When Tyla Warskitt decided to chase her dream of dance, she did not expect to be releasing a debut album only a few years later. Here’s an insight into her journey from small town Guyra girl to rising star – Tyla Guy.
Give us a brief insight into your childhood and where you were raised.
I was lucky enough to have had an amazingly supportive upbringing, as I grew up in a small country town called Guyra. And as most people would know, it is an extremely tight-knit neighbourhood – so my childhood is a very cherished memory of mine.
My two sisters and I were raised by my mum, as my father passed away in 1994. And since then, she has invested all of her time, money and effort to make sure we get anything and everything we put our mind to. I’ve been so blessed to have a mother as strong and supportive as I do – and not to mention my sisters, who keep me as motivated as they are.
When did you first discover your talent for music?
Well, I was thrown into Jazz and ballet at the ripe old age of 3, and it wasn’t for a further 10 years until some talent started to surface. When I was 15, I auditioned for a reputable performing arts school in Sydney that I desperately wanted to attend … but the weird thing was, I auditioned for dancing, but I only got in for singing.
After attending Brent Street Performing Arts for 3 years and taking all sorts of classes, including dancing, singing and acting, I realised I was working double time on dancing, but getting more accolades for singing.
I’d always loved singing and writing, so I thought I would try my hand at it. So I hounded down my current producer, Louis Schoorl and started recording a few months afterwards. Then everything was a snowball effect – gigs in the USA, an ‘Album Launch’ and a management contract, so it wasn’t until then that I went, “Hang on a second, maybe I could do this”.
Do you write your own songs?
Yes, I do write my own songs. Currently I am working with a lot of different people to help me with my writing abilities, who I am over the moon about collaborating with. It’s such an honour to be in a recording studio where Delta Goodrem, Mel B (Spice Girls), Jessica Mauboy, etc have produced their albums and to look around and see ARIA awards everywhere. It was a big milestone for me.
At the moment my management are teaming me up with established Australian artists and producers to work on my brand, meaning to find my style musically and physically, but more so to find what my strong points are and use them to my advantage.
How does it feel to hear your songs on air?
Pretty damn awesome! Honestly, there are times when you sit there and go, this is never going to happen, but then things just always seem to fall right into place. The support of my hometown, Armidale and Guyra, has just been so touching. So to see everyone happy to help out with exposure and air time is just amazing.
What has been the highlight in your career so far?
The highlight of my career thus far would have to be working with Jon Stevens, former frontman of INXS and Noiseworks. We met through my producer and good friend, Louis Schoorl – Jon recorded at his studio.
Jon is just such a down to earth guy; I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor. He has allowed me to rack his brain, sponge everything I can out of him about the industry and to call on him for a scare tactic.
He has been a huge help, and I can’t thank him enough.
Tell us about your debut album ‘33 Times Over’.
‘Tyla Guy, 33 Times Over’ was dedicated to my father, Guy Warskitt, who died at 33-years-old. I wanted my first album to be for him, as I know he would have been very proud.
A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into the writing and production process of ‘33 Times Over’, and in a way, without him the inspiration and leverage to go after what I had only dreamed of wouldn’t have happened.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Doing what I love for a living. I’m hoping in 10 years’ time I’ll have sold out Acer Arena shows! It’s a little bit worrying otherwise, because I have nothing else to fall back on – so it’s all or nothing I guess.
If you could perform with anyone, who would it be, and why?
I would perform with Ben Harper. He has been an idol of mine since I can remember, and he is just heaven to my ears. So performing with him would be a dream come true!
Thank you Tyla.