By RachelleThe other day I had the privilege of watching a performance by up and coming artist Skyler, an interview was included as well. He may only be 19 but this guy is talented and will soon be tearing up radio airwaves all over the world. Keeping reading to learn more plus check out some pictures and a video.
When I showed up for my Skyler interview and show review I had no idea what to expect but I was in for a real treat. He is a singer, musician, and writer, yes he can do it all and let me tell you he does it well. Not only was he fantastic to talk to but he gave a kick butt performance that kept me enthralled the whole time. He was born to perform and you can see that the entire time he is on stage. Plus he is super cute to and looks good doing his thing up there.
I had a great chat with the guy that will soon be a household name and you can read all about it below.Q.
Did you always know you wanted to be a musician?A.
Ever since I was listening to my parents Beatles records at like age 3 or 4 I knew I wanted to be in the music business.Q.
How did you get started in the music business?A.
All throughout elementary school I tried to form groups or bands but I was in elementary school. By middle school I was playing the drums, guitar and I had been writing songs for years but I was still struggling to find people who wanted to be in a band. It wasn’t until high school that I finally found people who wanted to be in a group. Things kind of took off from there.Q.
So you started writing your own music at a young at then?A.
I actually began writing my own songs when I was in about third grade. My inspiration for songs at that age is kind of the same as it is now, girls.Q.
Have you recorded any of the songs you wrote from back them?A.
Nope not at all. I needed to write those songs to get to the good ones.Q.
How did you get started on the current tour you are doing?A.
I have been working with the guitar player Adam and base player Michael for a number of years. Adam the guitar player was actually my guitar teacher from about age 11 until I went to the Berkly College of Music, which is where I met John the fiddle player. When it came time to start a band it made sense to have Adam and Michael in it because they helped me write the songs and John just fit in perfectly. Then we found Mark the drummer and we all just meshed together.Q.
The band’s name is Skyler and your name is Skyler. How is it that your name became the band name?A.
Whenever I did anything solo it was always Skyler so now whether it is with the band or on my own it is Skyler so that everything is under the same name. I do some stuff on my own like going into schools to promote shows and to show kids what it is like to be out there doing stuff with a band. I personally love to be with the band more than on my own. You can do a lot more with the band.Q.
How would you describe your sound?A.
It is a mixture of pop rock and country. I get called the male version of Taylor Swift, which I think is really cool. I love her and think she is incredibly talented. I would be honored to do a duet with her someday, if things worked out that way.Q.
Who else would you like to collaborate with?A.
Most of my idols and inspirations are either dead or really old. The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen. Those are the types of groups that I grew up listening to so anyone from those groups would be a dream to collaborate with.Q.
What do your parents think of this music journey you are one?A.
They are very supportive. I am from York Maine which is a big summer cities. We get a lot of tourists because it is right on the beach. So it is a different but they are supportive of my career choice.Q.
What is it like traveling so much?A.
It is really fun. The only tough part is navigating around the streets of New York City.Q.
if you could pick any venue in the world to play at where would it be?A.
I have always wanted to play Madison Square Garden. Ever since I was a kid and I watched a DVD of *NSYNC playing there I decided that is where I need to play.Q.
What is next for you?A.
We are currently promoting our EP of Long Gone, then we are about to go into the studio to work on another EP. The new one will be out in April. Beyond that it is just touring and playing as many shows possible to perform in front of as many people as possible.Q.
Anything else you want the world to know about you?A.
Times kind of suck now and when we wrote the first EP it was with the idea to give people a chance to escape from the hardships of the economy, politics etc. We wanted to give them something to help them shut it all out and I hope we accomplished that.Q.
Where can people follow you and your career?A.
People can follow me on Twitter @sklylertunes or Facebook under skylertunes. If people want to listen to songs from the EP they can go to the MySpace page which is also sklyertunes.
Make sure you check out the below video of Sklyer, interviewing him was amazing. I had a great time watching him perform as well as talking him before hand. He is one to watch my friends so keep your eye on him.