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UPDATE FROM THE ROAD

Right now, I’m sitting on a tour bus in Toronto. I’ve been playing guitar for alternative rock/pop artist doing a national tour from July 20th to August 29th. So far, the shows have been incredible, and spirits are high. I’m really happy to be here, and I can’t wait to do it again!

In other news, I’ll be living in Los Angeles starting in September. Can’t wait to see my old pals!

The NICE GHOST record is being mixed and mastered as we speak, by Mr. Colt Capperrune in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s doing a great job, and I’m really proud of the record. I am being patient, and being sure to have all of the right things in place before the album’s release. As much as I want to show the world RIGHT NOW, I’m being patient so that I can have a strong rollout when it comes around.

Thanks for checking in! If you want to see more regular updates, swing by my Instagram page – @tylerajames

– Tyler

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Update 4/30/17

A whole lot is going on in my world!

First off, the night of May 1st I’m performing with an all-star cast of some of Nashville’s finest players at The Basement East – an evening of George Michael tunes. They asked me to come on board to sing a couple songs, and I couldn’t be more excited to do it!

My N I C E   G H O S T record is coming along well, and is almost finished. I expect to have copies ready, and be ready to hit the road in support of it by fall.

I recently started making tracks for TV/Film music libraries in LA – more on that later. Super pumped to have some new projects to work on.

I’ve been performing as guitarist and harmony vocalist with Braxton Calhoun, which has been going great – it’s always wonderful to have a great group of guys to go on the road with. It doesn’t even feel like work, because they’re making it so pleasurable. Anyway, in addition to playing with Braxton and the guys, I had the opportunity to produce his debut EP! I’m very happy to have been able to do the project. If you’re into country music and want to hear some of his songs that I produced, check it out on iTunes.

I also have recently started playing guitar for Charee White, a female rock/country singer from near where I grew up in Pennsylvania. Again, this is a great group of people to hang out and play with, so I’m looking forward to the shows we have coming up.

 

Introducing NICE GHOST

I have started a website where I’ll be posting all music and artwork related to my new Adult Alternative music project, NICE GHOST.

Visit it here.

Expect many updates to come. I am working on a studio album, and plenty of artwork to go along with it. I am very excited about this new venture.

Bad Suns

5 Ways to look (and BE) Professional

Sure, we work in the music business. Sure, it’s art, and art can’t be defined, but if you’re serious about having a career in the music business, you have to treat it the same way someone who wears a business suit to work treats their job. Here are five things that are absolutely essential if you want to be viewed as and treated like a real pro.

1. BE ON TIME. This is the big one. Don’t ever be late to anything, ever. Leave your house an hour early if you have to. Whatever you need to do to make sure you’re where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there, do it. No one wants to hear your excuses, and I’ve seen people lose their gigs over punctuality issues. Even if it’s a small gig at the local pub with your friends, or a relaxed rehearsal, show up early. Everyone will appreciate it. And if you’re the ONLY early one… keep it up! It’ll only help you in the long run.

2. HAVE PRO GEAR, IN GOOD CONDITION. Make sure you have the highest quality equipment that you can afford. You want gear that is durable, time-tested, made by trustworthy brands, and most of all, sounds great

Is your pedal board covered in dirt and sticky, dried up spilled booze? Or is it clean and organized? Are your cables neatly wrapped, or are they a tangled mess? Are your drum heads dented or cymbals cracked? These things ALL matter. It’s absolutely essential to keep your gear clean, organized, and in good working condition at all times. You should have backup supplies (cables, batteries, picks, sticks, etc) on hand. You should have a back-up plan for when something inevitably DOES go wrong when it counts. 

When you’re walking into an audition, one of the first things they’ll notice is your equipment. If it doesn’t scream “pro,” it’s screaming “amateur.” Get some road cases and keep your gear in good shape. Your career will thank you.

