We’ve recently had a quick chat with TYLER and we’ve covered: his inspiration, his latest EP on BAM and his working habits. Enough talking, here’s the interview.
Hi Tyler could you introduce yourself?
Hey! My name is Joe Tyler, I am a Producer, Musician and Composer hailing from South London!
What is your first encounter with music?
My earliest recollection of music was hearing music around the house when I was very young. My parents are massively into their music so it wasn’t long before I knew who Stevie Wonder and Jamiroquai were! I feel those days definitely helped shape my taste in music to this day.
What are your main influences?
I have a few actually, and they’re quite varied! Daily life inspires me everyday, I find myself recording voice notes of tons of things when I’m out and about. This could be just general ambience when walking through London, or hitting random objects with my hand and recording their sounds for melodic or drum samples.
Furthermore, my family continually inspire me. Without their belief I wouldn’t be able to be pursuing my career in music and as a result I am extremely grateful for the faith they’ve shown in me. Everything I create is done with them in mind.
The track of this EP you’re the most proud of and why?
I think that would be a track called ‘Never Stop’.
I particularly like this track as I feel all the sections have emotional impact, and the final crescendo has a big release that I’m pretty proud of. I also feel like this song has a lot of my favourite elements in it – including some vocals chops, muted piano and shabby synths. I love all those elements and am happy to see them all come together in this track!
If both image and music were to be a boxing match – image would be the boxer, and music would be the knockout punch.
For you, what is the importance of commissioned music? Why is it important?
I feel like music and image work in perfect harmony. Whilst things such as picture and dialogue tell the story, I feel music really conveys the emotion of whatever the image is trying to depict. Music has the power to make people laugh and cry without saying any words at all.
I feel as if both image and music were to be a boxing match – image would be the boxer, and music would be the knockout punch.
The last example that stayed in your mind?
I recently re-watched Inception and was taken by Hans Zimmer incredible score for the film. There’s a particular scene towards the end of the film, during a track called ’Time’ where the music really stood out to me. The song itself revolves around some simplistic chords, but the progression is beautiful and in my opinion, takes that scene to a whole new level.
Do you have a different approach of creating your music considering it will be used with some images? Is it something that you have in mind when composing your music ?
I feel like my mindset when composing is slightly different, mainly through elements that relate to song length and structure. However, a lot of the music I make is quite atmospheric and ethereal, so I find it best to transfer this over to my compositions – that way I’m creating music that I know I can excel in, whilst also attempting to sculpt out my own definitive ‘sound.’
Your secret to fuel your creativity when you feel in lack of inspiration?
My secret is to stop altogether! After a long day of writing my ears can get tired and I end up doing more damage to the project/composition than good. I made this mistake a few times when I was just starting out as a producer and composer. When you feel that moment of frustration get the better of you, it’s best to give yourself a break. Even if its a brief 20 minutes to get yourself a drink, it will help clear your head. Since I started doing this I’ve found myself finishing songs and compositions at a faster rate.
If you had to produce one track and why?
Ah that’s sooo hard! It’s a slight curveball, but I think it would have been incredible to produce Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. To have a song sound so unique that has lasted over 50+ years is incredible in itself. However that song is just incredible, from a songwriting point of view and as a whole production. Untouchable.
Tell us about an accomplishment you are most proud of?
I think it would be having my original tracks played on BBC Radio 1 by Annie Mac and Phil Taggart. You have no expectations when you write and release original music, so to have two huge tastemakers (whose shows I listen to also) dig your stuff and feel it worthy of some airtime is pretty humbling, and inspiring at the same time! It gives you a great feeling of assurance that you’re working on something that has potential.
Your current guilty pleasure?
I am always guilty of a few of these, however I’ll just stick to one to save the embarrassment! Recently I’ve been a big fan of Jax Jones’ ‘Harder’ with Bebe Rexha. Its just addictively catchy and I always find myself singing along when I comes on in the radio whilst I’m on the road. Sometimes you just have to accept that it’s a banger, haha!
Your Top 3 tracks of the moment?
My top three at the moment are:
Throwing Snow – The Righteous Mind
RY X – Untold (Alex Banks Remix)
All the tracks have different vibes, but all of them moving in one way or another!
Same with 3 movies or TV show?
I recently watched The Irishman, which I thought was incredible. Ricky Gervais’ Afterlife was an amazing watch too, looking forward to the next series of that! Lastly would have to be Charnobyl, I finally got a chance to binge watch it a few weeks back and thought that was an awesome watch.
Make sure to take a listen to TYLER’s latest EP on BAM Music! Also, check our latest article on best music for filmmakers.