Interview: Teddy Hyde

July, 19th 2021

Bronte Cook: This is a tough first question, but let’s try it — what does music mean to you?

Teddy Hyde: Music has always been an outlet for me to organize my thoughts outside of my head. It's very helpful to take an idea and just play with it, take it to the physical realm to just be like, what is this? What's actually going on here? When your thoughts are sloshing and whirling inside your skull, it's just hard to keep track of everything. So I find that that that's like a helpful way for me to grow and fit in, assess what's going on with myself. That's basically how I try to approach music. And with that, I end up trying to make a lot of different types of music, because I definitely fluctuate a lot, how I'm feeling on any given day. The limit of sticking to a certain genre isn’t for me, it's helpful to try to express anything and everything through anything and everything, including stuff beyond music. Like, working with animation and with other artists and painters and everything like that. 

BC: What were your experiences with performing and music-making pre-COVID?

TH: I really started working on material for my first album the summer before I came to college, but I was doing music before that. I would take music lessons at a local place, at home. We would have like our own mini concerts, so I had some experience playing live like that since I was six or seven. In terms of performing my own music, I played a couple of shows in my hometown, mostly at cafes. That was my first ever real time playing my own music in front of people. Then I came to Ithaca, and as I started to release music, there were a few different performing opportunities like local house shows and open mics. Junior year and senior year, I lived with other musicians that I played with. So, when we would parties, I would end up playing there sometimes. That was always so much fun, because everybody was there to have a good time and there were a bunch of familiar faces.

BC: You played at The Haunt a few times too, right?

TH: Yeah, yeah, once or twice. Everything before COVID is such a blur!

BC: Have you performed at all since things started reopening? Or do you have plans to?

TH: I want to! Right now I'm in the process of working on new material and trying to finish up an album I've been working on this year. I actually got a studio space that I'm setting up, which is really exciting. Within the next few months, I'd really like to get back out there and do some stuff.

BC: Could you describe your experiences with the Ithaca music scene? What do you think makes it unique from other places?

TH: Ithaca brings a lot of different types of people together, and I think all those different types of people share a respect for each other's differences. They all come from a desire to express themselves. I think that I feel like that speaks a lot to the Ithaca community and breeds a lot of intercommunication between different expressive, creative people. It creates these really fascinating combinations of artwork and music and film. I did my Bachelor's in music composition. Throughout my time there, I befriended a lot of film students just by circumstance. They were making films, and I would score it. I scored something like eight student films. In the process of doing that, I got to witness all their films, learn about them, react to them, develop a relationship through artwork. All sorts of students in the music school get together through all different kinds of ways. A lot of it is that you make friends, and then you find out that your friends are really talented. And then you say, well, what the hell, let's do something at the same time. All sorts of really cool things happen. Everybody's so friendly that it's really easy to make friends and meet people who are willing to give you their time.

BC: What are you most excited about in terms of the return to live music after lockdown?

TH: To be honest, I think I'm most excited about being a consumer of art more than a producer. Especially with the growth I've had throughout college, I feel like I've learned a lot about how important it is to me to be consuming even artwork and appreciating what's being created around me. It's very easy to get tunnel vision and work on your own projects, and that can really diminish your sense of connection to your community. So, I'm most excited to go out and really be there for all these concerts and see all the people that are going to be out there. I think it's going to have a really big impact on me and that feeling of being unified with the world again. I think I think it's gonna do for me what it does for everyone, which is just bring everybody back together.

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