TYLA YAWEH IS A LEGENDARY POKEMON IN TRAINING
Words by Mustafa Afraz / Photography by Chris Loutfy
Traveling the world playing alongside global sensations Post Malone and Jaden Smith, Tyla Yaweh compares stadiums to training centers, declaring his peers as masters well on their way to victory road. Currently wrapping up the final legs of Post’s worldwide tour, the Florida crooner dropped by Sydney to open a run of three sold-out, back-to-back Qudos Bank Arena shows. Having just dropped his debut solo project “A Heart Full Of Rage” just a few months prior, the soon to be rockstar is on a stellar run headed straight for stardom.
It is clear from the jump that Tyla borrows a lot from rock culture, citing influence from My Chemical Romance, Green Day and Jim Morrisson, even sporting a half completed stomach tattoo of the icon. Further stating: “When I found out about Jim Morisson I was instantly like yep this is who I wanna be like when I grow up”, a major bonding topic for him and Post Malone he claims. Initially meeting Post and his manager Dre London after opening two shows in his hometown of Orlando, Tyla maintained a close connection with the pair while working on his craft; eventually leading to signing with the pairs joint label venture: London Entertainment.
Since announcing the signing, joining Post Malone’s world tour and putting out his debut project, Tyla has had a busy 2019, quoting it as his breakout year. “2018 for me was cool I feel I had the momentum going, but 2019 I really broke through and it’s crazy to say that I have to move different now. It’s a blessing to be on the otherside of the world, like coming from the hood in Orlando, I know people that haven’t even been to Disneyland yet”. Attributing a fair share of the success to a highly energetic stage presence and cohesive first collection offering.
A few of “A Heart Full Of Rage” catalogue tell euphonious story’s of Mr.Yawehs’ youth in Orlando, but none more striking than “Who Shot Johnny”. The song warns of the impending danger of gang lifestyle with Tyla speaking further: “If you want to live that life the consequences are in front of you, I just want to show people that you can make a positive outcome from a negative experience by using music as an outlet”. Another shining moment of the tape comes with an assist courtesy of French Montana on “Salute”, taking a less of the narrative route and opting more towards a party-ready anthem.
Despite his rigorous schedule as of late, Tyla has no intention of slowing down, returning to home turf for more solo shows and studio time; in pursuit of releasing a potential “Heart Full Of Rage 2”. Remaining humble through the pitfalls of fame, he has surrounded himself with the correct company and mindset for success, having conquered and received his gym badges for Europe New Zealand and now Australia.