Indy Like a Local
Who is Tevin?
A recording artist in Indianapolis.
Q: Are you an Indianapolis native?
I am an Indianapolis native. I grew up in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood and Haughville. I went to Crispus Attucks Middle School and Cathedral High School.
Q: When and how did you begin your recording career?
In fourth grade, inspired after watching my cousin Ruben win American Idol. I participated in a lot of school talent shows, as well as in my church’s children’s choir.
Q: Earlier this year, your song and video about Long’s Bakery went viral. Did that success catch you by surprise?
My music videos had been viral before, so my initial goal before we started filming was 100,000 views. Then when the video surpassed 200K, 300K, 500K and 800K, I was blown away and just can’t wait for it to reach a million views.
Q: What’s your go-to order at Long’s?
A dozen yeast. There is nothing better in the world.
Q: You’ve written songs for colleges, universities, and sports teams around the country. Does one in particular stand out to you?
Performing for USC, Ohio State, and Baylor were my personal favorites. It was also crazy filming a music video inside Assembly Hall for the IU women’s basketball team.
Q: Do you have a “bucket list” school or team you'd love to work with?
A bucket list team would be the Colts – that would be a dream come true. I’m 17 states shy from performing a theme song for a university sports team in every state in America, so that will be cool once I reach that goal.
Q: Have any local artists inspired your work?
Growing up and seeing guys like G Fresh and Maxie putting Indianapolis on MTV was so cool. Also seeing how big Dro Man made the Jiggalate movement was cool as well.
Q: Aside from Long’s and Pa & Ma’s Backyard BBQ, what other local businesses do you think deserve their own song?
Q: What can listeners expect from The Tevin Studdard Show?
Highlighting youth, their stories, their accomplishments in sports and in the classroom. Also connecting them with professional athletes to encourage them by sharing their journeys with them and being able to ask them questions.
Q: So we know you love Long’s. Where else in Indy do you like to enjoy a good meal or drink?
I probably eat R&R more than anything, and I love Famous Dave’s as well.
Q: What are some places or things in Indy that you think visitors should check out?
Obviously we have the best doughnuts in the world and the best children’s museum in the world. Our soul food is so good, it’s the reason I weigh 200 and too much [laughs]. The high school basketball scene is second to none. It’s an amazing city with endless opportunity and potential.