Ty Mayfield

Ty Mayfield makes some fantastic feel-good, piano-driven music – a refreshing sound that I’m looking forward to on my ride home after a loooong Friday at work. The man of two cities (Tulsa and Dallas) has a new record out that you’d appreciate on your commute as well, titled “Give Me a Second”. Ty himself gets into it: “You can expect a good mix of pop music from tracks, ‘19 to 2’ and ‘Stumble Upon You’, to just great soul songs, ‘Elevate’ and ‘One Man Army’. 

The title of the track came from the title song, ‘Give Me A Second’ which is just about having a great time and I named the CD after it because I wanted the fans to just give the CD a second, give it a listen.” Not asking for much, right? If you can’t sample the record itself, just head over to Mayfield’s FaceBook page, where you’ll hear “piano pop/rock.” Ty continues, “It’s kind of a mix between Gavin DeGraw, The Rocket Summer, a few singer/songwriters, and Owl City. However, I believe it stands out over the others because my sound doesn't quite define itself in a specific genre. It crosses two or three.” Check out “Give Me a Second” and the tour schedule for more information. There’s a lot more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s. XXQs: Ty Mayfield

 

PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others?

Ty Mayfield (TM): I would probably describe my sound as piano pop/rock. Kind of a mix between Gavin DeGraw, The Rocket Summer, a few singer/songwriters, and Owl City. However, I believe it stands out over the others because my sound doesn't quite define itself in a specific genre. It crosses two or three to where there's usually something for everyone, whether it be my poppy side in "19 to 2" or my soulful side in "Elevate".

PEV: A man of two cities, calling both Tulsa and Dallas home, what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

TM: Well, I started out as a drummer. I've been playing the drums since I was six years old. So, a lot of what I listened to was focused towards the drums and the music around it. Music from Relient K and Yellowcard to Phil Collins and The Police. However as my focus started changing to singing and the piano, artists like Gavin and Stevie Wonder became the type of music I was listening to consistently. Those two artists would have to be my two main influences.

PEV: What was it like for you when you first started out in the music business and trying to make a name for yourself? Any "war stories" from those early years?

TM: Honestly I feel as if I am still in the "war story" zone. I released my first EP a little over a year ago now and it has been a long but encouraging road since then. I remember doing some acoustic shows and singing so loud on one in particular that I blew out the Mic cable. I had to sing without a mic the rest of the night.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself - "I am really onto something!"?

TM: Well this last spring I got the news from my managers that Hollister wanted to use my song, 19 to 2, on its summer playlist that it plays for stores. That was the first time I really thought, this might actually go somewhere real. I've always thought it actually, just first time it was a reality.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live Ty Mayfield performance?

TM: If you get a chance to come to one of my shows you can expect some great music that gets you off your feet, and some killer vocals. I try to make the fans supporting me get involved in the set and just enjoy the night.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?

TM: Let's do this.

PEV: Any preshow rituals before you take the stage or do you just wing it?

TM: I drink a ton of water. So much in fact that I usually have to use the restroom multiple times before my set. 

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

TM: My inspiration comes from love, heartbreak, having a great time, and just breaking free from your surroundings.

PEV: Tell us about your latest work, "Give Me A Second" - what can fans expect from this work? Why this title?

TM: You can expect a good mix of pop music from tracks, 19 to 2 and Stumble Upon You, to just great soul songs, Elevate and One Man Army. The title of the track came from the title song, "Give Me A Second" which is just about having a great time and I named the CD after it because I wanted the fans to just give the CD a second, give it a listen.

PEV: Do you ever find yourself getting writer's block and if so, how do you get over that?

TM: I have writers block all the time. What I usually do is just sit at the piano and wait, sometimes even for hours.

PEV: What's one thing we'd be surprised to hear about Ty Mayfield?

TM: I actually taught ballroom dancing to middle school children.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew you wanted one day for music was going to be a career for you?

TM: Well I had always done music from when I was growing up but in middle school I strayed away from sports, I'm a huge sports fan by the way, and got to focus on music.

 

PEV: What one word best describes Ty Mayfield?

TM: Contagious.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

TM: Well this past summer I was doing a tour across the Midwest and I was blessed enough to have some amazing shows with some amazing bands, however we also had some really hard times with mix-ups on communication and just shows that didn't work out. But realistically that's the life of a musician, and you take the good and the bad. I love what I do.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

TM: In the USA - California. Out of the USA - Great Britain 

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What's it like when you get to play at your hometown?

TM: My friends and family have been so encouraging and supportive every step of the way and I couldn't do it without them. I love them dearly.

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

TM: Studying or golfing. 

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

TM: Lately I have been listening to a lot of My Red & Blue, however I have two friends that are amazing musicians that you should check out. Ryan Burton is a southern rocker, kind of a NEEDTOBREATHE kind of feel. His album The Lower Road is brilliant. He has this song, A Thousand Times - BRILLIANT. Also I have a friend named Laura K Webb who just got the masters back of her debut EP, Serious EP. I had the privilege to listen to it and if you like Country/Pop music, Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, you will LOVE this album. Some of the tunes I still can't get out of my head.

PEV: If you weren't playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

TM: Um... Studying a lot more than I am currently! Haha Honestly I could see myself as an accountant, I love math. 

PEV: So, what is next for Ty Mayfield?

TM: Well hopefully I will be hitting the road here soon and doing some shows. So if you are in the Midwest be on the lookout!

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