UWI Student, Tidefall Creates Balance: Education, Independent Music Career


Tidefall is also a self-taught graphic designer, a skill he used to fund his career in music. – Photo courtesy Tidefall

Recording artist Andre Emmanuel Pachico, also known as Tidefall, said he was proud of his accomplishments and motivated to keep working hard – overcoming the challenges that come with balancing higher education and a growing musical career as a freelance artist.

The musician whose love for film and the natural world led him to pursue a double major in film and geography at UWI, St Augustine, released his debut EP titled Transcending on March 4 and is eagerly awaiting feedback. that he will receive on the body of work.

He said the title of the EP represents people’s ability to “be or go beyond the scope or boundaries of a domain”, which was his goal for this project.

Tidefall has released its music through New York-based international music distributors One Rpm Records, which it says has a hands-on approach to promoting music from independent artists, unlike many other distributors. The company offers the work of artists to multiple music streaming outlets such as iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Rdio, Google Music and Deezer.

Tidefall said he is proud of his accomplishments and is motivated to keep working hard – overcoming the challenges that come with balancing higher education and a growing music career as an independent artist. – Photo courtesy Tidefall

“With this distributor, I can receive 100% of the earnings from my work with a reasonably low upfront fee.”

The 18-year-old singer and songwriter told Newsday that he was pleased with the popularity of his previously released music, allowing him to benefit from an already existing community that is now waiting for his first collection of music.

“A lot of people tell me how much they love my work. On the Spotify for Artists app, my music compiled data showed that most of my music is listened to by people in TT, Philippines and Australia. He said seeing that his work is far-reaching and how many people from different walks of life appreciate his work was inspiring.

Asked about his introduction to music, he said, “I got into music around freshman year at ASJA Boys’ School in San Fernando. That’s when I got interested in producing music. Before even considering being a singer.

Tidefall said his interest in music, however, blossomed when he was in standards four and five at Clarke Rochard Primary School in Penal during piano lessons. He said these classes gave him an introduction to music theory, which sparked a deeper interest.

“As a child, I had a keyboard and learned a lot by practicing on it.”

It was not long before he continued his research and discovered computer applications that allow music to be created by merging the sounds of different instruments, while manipulating beats and rhythms.

The 18-year-old singer and songwriter told Newsday that he was pleased with the popularity of his previously released music, allowing him to benefit from an already existing community that is now waiting for his first collection of music. – Photo courtesy Tidefall

“When I got into production, a door opened and I realized that I didn’t have to buy all the instruments to learn how to make music with the sounds they produce. I was amazed when I realized I could create and recreate music digitally, to a point where the product can be indistinguishable from live instruments.

The self-taught music producer said he also taught himself to sing. “Through practice, my voice has improved, my vocal chords have strengthened, and so have my production skills.”

He said it was only last year that he started putting his vocals on tracks. The first single he released titled LSD is not the sound many would expect to hear from the area. The eclectic sound is more likely to fall under the classification of world music.

Asked about the genres of music he grew up listening to and whether that influenced the type of music he creates, he answered to some extent.

“Even though people think I don’t like our local music, which is an assumption based on the kind of music I make, I really like soca music. But I didn’t want to limit myself by sticking to a specific sound.

He said he grew up hearing and deeply appreciating a wide range of genres such as reggae, soca, chutney soca, pop and others. “When I decided I wanted to pursue a career in music, I didn’t want to work with a specific genre standard and lock myself into that box.”

Some of his biggest musical influences are The Neighborhood band, The Weeknd, Skip Marley and Koffee.

Asked about his lyrical content and whether he was always a writer, he said it came from screenwriting, which he learned due to his interest in film.

“I started to develop the ability to tell stories and it taught me a lot about the many ways of telling stories.”

He said his inspiration came from his life experiences and he was vulnerable enough to write about the emotions he felt during certain events. “Sometimes a theme pops into my head, especially if I think it’s something others may have experienced and can relate to. Other times I’ll create a beat and depending on the energy I get from that beat, the lyrics will flow.

He said one such song is his single Letters to my Child, which he thinks everyone can find relatable. “It’s a reflection on yourself and how far you’ve come in life from where someone is now. How would the younger version of yourself think of you now? With all your changes, are you living up to the expectations of your younger self? »

When asked how it was for him, at 18, to balance school with a growing music career, he said it was difficult. “But I know that in the future I’ll enjoy at least trying to explore my multiple interests, so when I get to that stage in my life, I’ll be sure I made the right choice on the path I wanted to take. I don’t want to look back and wonder. So I think taking risks and exploring all those interests will lessen the likelihood of me wondering if I’ve chosen the right path.

Tidefall said he was lucky to have been given the space to explore his creativity. He said the support of his parents, who are excited about his growth. “My parents didn’t know for a long time how serious I was about music. But I have their support.

Producing music, like any other business, comes at a cost, but Tidefall said he was determined to make it work without asking his parents for help. “To fund my music career, I did graphic designs, in which he is also self-taught, and music production such as creating beats for several clients.”

The EP is a collaboration with music producer Daniel Mohammed, also known as Daniel KB, a friend since high school who he bonded with due to their shared passion for music. The album consists of eight tracks influenced by a range of genres including R&B, alternative, rap and indie rock.

He hopes his music will help expose local listeners to other music sounds born from the creativity of local musicians who mix sounds different from what is typically heard on the radio. “One of my goals is to be able to help create a space where people will support and listen to local artists who produce music outside of the reggae, dancehall and soca niche. TT who appreciate musical genres closely related to what I produce will also support us.

In the future, he would like to work with local artists such as Roy Simmons, Cxdet who have recently emerged in local R&B and trap music spaces. He also aspires to collaborate with music producers such as local producer Mozi Beats and international electronic music sensation Marshmellow.