Tyler Sherritt may not be a household name yet, but the rising musician/producer/DJ is on track to become just that. Not a newcomer to the industry, Sherritt has been making music and collaborating with other artists for years. Only recently has he begun following his true passion: EDM. Making wicked dance tracks with a true musician's sensibility, Tyler Sherritt is the real deal. Look for him coming soon to a club near you!
If you live in NYC, you're in luck, as Sherritt will be playing at Cielo tomorrow, Thursday, April 12 (link). Don't miss your chance to get into this promising young gun. For more information and to hear some of his tracks, check out some of these links below:
We recently got a chance to chat with Tyler about his first big tour, what he likes to listen to when he's chilling at home and his plans for the upcoming year. Read on!
JB: How did you get started as a DJ?
TS: I have been singing and making music since I was a little kid, but I didn't get into the whole DJ/EDM scene until I was around 19 years old and saw the art of EDM music live. In that moment I was blown away by all of the different elements that make up EDM and garnered a new profound respect for the artist who produce and DJ. I knew from that one experience I wanted to focus my efforts on becoming a top notch EDM Producer/DJ.
JB: What do you think distinguishes you from other up and coming DJs/producers?
TS: I believe that my music background and my singing abilities set me apart from other up and coming DJs/Producers because I use the influence from all the music I have produced in the past, and I am able to sing on my own tracks, which is rare in this genre. I have also begun to sing live during some of my DJ sets which has been a new factor that I intend to develop more and more.
JB: You’re just finishing up a pretty big tour. How was it? Any good/funny stories?
TS: Yeah I have been touring the East Coast lately, it has been a lot of fun meeting some prominent DJs in the industry and interacting with them. It is also pretty cool to see how the different crowds react to the music in the different cities, I genuinely love the energy.
There have been a bunch of good/funny stories since I started touring. I was recently playing a gig in Philadelphia with David Puentez, it was his first time touring the States being that he is from Germany, I took him to a Mcdonald's nearby after our gig to grab a bite to eat. While we were online waiting to order a huge group of people walked in wearing 1970's outfits, the look on David's face was priceless because he was so confused as to why people would be dressed like that, he thought they were serious...I had to explain to him that they must've been coming from some type of theme party, but Im not sure if he believed me, anyways long story short we ended up losing our appetite and found ourselves binging on junk food at 7 eleven, not sure what would have been worse Mcdonald's or 7 eleven junk food.
JB: Were the other artists supportive?
TS: Yes, everyone I have met while touring has been very supportive. There is a real sense of community amongst DJ/Producers that is unlike any other genre that I have seen; there is just a true passion for the music and I feel that everyone is in it to uplift the art as a whole, that is why you see so many collaborations, etc.
JB: Can you tell us some of your main influences?
TS: Muse, is my all time favorite band - I have been greatly influenced by them, from their arpeggios to chord progressions and basslines, they create such a massive sound with just 3 members. I appreciate the way they have continuously pushed the boundaries within their genre, while becoming more and more successful.
In the EDM world, as cliche as it might sound, I would have to say Tiesto is my main influence for what I do today. He is responsible for changing my view on the genre as a whole; his musical progression over the years and influence on the direction of the music is something that I truly admire.
JB: When you’re sitting at home, what are a few go-to records/bands/producers you put on?
TS: I listen to a wide range of music from artists such as Ray Lamontagne, John Mayer, Muse, Radiohead, Big L, and Jay Z to name a few and copious amounts of Dance Music of course!
JB: Are you as good a dancer as a dance musician?
TS: Haha I do not dance much, I just kind of move to the music when I am up there, I do have some friends who can really dance though and it's fun to watch them have a good time when I am spinning
JB: What do you have in store for the rest of the year? Any big plans?
TS: Yes, I am working on some really big collaborations that I am very excited about, as well as continuing to tour the US. I am honestly taking everyday one step at a time and letting my team take care of the future, I am just hear to make good music and play fun shows while evolving my sound.