From Deep in the
Heart of Texas
Austin-based Electro Psych Rock artist, Ty Richards, opens your mind to the warm vibes of the past, the present and the future.
Both futuristic and vintage all at once”.— PureVolume
They call him “Beck Zeppelin” and describe his music as trippy and addictive. “If Queens of the Stone Age and DEVO made a baby,” one fan said.
Ty Richards is a multi-instrumentalist known for writing, performing, producing, recording, and mixing his own music.
He prides himself in raising his six children and running his design shop from home.
Richards has a stream-of-consciousness approach and rarely pre-writes songs before recording. Most of the time he records directly onto reel-to-reel tape. Ty Richards’ music is catchy but experimental, and filled with satire relating to American culture in the school of bands like Frank Zappa and DEVO.
After his debut record, “Zillion”, broke top 40 on the NACC 200 charts, his pair of albums made their way into rotation on over 80 stations internationally. One month after the release, Richards was even dubbed KUTX 98.9 Austin’s coveted “Artist of the Month” during SXSW.
After Ty’s second studio album release, “Welcome to Flat Earth”, and after 3+ months of heavy rotation of his single “Western Chauvinist”, Richards was suddenly banned from Austin’s KUTX radio. They lied and attempted to coerce him to publicly explain and apologize for the song in exchange for restoring his airtime. In typical punk-rock form, Richards gave them the proverbial middle finger and blasted the art censorship publicly. In addition to the radio-banning, the browbeating continued and he was promptly blacklisted from all Austin clubs, and dropped by his publicist and all Austin music industry contacts.
Ty Richards is currently working on his 3rd studio album, and has taken his Austin music industry social-shaming as a license to think, speak, and create even more freely than before. Ty encourages other musicians and music-lovers alike to take creative risks and open their mind to think freely, at any cost.