Country music that amps up the volume
Following a busy summer of Pride festivals, Country artist Ty Herndon is releasing a collection of four dance-focused tracks.
I caught up with Ty Herndon to talk about his latest project.
These four up-tempo tracks that you’re releasing are a collaboration with DJ Little Steve — how did you first connect with DJ Little Steve?
His actual DJ name is DJ-SYNCH. I personally call him Little Steve because his father and I have worked together on four of my former albums. His dad owns and operates Sunset Blvd Studio here in Nashville. His name is Steve Dady. So I’ve known this kid since he was small. I’ve always called him Little Steve.
I was looking to work with some of these young DJs. Honestly, because I know nothing about dance tracks. I asked Big Steve if he knew any young DJs looking for the opportunity to do something cool. Big Steve said my son Little Steve is a pro at it. So we took the actual album tracks and incorporated them into the mixes. Really fun stuff.
Why did you choose these four songs for this collaboration project?
I just wanted something light and fun with the Whitney song — we accomplished that. It got more serious with my number one country hit Living In A Moment — we turned up the heat on that one. Walking in Memphis was somewhat of an experiment — we loved it once it was done, the video is way cool for that one. Finally, we remixed a bad-ass original written by Erik Halbig — it’s actually my favourite — a song called That Kind of Night.
Are these up-tempo tracks indicative of a new direction for your music?
No, not really. I play a ton of Pride festivals around the world. Country is great, however I noticed that we needed to amp up the volume towards the end of the show. So we created these dance mixes to pump the crowd up and close the show.
I have a new country album coming in January, as well as a jazz-classic album coming next summer. I’m obviously having a lot of fun with different types of music.
You’ve released the video for I Wanna Dance With Somebody, but you don’t do much dancing in the video. Are you not much of a dancer?
To be honest, I almost cancelled that video shoot because I was so sick. I was running a high fever the day we shot it. I didn’t feel much like dancing — I had to let my eyes do all the work. I’m actually a great dancer. I grew up on roller skates.
Is the world of Country music more accepting these days of LGBTQ artists?
I believe it is better. We still have a very long way to go.
What are some of your goals and ambitions for the months ahead?
We played a lot of shows this year. I’m just looking forward to the holidays and taking it easy. Next year is going to be another crazy year.
Spending time with both of our families is so important to Matt and I at this time of year. So our goals equal a lot of turkey and Christmas shopping.