Tay Keith Needs To Be As Huge As His Mentor, DJ Khaled

Written by Austin Williams

So far as radio play is anxious, Tay Keith’s producer tag—“Tay Keith, f*ck these n*ggas up”— is presently on its technique to changing into as ubiquitous as DJ Khaled’s emphatic adlibs. A part of that similarity is a results of happenstance, because the 22-year-old beat-maker stumbled his method into a number of hit information with Drake in 2018. But a extra tangible measure of Tay Keith’s success might be present in his Khaled-esque potential to leverage relationships, because the younger artist’s pristine status all through the trade is what landed him his placement on Beyoncé’s HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM earlier this yr.

Although regardless of his regular circulate of chart-climbing singles (or maybe emboldened by it), Tay Keith is seeking to develop one other talent set altogether: DJ-ing, and the artwork of dwell efficiency. Backstage at a Crimson Bull sponsored present in Nashville, three hours from his childhood residence in Memphis, the Tennessee native tells BET, “[DJ-ing] continues to be a studying course of, as a result of I’m nonetheless growing who I’m outdoors of manufacturing.”

There’s a sure irony in the truth that whereas Tay Keith has not less than a handful of songs in each DJ’s Serato, the producer-turned-performer continues to be testing the waters along with his personal music. Tonight will likely be his first time taking part in “Want Want,” his DJ Khaled-assisted banger that includes Cardi B and 21 Savage. Whereas the hit-maker is assured songs like “SICKO MODE” and “STOOPID” will ship his followers right into a frenzy, he’s most curious to learn how his newer work will likely be obtained dwell. For instance, as he performs earlier than a raucous crowd constructed of mini mosh-pits this night, Tay’s omission of his and Beyoncé’s healthful “Earlier than I Let Go” cowl is noticeable.

“The primary lesson I realized [in DJ-ing] is know your crowd,” he says. “It will get difficult generally, however realizing your crowd and the way they understand you is necessary.” As he makes an attempt to ascend to a stage of stardom occupied by his most well-known collaborators, the bright-eyed upstart is each reflective and optimistic. Under, Tay speaks with BET about transitioning from producing to DJ-ing, the potential for a joint venture with Drake, and all the pieces he’s realized whereas being mentored by hip-hop tremendous producer DJ Khaled.

BET: For individuals who primarily know you as a producer, when did first begin pursuing DJ-ing?

Tay Keith: I wish to say like 2016, critically. After I bought to varsity, there was this promotional group. They wished me to DJ for them. [By then] I already knew easy methods to spin. On the time, it was paying payments and it got here with numerous recognition. It helped my title develop inside the Nashville space, coming from Memphis. So I caught with it, and because the producing progressed, so did the DJ-ing.

BET: What’s your favourite non-Tay Keith produced track to spin proper now?

TK: Certainly one of my favourite songs proper now that I ain’t produced is that Playboi Carti and Younger Nudy track “Child Cudi,” even when the true title of the track is “Pissy Pamper.” No matter [it is], that’s my favourite.

BET: As you proceed to construct and play extra underground reveals, what’s been your favourite present so far?

TK: I had an actual good present at UMass. That’s one of many high get together colleges, in order that sh*t was lit as f*ck. I had like three occasions. I had [my own] get together, then I performed a pal’s home get together, then the following day I performed for the precise faculty as their visitor for homecoming. So I bought to expertise several types of crowds.

BET: Have you ever made the transition to DJ-ing festivals but?

TK: No, not but. That’s going to come back, although. I really feel like I’m nonetheless rising. If the chance introduced itself [now], after all I’d do it, however [I know] it’s a course of. It took me some time to get the place I’m at with producing, so I do know it’s going to take me some time to grasp one thing else.

BET: Inform me about how your newest hit “Want Want” happened with DJ Khaled.

TK: Me and Khaled simply have an excellent relationship. He’s one in all my mentors. Khaled is all the time giving me recommendation. He’s all the time telling me what I can enhance on. Greater than something, now we have an excellent relationship outdoors of music. I really feel like that’s helped numerous producers [like him] within the sport—having nice relationships with artists.

BET: With Khaled being your mentor, do you ever see your self crafting and releasing your individual albums the best way he does?

TK: Yeah, for certain. I bought sh*t cooking up.

BET: Might a kind of albums be a collaborative venture with Drake? After he snapped on these 4 songs you probably did collectively, that’s what persons are ready for.

TK: I imply, it’s all about timing, you recognize? We bought dumb songs again to again to again, however [most of] these weren’t even Drake songs. Solely “Nonstop” was a Drake track. All the opposite songs had been options. When the time is correct, that’s when [an actual project] will come.

BET: In order that’s a sure? It’s one thing we’ll presumably see sooner or later?

TK: I wouldn’t doubt it. That’s what I would like.

(Photograph by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

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