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Today, our Spotlight – Tyler Lorette. Hailing from the TGA Tyler comes to us to talk about his music and his growth in the industry. From writing, singing and even TikTok Tyler does it all so take a look at the convo we had with the talented young artist.

Spotlight – Tyler Lorette
Canadian alt-pop star Tyler Lorette is here with us today. Tyler, could you please give an introduction to our readers?

Hey everyone, I’m Tyler and I am an 18-year-old singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada.

Musical influences aside, what are other thoughts, feelings, events, or people in your life that you put into your music?

My music incorporates a lot of what I am going through at the time, sometimes what a friend is going through or what I think the world needs to hear. I am always listening and absorbing everything around me and eventually, it makes its way into some lyrics on a song.

What was your first instrument? How old were you when you started and why?

The first instrument I picked up was the guitar and I dragged that around since I was four years old.  I remember my dad buying it because he wanted to learn how to play, but he didn’t have the patience for it, so he gave up. The guitar was bigger than I was, but I picked it up and from that point on I never put it down.  From there, I just kept practicing the guitar and then decided to learn the piano, drums, mandolin, and ukulele. I just love instruments!

Your newest song, “Phantom” just dropped! How do you feel about the way it was received so far? Any reactions that surprised you?

So far, the song has been well received and I think it’s because so many people can relate to it.  I mean I feel bad for anyone who has gone through it or is going through some heartache, but I think music helps a person to heal.

What was the process behind the writing of “Phantom?”

I was going through a break-up, and I was sitting at my piano and started playing the melody and the lyrics “feeling numb and shutting down emotionally, trying to block out all of our memories” just came out. Then I looked up at some other lyrics I was writing about the person, and I thought to myself I want to light those on fire, so I added “I just burned the lyrics I wrote for you”. Literally, the entire song just came out of me, and I had a rough draft in place. From there, I created a track, worked on some improvements, and then brought in the rest of my team to help with perfecting it.

How has your music writing style changed since you released your first single in 2019? How have you grown as a musician?

Yes, my style has changed a bit because I am older now with more life experience, so I have more to write about. One thing that hasn’t changed is that I am always thinking about lyrics and melodies.  I often wake up in the middle of the night to write it on my phone, so I don’t forget about it by the morning.

The music video suits the song brilliantly. You really had to exercise your acting abilities. Do you find it easy or difficult to put yourself in that headspace? How do you not break character?

Thank you, I am really pleased with the video and how it turned out. It felt natural when I was performing in the video because I was feeling every lyric in the song, so I just stayed in the moment until the camera went off.

Your career blasted off with the assistance of the social media app TikTok. What has been your secret to success on the platform?

TikTok is a great platform.  I find that putting out quality, consistent content is what has helped me grow on the platform and live streaming of course.  Also, to mix things up I sometimes invite my family to sing with me and my followers seem to like the family content.

Speaking of TikTok that’s where all your covers are. Who are your favorite artists to cover?

Yes, I have tons and tons of covers on TikTok in every genre. I like covering Justin Bieber, James Arthur, Bruno Mars, Adele, Why Don’t We, and even some Morgan Whalen and Johnny Cash sometimes.

What would you say to young Canadians such as yourself back in the day who are trying to find success in the same way?

I would say to enjoy the journey you are on and keep doing what you love, keep grinding, have fun, and don’t compare yourself to other artists just do you.

What does 2022 have in store for Tyler? Can we look forward to an album in the near future?

I have a lot going on this year which is exciting now that we are finally back to live concerts. I do have a lot of music also coming but I can’t share any other details on that quite yet. 

Balancing school and a music career is quite the feat. Do you ever feel like you have missed out on the typical teenage experience or has the benefit of living your dream far outweighed anything else?

Right now, I am in my first year at Berklee juggling my career and a degree in music production. Not going to lie it has been hard over the years and I have had to make some sacrifices like quitting hockey to focus on music, but it’s all worth it to me because this has always been my dream.

Spotlight – Tyler Lorette
How are your interactions with your audience? If you were to describe them in one word what would it be?

My fans are literally the best.  They are “devoted” and I don’t know where I would be without them. They motivate me so much and I love connecting with them.

Thank you for joining us today. Before you go what is one fun fact you want to share with your fans?

Hmm.. let’s see something they may not know is when I’m done a session at the studio, I always stop at Starbucks for a Vente Iced Chai Latte.

As the Spotlight – Tyler Lorette comes to an end I just want to thank Tyler for spending some time with us

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