Date and Time
Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 12:00pm
Over the last year, New York has been blessed to welcome bay area native Tyrone “Irie T” Hardman as one of it’s newest and talented artists. Born of Hawaiian, Columbian and Irish decent, Irie T was raised in the San Francisco bay area. As a child he traveled with his grandparents who toured as a Hawaiian Island band, thus introducing the young child to his love and diverse understanding of music.
Irie T found himself struggling and troubled as a teenager, but he allowed his love for music to show him a brighter path. Understanding the fundamentals of composition and sound engineering, Irie put himself through college at Emeryville’s Expressions College of Digital Arts, which allowed him to start working as a sound Engineer at local bay area venues. While working on writing and composing original songs, he began networking with artists in the local hip hop and reggae scenes. By 2007 Irie formed the band “Hypnotic Vibrations”, mixing a range of classic down tempo reggae and upbeat funk rhythms to create a sound extremely rare in any scene in the bay area at that time. This fresh sound caught the attention of local promoters and artists which began landing Hypnotic Vibs shows all around the bay.
While being the brain and vocals behind Hypnotic, Irie T had the chance to perform with artists such as Fully Fullwood, Tosh Marley Band, Jah Warrior Shelter, KRS One, Mystic Roots, Living legends, Hieroglyphics, Zion I, and more. One of their noteworthy performances was to a sold out crowd at the legendary Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, CA.
Irie T also continued to work on side projects. By 2009, he began collaborating with a lot of hip hop artists such Zion I, Dead Prez and San Quinn. In 2010 he co produced local rapper Ony Oz.’s “Stop Blindin’ Me’” album which featured an all star line up of hip hop artists from 2Pac’s Outlawz, Hieroglyphics, Smif N Wessun, San Quinn, Dead Prez and more.
At the height of his success, Irie T took a career changing course and moved to Brooklyn in February 2011. Leaving his fellow Hypnotic band mates behind, Irie followed his heart to begin a new chapter on the east coast. Over the last year he has settled in incredibly well, already doing shows as an acoustic act at Jollof, a Senegalese restaurant in BedStuy.
Irie T prides himself on being a diverse artist that can create a sound that embodies reggae, funk, soul and hip hop. In 2012 he looks to focus more on his song writing as a solo artist while continuing to expand his east coast fan base.