We had the good fortune of connecting with Timothy “TYMMYT” Trumpet, Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Timothy “TYMMYT”, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
Take your time to make what you want. For the longest time I felt like I was in a rush, that I needed to look like someone else or act like someone else in order to achieve my goals. Being an artist taught me that all things take time to be great and everything will fall into place when it needs to in the exact way it should of you just stay diligent, go at your own speed and build with what you have.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I would say the honesty in my music is what makes it different from other artists. I feel like so many musical artists nowadays try hard to project a certain image so outside of who they are. I have always used music and writing to express myself so it only makes sense that I’m as honest as I can be.
For sure there have been obstacles in trying to stay on a path that’s my own, mostly because it’s hard for independent artists to be heard when there’s just so much music being released nowadays. It takes more than being unique to really get something going. You have to be smart and actually learn the business of music; how to market your sound and who to market it to. Otherwise, you’re releasing music for nobody but yourself.
One of the most important things I’ve learned while on this journey is to never give up. Sure there are times I feel stagnant but overall I know that I’m taking everything one day at a time. Understanding that balance also taught me the power of collaboration. Collaborating with people you trust to make something great is the only way to go when you’re trying to make anything work. My friend Max “Noshows” Satow and I have been collaborating for a long time and seeing how much we’ve grown together and individually is so amazing. I think right now that’s the thing I’m most excited to see: what Noshows and I come up with the next time we link up.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a big flexer when it comes to showing people my city. I feel like everyone is when you really care about who you’re showing it off too. I’d probably take my friend to see everything from like touristy sites like the World of Coca-Cola to some of my favorite spots like Junkman’s Daughter to buy clothes and crazy props for like an awesome photo shoot in Little Five Points. Hopefully that all could still happen with Covid running around.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I think one person who I always think of when I’m in a tight spot is my dad. Growing up seeing how hard he worked to provide for my family really stuck with me and helps me to contextualize my own work ethic as I get older. My dad is the reason I know that if I’m going to do anything in life I have to give it my all and be humble enough to take things from square one .
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