We had the good fortune of connecting with Linden Tyson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linden, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always had a passion for art and music since I was a kid. I felt like it was a great way to escape my reality for a bit and express myself better than words can.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from other artists is how much I embrace my uniqueness. We live in a world where everyone wants to be like someone else as opposed to just being who they are. I’m not afraid to do that, and my music is just a further expression of that belief.
Getting to where I am today has been a rollercoaster experience. I’m thankful & happy with where I am, but I believe the reason I had some of the hardships I did, was based on my impatience and feeling as If I had to match up to what other artists are doing. The way I was able to overcome that insecurity was just focusing on myself and what I had planned and creating the best I could with the gifts that God gave me. Since then, I’ve been able to achieve a multitude of things, including being placed on a billboard in my city that I’ve dreamed of being on since I was 11 years old.
I want my music & brand to be a home for those who feel as if they don’t belong, a hospital for those who feel broken, and a counselor to those who feel as if that they’re not understood. Lack of acceptance and low self-esteem are common struggles we frequently face as human beings, especially in a society where our surroundings & social media, are constantly making us feel more and more insecure about the way we look, think, and feel about ourselves. I want to change that, and hopefully encourage people to embrace who they are, because I remember a certain time in my life where I didn’t do any of those things and how low I felt. No one should ever have to feel like that.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I can’t name all my favorites but here’s a few:
– The Varsity: Vintage ATL venue, lots of great food (especially their Hot Dogs.)
– Rosati’s Pizza and Sports Pub in Buckhead: Love the Sicilian-style pizza here, it’s great.
– Adult Swim Studios: Adult Swim was a HUGE part of my childhood growing up, I think tons of other people can say the same. When I discovered that their studios are here in Atlanta, I was SUPER happy my parents decided to move us here.
I still watch the Toonami on Saturdays (if I’m able to) and catch up on as much Anime I can. I have never been inside of the studios but it’s my dream to get a tour of it one day. It’s just a fun place to walk up to and just look around, especially if you grew up on it.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
God is the backbone and the centerpiece of my success. Without him? (Forget about it….) EVERYTHING is pointless. I also give credit to my amazing family and friends, my mother & pops for believing in me, and my brothers and sister for always being by my side.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5yBdzbchn48yN5YVUVDjuB SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/linden-tyson
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