Meet the Artist: Hyper-T
Name: Adam Tanuyak aka Hyper-T
City: Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut
Genre: Hip-hop fused with traditional Inuit music.
A bit about myself:
I’m an Inuk hip-hop artist who writes lyrics in Inuktitut and English, trying to create music I wish I had when I was a kid. I had a hard time relating to the raps in the south, but listening to fellow Indigenous artists helped with that.
2pac, Charlie Panigoniak, Northern Haze, Charlie Adams, Team Rezofficial, Wab Kinew and Tudjaat.
The first album I bought:
The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem.
The first concert I went to:
First concert was a Nickelback because Live was opening the concert with their song Lightning Crashes, I did not care too much about Nickelback.
The last concert I went to:
A local concert that featured the winners of an Inuktitut writing contest.
The last song I listened to:
Porchlight by Twin Flames.
My favourite song of all time:
Quviasuppunga by Charlie Adams.
The one song I wish I’d written:
Nothing Else Matters by Metallica.
My dream gig:
Tour around the world sharing my music.
Myself in three words:
Hyper. Understanding. Joker.
Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:
“It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how quickly you can get back up.” And, “For every compliment you get, 10 more bad ones will come.”
Beatles or Rolling Stones:
Beatles. They played Ob La Di, Ob La Da on the local radio all the time in my small town.
What I do to pay the bills:
I have a 9-to-5 job working on databases.
When I’m not making music, I’m …
Working on producing music videos, working on my personal development and educating myself on things I am interested in, like business.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I tried to hang myself when I was 12 years old and have attempted a few more times since then. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t enjoy life until I started reading self-help books and educating myself on depression. That’s when I started to get a grasp on my own life.
If my life were a song, the title would be …
The Pursuit of Happiness.