-I started playing guitar at 13, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year at FSU that I saw it as an actual career option. I couldn’t imagine myself in any other professional field (except maybe a park ranger at Yosemite or something…), so I figured I’d go after what I was already spending all of my time on.
What do you want locals and visitors to know about being a musician that they may not already know?
-There are as many different paths to musical “success” as there are musicians. Not everyone moves to New York City, hands out demo CDs, and gets signed to a major record label. The majority of us put in years of work taking small step after small step, making whatever progress we can manage, in hopes of eventually building a brand big enough to actually draw interest/respect from labels, venues etc.
How has the music industry evolved over the years?
-As an independent artist who’s only been doing this for a handful of years, most of my perspective on the industry as a whole comes from reading things and listening to older musicians, but it seems like everyone agrees on a few changes. Sales from recorded music (CDs, mp3 downloads) generate a tiny fraction of the income that they used to. Most recorded music is available for free streaming on Spotify, YouTube, and Soundcloud. Also, artists without record labels can compete better against signed artists now that there are so many low-cost options to do things yourself (recording, merchandise, advertising).
What’s the craziest thing to happen at a gig?
-I was playing somewhere when a big group of girls walked in— all dressed in black leather. It was a themed party to celebrate one of their birthdays. I let them get up on stage and the birthday girl thought it would be a good idea to attach one side of some fuzzy black handcuffs to my arm, and the other to her arm. The main problem with this was that I was in the middle of a song! I managed to finish the song and her friend unlocked the cuffs and apologized.
Where would you like to play that you haven’t yet?
-Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado is at the top of the dream-venue list.
What’s next for you?
-The eventual plan is to end up in a bigger city like Nashville or New Orleans, but not until we have a musical resume that can stand out better there.So the current plan is to keep touring Florida with my band (Tyler Denning Band) and expand further and further into the southeast until we can maintain a series of steady tours year-round. We also have a new album in the works right now, and hopefully by the time it’s finished we’ll be able to organize a big tour to promote it.
Describe being a musician in 5 words or less
-I’m poor but I’m happy.
What social media do you use?
-Facebook (search Tyler Denning Band) and Instagram (wtylerdenning) are our main two. TylerDenningBand.com is our home base website.
-We have a full-length album and an EP out on iTunes, Spotify and everywhere else on the internet.
-All of our shows are posted on our website and our Facebook.