedly used in the attack.

The video, which was obtained by CBS, shows the two brothers stepping up to the cashier's counter to buy ski masks, gloves, bandanas, sunglasses, and red hats that resembled MAGA hats. At one point in the video, Abel pulls his hood over his head, perhaps in an attempt to avoid showing his face on surveillance cameras.

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I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo's buying supplies before "attack"

Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.

Countless phone calls placed for this.

Visited more stores than I wish to admit. @cbschicago https://t.co/GT6h2g6Y9a pic.twitter.com/ULr3UTDe9Q

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019

CBS2 reports that the brothers bought the suspected supplies the day before the "attack" on Jussie. While previous videos obtained by the Chicago PD suggest the attackers were wearing ski masks at the time, the new footage does not confirm that Smollett orchestrated the attack.

The Empire actor has reportedly agreed to sit down with the police for another interview. Check out the new video below.

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