How would you describe your sound to someone who hasn't heard of you or listened to your music?
It's a mixture of pop, rock, and country. I get compared to Taylor Swift a lot. I've been called the "guy version of Taylor Swift."
What makes you guys different from every other singer out there?
I have gluten allergy. So I can't eat bread...it sucks...
What song of yours would you recommend to someone who hasn’t listened to your music before?
All of them. If you're more into catchy pop/rock songs, listen to "Hold My Hand." If you want a great driving song, "This Dream (Nashville)" is for you. If you like a countryfied acoustic tune with some fiddle, listen to "Stephanie." Looking for a great love song? "Any Stupid Thing" is yours. Want a great Tom Petty/Bruce Springsteen inspired rocker? Listen to "It's Just the Night."
Do you write all your songs? Where do you get inspiration for the songs?
Yes and girls.
What has been your biggest challenge so far as a musician? Getting the music out there.
What has been your favorite show to play and why?
I loved playing at Higher Ground in Vermont for the first time. It was my first show in the Green Mountain State, we packed the room, AND there was a blizzard.
How could it be anymore fun? How do you get pumped up for a show?
Do some vocal warmups with the other members of the band. Just hearing the harmonies always gets me excited.
What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about performing?
Favorite: playing for the fans. Least favorite: packing the van afterward.
Who is someone you would like to tour with?
Out of all the songs you've recorded/written which is your favorite?
I love them all!
What do you hope you’re accomplishing musically is doing/accomplishing in a year?
More fans, more music, more fun!
Do you have any advice for someone who wants to pursue a career in music?
Work harder than everybody else.
What has been your weirdest experience with a fan?
I'll get back to you on that one...
Who first inspired you to go after your dreams of music?
What’s one quote or lyric that inspires you most?
"Timing is Everything"
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
I love Thai food.
Any upcoming plans in the works for you we should know about?
Working on a new EP as we speak!
Anything else you’d like to include about your music?
Go out and enjoy it for yourself!
What t-shirt in your closet best describes your personality?
My "rock man" t-shirt from Urban Outfitters.
What is your ideal date?
February 9, 1964.
If you could have one super power what superpower would you want?
If you could live in any fast food restaurant what would it be and why?
Q'doba. It's one of the few fast food places where I can eat.
What drives you to keep pushing for more?
My Subaru Forester.
Who 1st inspired you to go after your dreams?
What do you wish someone had told you eventually learned on your own?
Most musicians are really unreliable....
What’s your favorite flavor popsicle?
The red, white, and blue popsicles.
This youngster from Maine may be the male answer to artists like Taylor Swift. He has no problem with attracting a female fan base, yet he's not out on stage worrying as much about his dance routine as his singing either, so male music fans shouldn't have a problem with him either.
To me Skyler kind of has the John Mellencamp vibe, he's not quite country, but kind of on the verge of it, yet still rocking enough to keep mainstream listeners happy. His writing is very honest and relatable and his voice is clean, but with a bit of an edge to it. The EP is a very nice preview of what's to come soon from Skyler. -Brandon LemonsWe hear of lots of artists who grew up in L.A., Nashville, Austin, New York, or Seattle. It's kind of rare to hear about someone from Maine, what was the music scene like growing up there?
There wasn't much of a music scene in Maine that I was aware of. It wasn't until late in my musical development that I discovered that there were a bunch of famous and "almost famous" artists from Maine. Howie Day, Ray LaMontagne, Rustic Overtones (Arista), Jeremiah Freed (Universal Republic), As Fast As (Octone), etc. In fact, members of Rustic Overtones, Jeremiah Freed, and As Fast As all graduated from York High School (my Alma Mater).Your sound is kind of reminiscent of the '90s. Did bands in the '90s have a lot of influence on you?
I was born in 1991, so my earliest years of listening to the radio were the '90s. There's no doubt it had a subconscious impact on me.Is This Dream (Nashville) a true story?
To a certain extent, yes.Since you are a multi instrumentalist, how many instruments do you actually play?
I sing, play guitar, bass, drums, and piano. Those are the only ones I play well. Everything else I just mess around on.Who's getting heavy play on your iPod right now?
The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty are always getting heavy play on my iPod. On top of that, I'm listening to a lot of Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and the soundtrack from Country Strong. I never used to listen to Country music, but it seems like that is where all of the great songwriting is now.
Rock, pop, country artist Skyler has been described as the male version of Taylor Swift. His influences range from the Beatles to Keith Urban, from Bruce Springsteen to Swift herself. Skyler is a young artist on the rise; he’s definitely someone you should keep your eyes on.Q - Your MySpace page says you were a multi instrumentalist by seventh grade, while most other kids were into playing games like baseball, football or basketball you were digging music. Where did this come from?
A - I've always loved music. I think it stems from driving around with my mom listening
to the Beatles when I was in Kindergarten.Q - How would you describe your overall sound?
A - It's rock 'n' roll. So, a mixture of pop, rock, country, folk, blues, bluegrass...whatever!Q - Who are some of your musical influence?
A - The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Elvis Costello, etc. Q - What was the first concert you attended and how did it affect you?
A - The first concert I ever attended was N'Sync when I was in third grade. But the concert that had the most impact on me was when I say Paul McCartney at the Boston Garden. That's what made me know that I had to be a performer.Q - Do you remember the first time you performed live? Can you describe the experience?
A - I've been acting since I was in elementary school. The first time I performed live as a musician was when I was in sixth grade. I had only been playing guitar for about 6 months before I threw together a band and performed "Here Comes the Sun" at a school talent show. It's was invigorating.Q - Who are you listening to right now?
