Up and comer Skyler
is a singer-songwriter to watch as the 19 year old phenom is set to release his latest EP Take You Away
. The EP officially hits select stores on April 16th aka Record Store Day and digitally on April 19th. You can listen to lead single “Take You Away” as well as songs from debut EP Long Gone
The multi-instrumentalist blends his brand of pop/rock with a passion for music that goes well beyond words. According to press materials, by 7th grade, “he was sleeping on the couch, so as not disturb the sanctity of the recording studio that his bedroom had become,” a devotion even we can’t comprehend.
This weeks T.G.I.F. featured artist is Skyler, a 19 year old pop/rock singer from York, Maine. Learn more about Skyler from the Q&A below! Be sure to check his tunes out on his website
.SUR: How did the band come together?
Michael, Adam, and I were already writing songs together, so it was an easy fit for them to join the band. I met John at Berklee College of Music and became fast friends. We bonded over the fact that we were the only two guys at Berklee that really liked Taylor Swift. We started doing some shows together and he joined the band shortly after. We went through a number of drummers of until the Summer of 2010 when Mark joined the band.SUR: How’d you come up with your name?
Skyler is my name. The name of the band is only used live, “Skyler and the Band of Thieves.” Kind of like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is only used at live shows.SUR: What bands/artists are you influenced by?
The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Who, Green Day, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, etc.SUR: How would you describe your music for people who have never heard it before?
A mixture of pop, rock, and country. The male response to Taylor Swift.SUR: What makes your band different from all the other ones out there?
We bring a type of songwriting and performing that is currently underrepresented in Pop music.
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.
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!
Skyler is the 'maine' attraction!Hailing from Maine, Skyler is a singer-songwriter that everyone should get to know!
Home State: York, ME
Fave Musicians: The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Who, Green Day, The Fray
Fave Backstage Junk Food: Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bars..... And baby carrots...
Fave Movie: High Fidelity, That Thing You Do, Almost Famous, Walk the Line, Ray.... Any great music movie....
When I'm Not Performing I'm...: trying to find that next great song...
If a genie granted you one wish, what would you wish for?: A perfect, gluten-free pizza... =)
By: Kat Acott
Skyler is an unsigned artist whose music really portrays his passion and determination. From as early as elementary school, the star from York, ME, was performing in the playground to his classmates on a makeshift stage. His bedroom was quickly transformed into a recording studio and by the time High School had ended the multi-instrumentalist had released his first full-length CD. Skyler’s music became a vital part of his life. Pursuing his dream, he spent a year at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. After 20 professional theatre productions and over 250 gigs, the result is a sound you can’t help but love!
Putting acoustic/pop sounds in a fresh perspective, his sound is hard to compare to any artist before him. However, his new EP, Long Gone, has taken more of a rock vibe. Skyler is gaining fans with every show he performs, and I for one, am definitely hooked! Currently, he’s performing all around the US, so if you want a slice of playground jam you can check out his full list of upcoming shows on his MySpace.
His brand new Long Gone EP was recorded and produced by Jonathan Wyman (Halo Studios) and mastered by Adam Ayan (Gateway Mastering), and is available to listen to on MySpace and can be downloaded on iTunes. If you haven’t already, be one of the first to check this up-and-coming artist out! I predict it won’t be long until everyone has heard his unique sound.