Tyde Levi hasn’t always made music, but you’d be forgiven for thinking he has. The Melbourne-based, Perth-bred artist sings with a confidence and presence well beyond his 19 years.
His debut self-titled EP introduced the world to Tyde’s smooth alt-R&B style, inspired by the likes of the acclaimed and effortlessly cool Frank Ocean and SZA. This warm and fluorescent collection of songs about love, heartbreak and adolescence were written and produced with renowned songwriter Daniel Johns and successful avant-pop due Cosmo’s Midnight. Lead single ‘Goldchains’ was premiered on Beats 1 by Zane Lowe, features horns from members of seminal hip-hop group The Roots and earned him 2 million streams. The song was accompanied by a stunning video premiered by The Fader and choreographed by Aaron Sillis, credited with working with the Rihanna, Katy Perry, FKA twigs, Justin Bieber and Kylie Minogue, to name a few. The standards were set high from the beginning for Tyde, begging the question, where to from here for the bright-eyed kid from Perth?
A year on from his EP release, Tyde Levi has returned with his new single ‘Flying So Far’. Taking the time to hone his songwriting in preparation for the next phase of his career, Tyde spent the latter half of 2018 and early 2019 leaving the comfort and familiarity of home to write in Norway, London and Los Angeles. ‘Flying So Far’ was written during his time in London with Jacob Attwooll (Tom Grennan, Olly Murs) and Jon Eyden (Måns Zelmerlöw, Benjamin Ingrosso), and shows a darker, grittier side to Tyde, exploring decisions he’s had to make in his transition from adolescence to adulthood.
"I think a lot of the time, as a teenager, you start to battle with decisions you've never faced before and you want to handle them in your own way, but the people close to you still feel they have a say in what you can and can’t do”, says Tyde of the lyrical themes of the song. “In 'Flying So Far' I have this internal conversation and struggle with myself over making a decision that I know might affect the people around me. I’ve tried to encapsulate what it can be like to be so torn between doing what’s right for you, or the people closest to you. Even to this day I am still torn on certain choices and decisions, and this internal conversation plays over and over in my head. ‘Flying So Far’ is by far the most vulnerable and intimate song I have written. I don't want to hide anything. I don't want to sugar coat my problems. That just wouldn't be a true depiction of who I want to be".
2019 also saw the debut of Tyde’s live show at Vanfest, alongside Golden Features, PNAU, Mallrat, Broods, Eves Karydas and more. Backed by a seasoned live band who also perform with Japanese Wallpaper, Tyde has gone on to support CXLOE, Honne, Mansionair and his brother Troye Sivan on their national tours in Australia. With more new music and shows on the horizon, all eyes will be on Tyde Levi in 2020.