A - I'm always listening to my old Beatles and Springsteen records, but lately I've been listening to a lot of Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Sugarland, and the soundtrack from “Country Strong.”Q - What does 2011 have in store for Skyler?
A - Touring, a new release, videos, and much, much more!
About a month ago, I received a press packet from a young artist named Skyler in the mail. We usually receive submissions for featured artist posts via email so it was refreshing to see a tangible CD and accompanying press information. Technology is amazing; it’s helped me discover countless artists from across the globe but actual mail and CDs, rather than emails and mp3s, are the best. Opening a big manila envelope made me reminisce about the days when my old bandmates and I would create press packets to send to radio stations, clubs, bars, review sites, etc. Already getting good vibes about this kid.
Hailing from York, Maine, Skyler’s country-pop sound and lyrical tendencies remind me of the male version of Taylor Swift. His fifth CD (yes, I said fifth at just 19) “Long Gone,” has been positively reviewed by critics, one even naming Sklyer a breakout artist to watch out for in 2011. Check out Skyler and decide for yourself. Kid’s on point.
Music world get ready, because here comes Skyler. He and his band are going to take the music world by storm. You better line up now at your local record shop, once Skyler hits the air waves, there will not be any CD`s left on the shelves. Skyler has it all going for him, the awesome vocals, the sound of his band, and the look they have on stage, all put together adds up to, number one on the charts.
Skyler coming to you from Boston Massachusetts, and has been singing all his life, and it shows with every note he sings. Skyler is a real go getter he is not fooling around! He played his first concert when he was in the sixth grade, he had only been playing the guitar for a few months, he threw together a band and performed "Here Comes The Sun" at a school talent show,and he has not looked back. He just played at Higher Ground in Vermont. He says, it was an amazing experience. How ever when he gets to play in his own hometown, that is a big treat for him. When he is playing music he has a blast and so will you.
Skyler can write some outstanding songs. The lyrics and the melodies he and his band puts together is amazing. He currently has five originals out on EP, and they are always working on more. I asked where he gets his inspiration from, he said, girls!
Skyler and his band stays busy with performances, performing all over the Northern New England states, with fifty shows per year and growing, he is sure to show up at a town near you. Skyler wants every one to know his music. The thing with Skyler`s music is that every one does need to hear it. With the music that he is writing and the great sound he and his band bring to the stage it will not be long before they are selling out arenas. Stop by and see Skyler and keep up with whats happening at, http://www.skylertunes.com/
. Below in the MP3 player you will find one of his songs off his EP, "Hold My Hand" , it is truly fantastic.
by Janet Goodman
Optimistic love songs are fuel for teen machine pop/rock artist Skyler. The Maine native and Berklee College of Music student has co-written five of them for his latest EP “Long Gone.” Each song has a radio ready full-band sound, and Skyler infuses them with his youthfully energized delivery.
Opening track “Hold My Hand” is an irresistably uptempo, sixties-retro number, with a melodic chorus lush with harmonies. The driving hook beat of “This Dream” is a light touch of frenetic ticking guitar that pales in layers of production, while the mid-tempo-ed “Any Stupid Thing” has its own heavy electric guitar accompaniment, at times nearly overtaking the singer. Lyrics are, for the most part, safe and sweet pop fare, but the intriguing storyteller shines in “It’s Just the Night,” a song made up of mini-love scene vignettes featuring the town residents.
Stand-out here is the quick-paced acoustic “Stephanie,” which finally gives breathing room for the singer to take center stage, alongside a playful fiddle, to tell the tale of being swept up in a crush with a girl whose bohemian charms include “that ring that’s in your lip, that flash of your bare hip.” He sings, trying to convince her to leave their separate worlds behind and run off with him to Mexico. And by not telling us how the story ends, Skyler keeps his listener interested, wanting to hear more.
It's rare that I look at a teen prodigy but Skyler is a better than most, and he's got a little Beatle in him on the catchy opener "Hold My Hand." Plus he knows loads about rock hooks on the arena ready "Any Stupid Thing" and the anthemic jangle of "It's Just The Night" recalls DelAmitri melodies with Bon Jovi bombast. Each tune here boasts solid songwriting and strong production. A few countryfied miscues on "Stephanie" aside, it's no surprise that this is Skyler's fifth EP. He's already a veteran musician and only a freshman at the Berklee College of Music, so this is your chance to hear a future star.
Taylor Swift, but with balls. (literally)
On the album cover he looks like such a prepubescent little boy but as soon as you hear Skyler
's deep country voice it’s like a cock slap to the ear like WHOAAA.
I did not expect to enjoy his 5 track EP Long Gone
as much as I did, described as a male Taylor Swift (tots fitting) it has a much more mature, adult as opposed to high school, feeling to it.
Easy on the cheese, heavy on the country.
Hello. And now I'm turning into 'ol pervert McGee here as I hit repeat on "Any Stupid Thing" and get a little too excited over his precious vocals and lyrics each time.
New guilty pleasure?
I think yes.
Catchy, endearing, and actually GOOD.
I love it.
Now, I wonder if he'll end up dating Reece Witherspoon... or more realistically doing a duet with T-Swift!!!
***NOTE: A MAN BY THE NAME OF JOHN MULLETT
PLAYS FIDDLE/KEYBOARD/GUITAR AND SINGS BACK UP FOR SKYLER. THIS ALBUM IS THAT MUCH COOLER NOW.***
Thanks to Fanbolt for selecting Skyler to be the Artist of the Week for January 17-23!!
Thanks to Nerdy Frames for featuring a profile of Skyler on their website!