INTERVIEW: Ty Dolla Sign Talks 'Beach House 3,' Love Of Making Music & More
By Isha Thorpe
October 26, 2017
The wait is finally over! After releasing the first Beach House project back in 2012 and the second in 2013, Ty Dolla $ign has dropped his much-anticipated Beach House 3 album.
From the first time we heard $ign's vocals, we instantly became fans. Then, we learned that he also writes his own songs; plays multiple instruments like the piano, guitar, bass and drums; and we became even more obsessed with the star. He's the definition of a true recording ARTIST. $ign starts from scratch and creates art!
So, when it was announced that the superstar was dropping Beach House 3, we already knew that it was going to be one of the best music projects of the year. Consisting of 20 -- yes, TWENTY -- songs, the album showcases the many skills that $ign possesses.
Some of the guest features on the LP include YG, Future, Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne and much more. Since announcing the project, $ign has been releasing single after single from it, which confirmed to us that the artist definitely wasn't playing around with this album. He went all in and we love him for it.
Without a doubt, $ign is one of the best entertainers in the music industry at this very moment. Thanks to the immense talent that he has, we can bet money that the Beach House 3 artist isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. Not only do we know this, but fellow artists understand this, as well. Why else would singers and rappers be running to ask him for a collaboration? You can't turn on the radio without hearing at least two or three songs he's on, at one time. This guy is the truth and is here to stay.
So, in honor of his new masterpiece album, Beach House 3; iHeartRadio spoke with the star about its recording process, its features, what he loves most about music and much more.
Check out our interview with the one and only Ty Dolla $ign below. Buy Beach House 3 here.
How was it making Beach House 3?
Making Beach House 3 was amazing. It was one of the funnest times of my life. Great energy all around me. Great musicians, great people. I can't wait for you guys to hear it.
Who’s featured on the album and why?
Everyone that I feature is because I like their tone. I like their style. I like their lyrics. I like their vibe, I like their sound. I look at people just like I look at a bass, or a guitar, or a keyboard. When it comes to music, it's all instruments. It's all frequency and when I feel like I want someone's frequency added to my song, I call out on them and we build. So, that's why I feature people.
I have John Mayer, I have The-Dream, I have Lil Wayne, I have YG, Tory Lanez, Future, Swae Lee, 24hrs, Jeremih, Pharrell, Damian Marley, Skrillex, MadeinTYO, Lauren Jauregui, and Nate Howard. Nate Howard is always featured on everyone one of my projects. He's always done the intro spoken word. Now, he's on the last song. But, it's still the intro and he did the spoken word again. It was beautiful. I love everything he does for the community and for the people.
What are you most excited for your fans to hear from the project?
I'm most excited for them to hear the project in its entirety from the first song to the last song because we spent so much time making the whole body of work, and making it make sense, and making it one thing in cohesive. Even though there's so many different styles... So, it's like the first song you get acoustic, then that [song] you can dance to, you could bounce to. There's something for everybody on there. So, I want them to hear it in its entirety.
What made you want to make these Beach House installments?
Really, Beach House 1 was my second mixtape. It was just the vibe at the time because first, I made House On The Hill, and that was from my old crib. Then, I had In The Hills and my dream was always to move to the beach. This was like a dream that was really my parents dream. But then, they broke up and I guess they forgot about it because they moved on in life. But, I never forgot about the dream. And Beach House for me is just a metaphor for success or a dream -- Actually like going after your dreams, and manifesting them, and making them happen. That's what Beach House is about.
So, that's how that happened. We got to three because one was so successful. We put out Beach House 2, which had 'Paranoid' and 'Or Nah,' and [it] went quadruple platinum. Now, we're back with Beach House 3. I'm just excited for y'all to hear it.
Why did you decide to accompany Beach House 3’s release with a short film?
I decided to accompany Beach House 3 with a short film because I felt like people should know more about me. I want to let people more inside of my life. I've only put out music and I've never talked about me so much. When you heard about Free TC, it was more about my brother and what he was going through. But, never did I really let people know what was actually going on with me. So, Beach House 3 the film, that's what I hope it does with the fans.
What’s the best beach house party you’ve ever been to?
The best beach house party I've ever been to was Puff Daddy's after Ultra Miami. It was from 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. until like 2:00 p.m. the next day. And Puff knows how to party (laughs).
You previously said that you change the radio station when your music comes on. Why?
Yeah, I change the radio station when my music comes on because just think about it. I spend like hours and hours and hours and hours making the songs and then mixing the songs. I'm hands-on from the beginning until the end, right? And then, when I first hear it come out on the radio, I'm still a little bit anxious like, 'Is it gonna go or not?'
What do you love most about making music?
What I love most about making music is experimenting with different sounds. It's like a puzzle. You start with one idea, one melody or one rift on the guitar. Whatever starts the song, right? And then, it's just like a fire you... You just start from one spark and then it could take down acres on acres, you know? It's the same thing with music. You start there from one little thing and then it can bring millions and millions of people together from all different types of upbringings and races, gender, whatever. That's like my favorite part of music. Just something starting from nothing, turning into something. Just like my life (laughs).
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