Artist Interview: Tussel
Tell us about yourself and your music
I’m a recovering addict, drugs and struggle ran man life right into the ground. And then music helped bring me out of the darkness. And allow my story to be told. So my drive is to promote positivity, peace, and motivation for change and hope in the lives of others. The message behind my music is that of growth and inspiration. To live in the moment, and follow your heart.
Talk to us more about your latest release
My latest release is a single called “My Feeling” and it’s about what it took to find the courage to chase the dream and the trials I’ve endured to get there. An open thought perspective. We just finished the video up last week. And it features some of my favorite spots in Austin. Where I’m from.
What inspired you to write this release?
I was in a place of frustration actually, feeling like my music wasn’t going to be heard and just working really hard to get by seemed like the only motion that was happening. That’s where the title came from. That’s the “Feeling” the jumping off point. Where you either do something or accept it and stay the same. And I’m not one to choose the latter.
Any plans to release a video?
I’m working on some new video bios and music videos. I want to tell my story and instead of praising the hard life, selling drugs and all that. Show the other side. And how anything is possible if you believe and put faith to the test. So, I’m going to express that in the future videos to come. I think we need more of a positive twist on this genre. And just in music in general. We’ve gotten away from the purpose and energy of it.
Any plans to hit the road?
Well, the hope is to line some shows up when my Album “Grow or Die” hits. But as of now I’m just focused on getting it finished up. And maybe hitting SXSW IN the spring.
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
Like I said I bring a different message. To overcome and be inspired by the little things in life. As a sober artist, it’s harder to get a crowd with to fill up a club where they sell drinks. But the goal is to stand out and help make a change in the game.
Who have you been listening to lately?
I’ve been on this Logic, Russ, and Run the Jewels tip lately. But I listen to everything. That’s just what gets me to that place of inspiration. I have Kendricks album in the car right now. And a tribe called quest was playing out pretty loudly yesterday with me and my sister in the car. Haha.
Tell us about your passions
I am passionate about helping other addicts. So I do my part and get out there to treatment centers and meetings to share my experience. A big part of my life is to teach and inspire. Another goal of mine is to build a studio where I can bring troubled teens in to show them the work and inspire them to take a different direction and go for their dreams.
What else is happening next in your world?
The plan is to get back to school and finish my music degree. Learn the Audio Engineer side and also get my real estate license to have a side gig that helps jump start my music career.It’s hard trying to come up with money to market when you’re independent.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Russel!