We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
For me, the quality of the music has always been most important. I’ve been singing my whole life. I started playing piano when I was 4, and started writing when I was 8. As I’ve grown from a child to an adult, that yearning for perfection has stayed constant. Don’t get me wrong, my music used to suck. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed my own taste and style, which has translated to my music. I see success in this industry as influence. In terms of my end goal, I plan to go down as a great. I want to influence people the way my favorite artists have influenced me. I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t be the person I am today without my influences. Frank Ocean, Kanye, Brent Faiyaz, Cudi, and so many more. It’s so much bigger than music. Their influence played a huge part in my development not just as an artist, but as a person. I want to be that person for some young kid who needs it. That’s success to me.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been working on my debut album for the last two years. I’m most proud of the quality of the music. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever made before. I really found my sound in the process of making this music. It feels like my whole life has led up to this project. All the time I spent developing my craft has really paid off.
What sets me apart from others is my versatility. I live and breathe music. It’s been my life for as long as I can remember, and I’ve spent the last 15 years honing my skills. I’m at a point where I feel confident in my abilities. I know I can sing. I know I can play. I know I can write. I know I can perform. That said, I’m not comfortable. My biggest fear in music is getting comfortable. There’s a big difference between being confident and being comfortable. I want to keep getting better.
Growing up I always wanted to be older than I was. In life and in music. Now that I’m not a little kid anymore, I’m confident in my image and sound. That was a big thing for my development as an artist. The constant Justin Bieber/Shawn Mendes comparisons helped me develop my own taste, and helped me learn what I want for my music. My whole life people told me a skinny white boy like me could never achieve the goals I set for myself. I’m driven by proving them wrong.
There is a big gap in the music industry. In broad terms, there’s the Justin Bieber side of things and the Frank Ocean side of things. To me the difference is the quality of the music. In terms of production, lyrics, originality, and artistry. There’s a massive market for music that can channel both sides of the spectrum. Music that appeals to everyone. Music that can be considered “mainstream” without tainting the quality and creativity of the artistry. I believe I can be the artist to successfully blend the two sides of the industry. My upcoming album is the first step in doing so. I combined production influenced by artists like Frank Ocean with Brent Faiyaz/Daniel Caesar/Kid Cudi influenced melodies. Mixed with elliptical songwriting and my always improving taste, I think I’ve created a product that can bridge the gap.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family. They’ve stuck with me through everything. I wouldn’t be here without their support.