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.

Influences:

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.”

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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.

 

 

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