In a seemingly divided world, seeing many people speak up and seek justice against various atrocities certainly help restore one’s faith in humanity. After all, it is only when grievances are expressed that they are given a fighting chance to be remedied. Peace is a universal call for many of these citizens seeking justice, and this is precisely what emerging artist Pop Cautious sings about in a new single called “Peace Song.”
The original piece was initially commissioned by the Space City Houston Rotary Club to form part of a peace initiative project. Pop Cautious—the artist name for singer-songwriter and producer, Tyler Porterfield—received a call from the organization saying that they needed a song for the unveiling of a peace monument designed to welcome the arrival of international students attending schools in Texas. Impressively, while hustling his way into several side-jobs to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, Pop Cautious was able to write and record the timeless track.
“Lyrically it was almost as if I had fore-shadowed all the events we are now going through as a country and even internationally,” the artist shares. He describes the increase in people who are calling for justice against violence in response to recent events today, and how he is proud of these citizens for speaking up. “Peaceful protesters—those affected by the radical behavior regarding the pandemic and people who can see the bigger picture of what is happening in politics, we all need to stand together to reach our ultimate goal which is peace.”
Pop Cautious recorded “Peace Song” in the home studio of a friend in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The piece was then mastered by American mastering engineer Howie Weinberg, a 15-time Grammy Award-winning engineer with 32 Grammy Nominations. He is credited for mastering timeless tracks from some of the leading names in the industry like Smashing Pumpkins, The Clash, The Killers, Nirvana, and Run DMC, to name a few.
“Peace Song” was released under Pop Cautious’ self-owned music label called Pop Cautious Records. The song aims to unify everyone—“woman, child, and man between all beliefs”—towards peace.
The artist’s debut self-titled EP was released in 2016, which premiered on Buzzbands.la. His single titled, “Blue Dream” earned him his very first airplay on California-based FM radio station KCSN. The song told of the musician’s personal life experience of a true love story that began with healing after the sudden end of a two-year relationship.
The Houston-native shares that his first glimpse at live music was at a young age when he watched his grandmother playing hymns on an old upright piano. This ultimately inspired him to learn to play the piano, which he did, and succeedingly he learned to play the drums, guitar, and eventually transitioned to singing. Pop Cautious began to write music and play the mandolin not long after. Growing up in an area rich in Texas blues, reggae, and country music, he was pretty inspired.
Today, the artist runs his record label with the commitment to showcase and uphold “the honest resonance of authentic music.” Pop Cautious takes pride in his music and label’s mission of raising awareness through music, art, and the media. According to the musician, it is vital for artists to realize their role in today’s society. “Now is the time for a paradigm shift that can only occur with personal and social transformation,” he continues. With core values including intellectualism, unity, spirituality, and love, Pop Cautious and his team believe in the significance of a “growing community of artists to work together towards positive change.”
A new single, titled “2 hearts” will soon be released digitally and appear alongside “Peace Song” for a short run of 7” vinyls. New York filmmaker, Marcelo Mayen, is currently producing the music videos for both songs.