Skyler, a young musican from York who's been performing publically since the third grade, visits the "Good Day Maine" studio this morning to introduce his band, talk about his music and upcoming shows, and serve up a live performance of the song, "Hold My Hand," which is off the band's new EP, Long Gone.
promoitUP: So describe how you started playing music, have you been playing for a long time?
Skyler: Yep, I started playing drums when I was in third grade, and then I picked up a guitar when I was in 6th grade and bass guitar when I was in 7th grade and picked up piano a little after that, started writing a little bit after that.
promoitUP: So music has always been with you?
Skyler: Yeah, it’s always moved me.
promoitUP: So what moves you to write your songs, what inspires you?
Skyler: There are a lot of things, it’s really whatever gets me at the moment. For the most part it’s about love and girls, because that’s what seems to be the most important.
promoitUP: As it is with every young person it seems.
Skyler: Of course, of course.
promoitUP: So, how did you connect with your band? Did you know them, or did you get connect with them through someone else?
Skyler: Well, the lead guitar player in my band was also one of my songwriting partners. He had actually been my guitar teacher when I was 11, and he was the one who really developed my songwriting when I was younger. We actually started songwriting together when I was 16 or 17 years old, and his brother is my bass player and he’s another one of my songwriting partners. Those two have been writing together for a long time, I started writing with Adam, and then Michael, and now we write all the songs. So we had been a 3 piece for about 2 or 3 years and then I went to Berkeley college of music and then I met John. He plays fiddle, he plays guitar, he plays piano, he does everything. And he’s the first person I met at Berkeley, we just hit it off. And we just got our permanent drummer, we’d actually worked with him before at a rock and roll road trip camp, he was a counselor as well.
promoitUP: So you know your band really well, that’s really awesome.
Skyler: Yeah it works out really well.
promoitUP: Where do you see yourself in the future with your band? Music has been a part of you for so long, do you see yourself playing sold out shows all over the world, or do you see yourself staying hometown and true to your roots?
Skyler: What was the first one?
promoitUP: Do you see yourself playing to sold out crowds all over?
Skyler: That one sounds great to me, I pick that one.
promoitUP: Is there anything you want people to know about you that makes you unique from other artists?
Skyler: Well, I don’t know, I think people should come to the shows and decide for themselves. I’m not one to judge my own music.
Who do you consider your biggest musical influences? What artists' career do you hope to emulate in the future?
My biggest musical influences include the Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, All-American Rejects, Snow Patrol, etc. I'd love to emulate the careers of any of the above.....
What is the most challenging part of being such a young musician?
Curfews are hard. That, and not being able to collect my allowance when I'm on the road... I hate that....
With such a country sound, what difficulties were posed with being from the North East?
Being the only "roots" band on an all ages emo bill can have challenges....
Have your parents been supportive of your music?
If you weren't a performer, what would you be doing?
I'd probably continue writing songs and producing other artists. Maybe drive an ice cream truck.... As long as I can choose the music....
What has been your proudest accomplishment so far as a musician?
After my dad saw me play at a rock competition in high school, he gave me his prized acoustic guitar that he had never let anyone in the family touch. It is the acoustic that I play with onstage now.