Andrew Lambert took a leap of faith. He reached out to some kid he barley knew, and asked if he wanted to make music. Little did he know at the time that taught me one of the most valuable lessons I have learned on this path. You don’t know if you don’t try. It gave me reassurance that some one was able to reach out and say hey I see you make music, lets link up, because as we already know its easy to lose confidence while making music. Coach Tito’s style has evolved from Andrew to Tito to TONY GENE, back to Coach Tito, and I have personally seen him grow immensely as a producer, lyricist, overall artist and friend. Coach Tito and I have been through a pretty cool summer, we made a scene and dipped off stage which sucked at the time but looking back at it; that was pretty cool, and we spent plenty of nights trying to perfect our own sounds individually, and as a collective. We founded Jetty Rock entertainment, and who knows where we as individuals left to go, I have this blog, The Catalog, and Tito has a bunch of cool new things coming up in the near future as well.
Keep this in mind, Coach Tito said this:
“Dont be afraid to like something.”
Welcome to Tito’s World.
1. Who is Coach Tito, versus Adnrew Lambert?
Andrew Lambert was, as nicely put as I can, the name given to me. I dont have an altar ego or anything, its just a name that appeals. Coach Tito is the voice for myself. Both people are interconnected
2. You play many instruments and are very well versed in music history so, how important is a diverse music background?
Music is music. At the end of the day, if you only like one type of music and do it well, then god bless. You dont have to be any sort of expert to enjoy music, thats what makes it beautiful. For me, it just started with the drums & guitar. It just kept spiraling and everytime I would learn a new instrument it was like a little accomplishment. I was addicted to learning everything music had to offer, and still am. I’ll listen to conscious rap like Pro Era, then go to stuff like the Chili Peppers or MCR, and then spend some time listening to compositions from the baroque era. I love how music has evolved and the idea of fusing genres, so for me, the best way to do that is to endulge myself in every genre.
3. What is your “Pearl of Wisdom?”
My pearl of wisdom is to just be yourself. I know it sounds cliche but its true. Listen to what stimulates your mind. I’ll never call a music taste trash because if thats what you like, then that music has served its purpose. Dont be afraid to like something. My all time favorite band is Pink Floyd, and as someone who is involved in the hip hop genre, that strikes oddly with most. If you love crazy shit like GWAR, then f**k it. embrace it. if you stick to whay you truly like, music becomes so much more fun. Also keep an open mind.
4. Who is your biggest influence musically, why?
I honestly dont think I can narrow down one influence. So many artists have done so much for me. I was raised on Led Zeppelin, just because my dad loves them, so naturally elements in their music will occur in my music. Pink Floyd is my all time favorite, so their melodic and trippiness is there. I love Travis Scott, so its obvious theres trap elements, and I love Joey Badass so theres gonna be jazzy rap elements as well. As a bluesy guy, I love Hendrix and SRV, so you see those elements in my
guitar playing style, while more intense stuff like My Chemical Romance and The Story So Far comes out in my drumming. Lyrics surprisingly come from Chris Cornell, Gerard Way, and Eddie Vedder. Those guys have a way with words that connects to me. So I mean, my biggest influence I guess would have to be John Mayer at the end of the day. He is the reason I picked up a guitar in the first place, and like me, he adapts elements from all over in his music and coverd many genres.
5. What is your favorite song or lyric of yours?
I honestly think my favorite song I’ve ever made is Neverland. That song is about a lot of things, but mostly my unconventional mind and how weird I see the world. I’ve always felt a disconnect with the general population, and that song is me embracing my strange mind and recognizing the beauty in that. I also love the instrumental.
6. Speak candidly for a second about “demons” and fighting them, how can you encourage yourself and people?
There was a point in my life where I didnt like who I was. I was struggling with a multitude of things ranging from deaths, breakups, as well as self control with certain things. I realized that I was spending more time f****d up at parties than connecting with people. I was arrogant, an assh*le with a short temper, and was getting in bar fights for the sake of fighting. I was in an odd place and it took those who are true to me and music for me to step back and evaluate. Instead of seeing who I was and falling deeper into depression, I changed my ways. I vowed to become a better person, and connect with people and develop patience. I realized that what I was getting from these substances was nothing substantial, and that my heart was elsewhere. The hardest part about dealing with demons is recognizing them. Once you have the courage to say “Hey. Im messing up, let me fix this,” things get better.
7. When did you start taking music seriously? How far do you plan on taking it?
In eighth grade I played drums, guitar, and piano in front of an approximately 3 thousand person crowd, and I loved it. I loved every second of it. I dedicated my high school career to perfecting my craft and one day over winter break I got into making beats. I knew Trevon (me) was into rap, so I took a complete risk and just hit him up. We werent that close at the time, but after one session, we made an instant connection. Fast forward, I spent most of my summer in a studio and on stage with Trevon and Joe. Now i consider Trevon easily as one of my best friends and what makes it so enjoyable is how much fun we have with it. We take music seriously, its our outlet, but the day I take it too seriously and I stop having fun with it, thats the day ill be done with it