In the midst of all the turmoil, Tirado discovered his love for writing and creating music at age 13. He began quietly working on his craft. Driven by his passion and life long goal of providing a better life for his family; he decided to dedicate himself fully to his music in 2016. The network he has built and his undeniable talent has helped him land both features and support from major artists like Lil’ Boosie,Beenie Man, and most recently Lil Baby.
Tirado is back and gearing up to take the music industry by storm with new music, a wealth of experience, and a fresh, new perspective. His upcoming, debut EP Progress Report is a testimony of his journey as an emerging artist and a young man trying to navigate today’s climate both professionally and personally. He intends to use his music as a vehicle that allows him to educate the generation after him on the importance of being business minded both inside and outside of the industry. Living by the motto, “Whatever you put first, you will be the most successful at”. Tirado has now made his music his primary focus and the proof is in the pudding. The single is available on ALL streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, Audiomack, etc.
He announced his signing to Roc Nation’s Equity Distribution. The 25-year-old Florida native made a debut last fall with the release of “ Cash Rules ” featuring Lil’ Baby. Now, the indie artist is back with a rags-to-riches anthem that documents the journey of his latest ventures. “Never Had Nothing,” his new single, is a tune with lyrics driven by Tirado’s passion and longtime desire of providing a better life for his family. He discovered his love for creating music at an early age yet hadn’t decided to make his craft an official priority until a few years ago. His undeniable talent plus the network he has built over time has helped him not only become a better artist but also a knowledgeable businessman.
Tirado’s debut EP (“Progress Report”), set for Spring 2020 release, is a testimony of his struggles as an emerging star trying to navigate today’s climate both professionally and personally.His goal is to solidify a platform as a top-tier entertainer and entrepreneur with hopes of improving conditions in the Hispanic & African-American communities. To achieve that objective, Equity Distribution will provide a handful of resources that allows Tirado’s music to reach the mass media while retaining ownership of his masters.
“I live by the motto, ‘whatever you put first, you will be successful at.’ I made a decision to focus on my music so I can’t lose as long as I remain focus. I hope my music speaks to new artists about the importance of understanding the business aspect of the music industry.”
I recently had the privilege of speaking with singer/rapper Gabriel Tirado about the his menswear style as an influencer, his current single, “Never Had Nothing” and how it feels to ink a deal with Roc Nation’s Equity Distribution!
Joseph DeAcetis: Talk to Forbes about your personal background?
Gabriel Tirado: Growing up in Rivera had its ups and down. But at the same time, people in the ‘hood tend to know how to have fun. You’re less fortunate but you have to make the best of your situation. I moved around a lot so that helped me stay out of trouble because I wasn’t in one spot for too long. My childhood wasn’t the easiest so knowing what I’m running from makes me strive to be better. As a Puerto Rican and African American man, I think my experiences give my music much more substance. I have a lot to talk about.
JD: Talk to Forbes in detail about the current single, “Never Had Nothing,” and upcoming EP, “Progress Report; “what you are seeking to achieve?
GT: My current single, “Never Had Nothing, gives you a little insight on who I am and where I come from and what I come from! I’m hoping for this EP, “Progress Report,” to paint a clearer picture for listeners to have an understanding of who Gabriel Tirado is. I think it’s important for us to reflect on our journey and actually acknowledge how far we’ve come.
JD: How did the deal with Roc Nation’s Equity Distribution come about? What is your competitive advantage as an artist?
GT: The situation with Equity came about through one of their A&Rs who reached out to me a little before they made an official announcement. I love the fact that they give Indie artists a chance to own their masters but still push the music to a mass audience. My voice is unique and I’m very business savvy. And I work hard, like really hard. I’m only in competition with myself.
JD: What inspires you to write music?
GT: Emotions. Things that I go through. Things that I feel. Music is just my favorite way to express myself. I also like the fact that I am able to write music that is universal in a sense where everyone can relate.
GT: You have the floor: Talk to my viewers about the message you would like to get out to your audience
GT: Keep your dream alive. If God can do all he’s done for me, he can definitely do it for you. We all go through our ups and downs but sometimes what’s on the other side of the mountain is worth the struggle.
JD: What lyrics (line/verse) from “Never Had Nothing” speaks to you the most and why
GT: “We came from the bottom where people were dead to the world. But now we wear crowns on our head.” I think that line is pretty self-explanatory. Basically, we’re underdogs that became kings.