Y Diz: "Miami's Scene Is Popping Right Now"
If you've been to a recent local show in the 305, then chances are you've run into Y Diz.
Whether performing or just hanging out in the crowd, he can be seen around Miami's clubs, rocking his signature long hair and viking-like beard.
Having worked with artists like Afrobeta, Cornerstoners, and Galactic Effect, he has certainly earned his stripes on Miami's music scene. But his main focus remains leading the team of intergalactic superheroes known as Telekinetic Walrus and the Pride of Ions.
We caught up with Y Diz before he left on a three-week musical journey across America's Atlantic Coast with Telekinetic Walrus. The topics of conversation included his kooky name, music and mathematics, and his plans for the future.
Crossfade: Does Y Diz mean anything? Or is it just you playing around with your real name?
Y Diz: It has been my nickname/artist name now for about ten years. It's a little bit of both. It's definitely playing with my real name. But it also describes the hip-hop funkiness in my music and style.
What does it mean to be an Ableton Live Certified Trainer?
I have had lots of students as an Ableton Live Certified Trainer, and get new ones often. I also mix tracks for other local artists as well. Getting certified is a pretty intense process. There is a three-stage interview process that ends in flying to their headquarters and doing multiple in-depth presentations, and this is in front of the guy who wrote the manual, and multiple other really intelligent people who work for Ableton. They only certify a handful of people in the U.S. a year. So if you need Ableton Live lessons, or if you need help making your tracks sound better, hit me up!
What's your role in Telekinetic Walrus?
I am the producer of the band. I use analog synths, drum machines, sing, etc. Most of my time is spent on the Walrus. Especially now with our tour, and all the albums we are working on. There is six of us in the band: The Timezoo Keeper, Corinne Stevie, Faun 5000, Komakozie, and Buffalo, and we are "always in the Laboratory making something new," to quote Corinne Stevie.