taught yourself to play instruments right? Tell us a little bit
more about that.
Tyler: My family all plays everything. I learned guitar
from my dad's side and piano from my mom's. You know, when we're
all together I'd be tinkering on something and they'd show me a
little more which I'd take home and build on. It was just all fun
until I started writing and then it became a whole different game!
SZ: How much do you
incorporate instruments into your music?
Tyler: I really start with the melody or music first. Since
different instruments talk differently, they play a big part in writing
SZ: As a songwriter
what are your points of inspiration?
Tyler: Anticipation...of anything. I write on edge the best.
SZ: Tell us about some
of the artists you admire and look up to most.
Tyler: It's the artists who lived what they were singing
and sang what they were living. Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson,
even Jerry Lee Lewis, you know? I really got into Muddy Waters for a while
but when I was real young I just couldn't get enough of Elvis Presley and
Frank Sinatra. Those two...whew.
SZ: Tell us about your
most exciting performance to date.
Tyler: When I was 16 or so Mark and Brian, the radio hosts from
LA, asked me to play their Christmas show. I was such a huge fan of
theirs...it was unreal to be on a show I had listened to for so long!
SZ: What would be your
one wish in reference to your career?
Tyler: That inspiration never leaves me.
SZ: What are your
thoughts on true talent and Hype?
Tyler: There's a saying I can't recall but it deals something
with how liars talk louder and longer then those who are telling the
truth. You really have to hype something with no talent, or else how is
everyone going to make all their money off it? Fans won't find something
terrible and start spreading the word. Talent is undeniable even if not
appreciated, you know?
SZ: If there was one
thing you could change/improve about the music industry, what would it be?
Tyler: I think the guys with the money should be more picky, and
spend their money and time on finding a good artist instead of promoting
the next thing that walks by. But I've only been on the business end of
things for a short while. Something's gotta change though...
SZ: If you were to
collaborate with another artist who would it be?
Tyler: Jack White...in a second.
SZ: What do you thing
is the most important aspect of music, particularly yours?
Tyler: Entertainment. It's not a life style, it's not a
collectible, and it's never a have to thing. It's to make you feel
better...it's to entertain you.
SZ: Well thanks for
hanging out with Stylinzine.com. Before we wrap up what would you like to
share with your fans?
Tyler: My songs. I've got clips on my website
www.TylerHilton.com. Hope everyone has fun with it and I'll see you soon,