4: People Just Want to See You Have Fun on Stage with Tyler Hamilton - Wilde Musicians Podcast
Americana Singer-Songwriter, Guitarist, Amp Builder | Seattle WA
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Let’s step inside Tyler Hamilton’s funky artist loft in Ballard, Seattle; it’s full of handmade musical equipment — he never wants any of his musical equipment to have a logo other than “Hamilton” on it. Coffee is brewing, his girlfriend is running out the door and we sit down to talk about the nerves he feels before he walks on stage, how he plays with people’s emotions, why it’s a good idea to record albums at the end of tours, and why rule-free house shows are the best gigs.
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“People just want to see someone having fun and not being afraid.” — Tyler Hamilton
“Realizing you’re in the flow is like waking up from a dream and everyone in the room is waking up with you at the same time; everyone is together.” — Tyler Hamilton
”When I’m writing a song, I’m writing it as something I would want to hear. — Tyler Hamilton
“You have to pick up speed and keep applying pressure and every choice you make has to be in that same direction; if you’re changing direction, you’re losing velocity and slowing down.” — Tyler Hamilton
“It will be a sad day if I’m not doing music. I would be quitting and I don’t ever want to quit. I want to learn to do it better.” — Tyler Hamilton
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT MUSIC?
“It starts by listening to music; that feeling of hearing a chord, a lyrics and a rhythm that just clicks and you can feel it in your whole body; it’s perfection. Just want to do that all the time like a drug. I want to recreate that in my own way. When I first started I was all about imitating… now I want to create new moments like that; that feels strongly about myself and other people feel strongly about it as well. It would be an amazing legacy to have your music touch someone they way other people’s music has touched you.”
ADVICE FOR YOUR PAST SELF
Always take the chance. If someone asks you to do something, just do it. You’re not going to regret it. You’re going to regret not doing it. Some of my most memorable experiences were when I took a chance and I silenced my critical voice and I jumped up on stage and took someone up on their offer. You’re so glad you did it. Don’t be afraid to take chances and quit worrying.
QUESTION FOR OTHER MUSICIANS
I would like to know how much of someone’s day, a serious artist’s day, is spent doing their work; the business work that is aimed toward their music goal. Contacting people, practicing etc… It’s cool to get a sense for where people sit percentage wise with their time, where it’s spent doing booking, promoting because right now I don’t have a great grasp on what it takes to promote. I know what it’s like to scramble a few weeks before but I see people constantly updating and pushing. What does it take?
Episode Recorded November 2018
Location: Tyler’s Loft in Ballard, Seattle WA
Episode Released February 6, 2019