Getting To Know... Tiyto

Having already cemented themselves with a batch of riveting releases these last few years, Buckinghamshire-based trio Tiyto are back at it once again on their latest single 'Reside'.

Capturing more of that rich and emotive pop-rock aesthetic they are quickly earning a reputation for, 'Reside' makes for a dazzling return to form for the three-piece. Brimming with warm and infectious textures from start to finish, they continue to shine as one of the more exciting names on the rise right now.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with vocalist and keyboardist Stuart to find out more about his origins and what has been inspiring him most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I had previously played the clarinet and keyboard at school, but the first instrument I fell in love with was the piano. My parents bought one for the house when I was around 14 and I was obsessed.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I used to love a range of music; from Linkin Park to Craig David. “Hybrid Theory” and “Born To Do It” were the albums which I would play the most as a kid.

What was the first album you remember owning?

This was Boney M Greatest Hits; a present from my Grandma on my 9th birthday. I have only recently dug this out again and it is currently in my car. You can’t beat their version of “Heart Of Gold”.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Simply Red – “Holding Back The Years”. It is so powerful, timeless and it always gets to me!

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

To be honest I find the harder you try to write new music, the harder it is to create. When you get in the mindset of writing new music, things just seem to come to you. I find I write the best stuff when my mind is free. Like on a walk, in the shower or riding my motorbike. But when I have created the base of the track, then it is a case of locking myself away and getting to work.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Aside from Boney M, recently I have been listening to a lot of Japanese House after going to see them in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

I would say Foals, they are my favourite band I have seen live and their energy would be contagious.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

I find the most rewarding part is seeing a simple idea which comes to your head, develop into a real song gradually. I love listening to the mixes of the track on repeat at every stage of the process. And then even more once it is all completed.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The most frustrating part is when you make changes to a track which make it worse. And then can’t get it back quite how it was before. And also trying to do social media for the band is a struggle for us.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

To write songs for yourself, instead of trying to create something you think others may like.


Tiyto's new single 'Reside' is out now. Check it out in the player below.