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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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Eddie Murphy is the next comedian to sit on Jerry Seinfeld's passenger side for the upcoming season of the latter's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee show on Netflix. In a sneak peek provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy revealed he's making a comeback to stand-up comedy. Longtime fans are in for a treat since the legendary comic hasn't been on stage in a while.

"I'm going to do it again. Everything just has to be right," Murphy said when Seinfield asked about his return to the stage. "You have to get up there and start working out."

Murphy also revealed that the late comic Don Rickles encouraged him to return to the stage. He teased Seinfeld about buying the Comic Strip, a popular New York City comedy club so that he could perform there. "You should buy the Comic Strip, and I'll come and work out there," Murphy gushed. "If you want to do that, I'll do it. I'll call it Jerry Seinfeld's Comic Strip," Seinfeld cheekily replied.

We're sure Murphy's fans are delighted to see him return to the stage, considering the milestones he's been though like welcoming his tenth child last year with Australian actress Paige Butcher.

For nostalgia's sake, check out an old clip of Murphy doing stand up in 1983's Delirious below and watch his announcement with Seinfield above.

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UK Drill Rapper Unknown T Appears In Court Following Murder Charge

UK-based rapper Unknown T appeared in court Thursday (July 18) after he was arrested and charged in the murder of Steven Narvaez-Jara.

The Evening Standard reports Uknown T, born Daniel Richie Lena, appeared at the Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London to hear the charges against him. Other defendants included Raman Boreland and Mohammed Musse, all three from Homerton. Lena and Boreland are charged with the murder of Narvarez-Jara. Lena also holds an additional violent disorder charge.

Narvarez-Jara, who was an aspiring pilot was stabbed on January 1, 2018 during a party. The 20-year-old was a physics and aerospace student studying to be a pilot at the University of Hertfordshire. He was was one of four men who were stabbed to death just within 15 hours of each other during the new year period, The Guardian reports.

A friend described Narvaez-Jara, as "loved amongst his family and peers and as the Ecuadorian young man he was, he was full of life and loved a great party."

Met Police confirmed the rapper's chargers to Metro.co.uk, in a statement.

"Detectives investigating the murder of 20-year-old Steven Narvaez-Jara in Islington on New Year's Day 2018 have charged three people," a spokesperson stated. "All were bailed before being released under investigation in November 2018."

Unknown T's rap career skyrocketed in the summer of 2018 with his single "Homerton B" that reached No.48 on the UK charts. He also appeared on stage with Drake at London's 02 Arena.

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Melyssa Ford attends the Culture Creators 4th Annual Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Melyssa Ford Shares The Importance Of Emotional Healing Following Traumatic Car Accident

Television personality and model Melyssa Ford has found a new appreciation for life following her near-fatal car accident last year. As her fight to a full recovery continues both physically and emotionally, Ford spoke to Essence about her healing journey.

The series, which highlights women who have survived tragedy in various ways, focuses on Ford's brave journey back to a normal life. In June 2018, the media maven was en route to a bridal shower when an 18-wheeler truck clipped the back of her vehicle. The car flipped three times, leaving Ford with a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain and severe cuts and bruises.

Friends like Claudia Jordan and Rosci Diaz were by her side throughout her healing journey, with Jordan opening up a GoFundMe to help with Ford's extensive medical bills. Ford had to relearn cognitive skills like walking and her memory which she still struggles with to this day.

 

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As a Scorpio, we think about Life and Death a lot. Being the sign of Death and Rebirth, we contemplate our mortality frequently, which is why I think we also seem to constantly search for a deeper perspective, in the hopes of transforming to reach our higher Selves. Having an experience that brought me as close to death as I have ever been, I’ve spent the months in recovery thinking A LOT. About the way I want to live the rest of the life God spared and what I have to offer, having been given this chance by Our Creator to discover a greater purpose. But it’s also made me think about LOVE. The outpouring of LOVE I’ve felt the last few months, not just from friends and family but the ways total strangers have supported me in messages left in email and DMs and comments; sharing their own painful stories as a way to create a sense of solidarity with me... man, I don’t know what else to say other than my birthday wish is for YOUR peace, happiness, safety, health and abundance. The pic I chose is an example of LOVE. My two Scorpio Sisters @iamalesharenee and @rocsidiaz in my hospital room trying to raise my spirits with some pampering. I ❤️ them and I ❤️ all of you.

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#tbt I’m normally a pretty private person but if you don’t celebrate your own victories, why would anyone else? This was a month after the crash that almost took my life. I needed to support of a walker from the symptoms of post concussive syndrome. My speech And cognition was affected, I was constantly disoriented and I was scared. But what ended up happening over the next few months of recovery was intense self discovery: things that no longer fit within the realm of who I was or what I could accept or be a part of. Certain relationships fell apart due to the glaring fact that, at my worst moment, ppl I loved and would have done anything for couldn’t seem to muster the same energy for me and made excuses for their lacking. You live and you learn I guess 🤷🏽‍♀️Now that I’m better, my energy will be focused on projects and endeavors that are more reflective of the real me... at the helm of my own ship, charting my own course. Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on and rooted for and prayed for me.

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“It comes back in dreams—the sounds of metal scraping on the pavement, which is one of the most horrible sounds in the world,” she says.“I had to walk with a walker for about a month."

The 42-year-old also spoke to her battle with her ongoing severe depression and active thoughts of suicide. Not in favor of sharing her journey on social media, Ford saw being transparent to her followers as another form of coping and healing.

"I've spent the better part of my life hiding when I was in pain," she tells Essence. "I had this mantra that I used to repeat to myself ever since I was young: 'Never let them see you shook-- never.' That did not work anymore. I was up against something I wasn't prepared for."

Since the unfortunate accident, Ford is confidently glowing on her Instagram feed with positive posts and daring model pics.

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It’s taken awhile to get back to some semblance of normalcy; some things I’ve had to accept as “my new normal” after the car crash. But every time I thought about giving up, I thought about the strong women, both in my life & those I’ve admired from afar, and the perseverance I’ve witnessed them exhibit. It was the motivation I needed to give it ‘just one more day’. Happy #womanshistorymonth Queens! ❤️💕❤️💕 #machinegunmelly #friday #love 📸: @vizualmatt

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"It's taken a while to get back to some semblance of normalcy; some things I've had to accept as "my new normal" after the car crash. But every time I thought about giving up, I thought about the strong women, both in my life & those I've admired from afar, and the perseverance I've witnessed them exhibit. It was the motivation I needed to give it 'just one more day'. Happy #womanshistorymonth Queens!"

The next story in the five-part series will appear in the July/August 2019 issue of Essence. 

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