3. STAY SOBER. You knew this would come up eventually. You may be on stage and the crowd keeps feeding you shots or beers. You might think it’s rude to pass. But you should, and here’s why; simply put, being intoxicated on stage, or at rehearsal, makes you look like an amateur. You’ve probably heard people say things like “oh I can still perform just fine when I’m drunk,” but the cold hard truth is that they simply can’t. It may embarrass your band mates, it could upset the venue owner (who is expecting you to deliver a quality performance), and the audience will think you’re just another washed-up wannabe. Yes, that’s harsh, but it’s the truth. Keep a clear head until the job is done. Doing this will not only make you a better performer, but you’ll gain the respect of the other players, and that’s something you should be glad to earn.

4. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Exercise, diet, and rest. Repeat. When on stage, keeping up the energy is essential to putting on a good performance. In Nashville, lots of people play 4 hour sets downtown. Long sets like that are hard on your body and voice, so when you’re off stage, take the steps to keep yourself healthy and in shape. That way, you can rock out for a few hours and barely even break a sweat!

5. BE PREPARED. Don’t just learn the couple songs they asked you to learn. Learn the whole catalogue if you can! Don’t just learn your parts, learn the other parts, too! Practice until it’s second nature. Write out charts if you need to. Learn the lyrics. If you come to rehearsal or the show and you’re the most prepared one, you’ll be the one who gets more calls in the future. If you’re auditioning for an artist, learn as much of their material as possible in case they throw you a curveball. Copy the guitar tones, the drumming style, or the vocal style. All of these things will set you apart from the rest, and you’ll have a lot more luck landing the “dream gig.”
I could make a list of a million things, but to me, these are the top five.

Updates

It’s March of 2016, and a lot has happened since my last update. I am touring the country with The Tailgaters as lead guitar player and vocalist. We play over 250 shows a year outside of our home base of Nashville. Right now, we are traveling to the Chicago area, and performing tomorrow in Milwaukee, and then looping back down to Louisville, and then back to Nashville.

I have done some work on the side writing articles (see my post about writing for Takelessons.com), I’ve done some studio work, and I’ve started recording my new original record. I haven’t yet decided on a name for it, but I will launch the project publicly in 2016. Stay tuned for those updates!

NEWS, and NEW STUFF on my website!

Well folks, I’ve gotten pretty settled into the Nashville scene, playing around with Gracie and Joey, playing with other songwriters, sitting in with bands down on Broadway, and overall having a great time.

Before I talk about the new record I’m working on, I just wanted to draw attention to some of the changes on this site. I’ve updated everything. I’ve added a page to buy my EASTBOUND EP, as well as the old Radio Empire record “Wishing Well,” and you can find that stuff here. I’ve added an “experience highlights” page, which is essentially my online musical résumé here, a “samples” page for anyone interested in hearing/seeing some of my work if they were interested in hiring me, which can be accessed here, as well as an “education” page, with some information on the degree programs I have completed in music. Click around, let me know what you think in comments, or shoot me an e-mail at HelloTJames@gmail.com.

Now, for the fun stuff.

Soon, I plan on using this site to post video blog entries periodically – and they won’t always be musically related. This will be to keep anyone who’s paying attention up-to-date on what’s going on in my brain.

Lastly, I am working on an original record of country-influenced originals. Don’t think anything too crazy, though: in fact, I don’t believe there will be even one reference to pickup trucks or beer on my record. I’m going in a darker direction: think about what might happen if the guy from Radio Empire (me) decided to mellow out a whole lot and write a bunch of songs alternative country songs. I’m heavily influenced by country artists such as Garth Brooks and Hank Williams, but also the lyrical approach of artists such as Say Anything and Brand New. I’m excited to hear how it turns out when all is said and done. Stay tuned, and expect periodic updates.

 

Greetings from Nashville!

Hello, folks – I wanted to give a quick update. I now live in Nashville, Tennessee.

I haven’t disappeared – I’m just writing an album and getting settled in. Over the next few months, I’ll release a single or two, overhaul the website (again), and hopefully book some dates in the Northeastern US and mid-South.

Peace and Blessings,

Tyler A. James

“Artist Spotlight” on musicboxpete.com!

Hello, folks! I just wanted to share the exciting news that I’ve been featured on the musicboxpete.com Artist Spotlight for November 15, 2013! I’m honored and humbled reading what he said with regards to my music. Please click the link above and check out the write-up!

 

In other news, I’m planning a tour. More to come on that later.

 

-Tyler A. James

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