Exclusive Interview with Tyler Toliver

Tyler Toliver Why country music ?
~ That’s an easy one. Country music is literally who I am and how I live. It’s not necessarily about the genre of music as it is the stories and reality of the musicians and artists who sing and play country music. Those who don’t listen to country music always make the joke of losing your wife…your dog….your house… and the reality is Country music is sometimes sad, yes, but now days it’s more about good friends, strong families, farms, parties and funny stories.

If everything would be possible (waking the dead included) , which two people should sing the ultimate country duet?
~ Hmm The Ultimate duet… I’m going to say Chris young and Martina McBride. Both of their voices just reach out and grab you and to hear the two of them sing live would be epic for sure.

What song you ever recorded means the most to you and why?
~ The most meaningful song to me is Crazy. I wrote it at the very young age of 13. I won’t say I had a “rough” life growing up but I was definitely a little less fortunate than some. In the end run I’m thankful for that because it taught me to work hard and instilled a very strong work ethic that I live by to this day. Crazy is about struggles in life and being able to overcome them.

Who would you like to write a song for you?
~ I have two favorite writers right now. The first being Chris Young, and the second being Brantley Gilbert. Either one of those guys would be awesome. Even better If I got to co-write it with them.

Whisky wine beer or water?
~ Ughh YES! Ha ha. Jack Daniels is one of my best friends for all the write reasons. My two drinks of choice when I’m out or at a “gathering” is either Jack and Coke or Miller Lite I’m from Wisconsin, So I was raised on Miller products. That’s sounds horrible but true. Water is always a good drink during the day and or the morning after an epic outing with the boys.

What is the question interviewers never asked you while you were always hoping they would. (and give us your answer)?
~ The question I’m never asked : What is your drive for continuing to chase the dream of being in music. My Answer: A lot of people who think those of us who are chasing big goals as individuals who want to be filthy rich and famous on the cover of magazines everywhere, for me…its people. I’m a people person I’ve been that way my entire life. I love meeting new people and talking to as many as I can. I can remember a face and the place we met for years… names I’m horrible with. I think my biggest aspiration is getting feedback on people being able to listen to one of my songs to help them get through a tough time in their life…or to celebrate. The People listening are what keep me moving forward.

Describe the ultimate recording studio (not the technique but the facilities)
~ An Ultimate recording studio would be one where you’re treated as a friend. Everyone there makes you feel right at home. The rooms are comfortable and clean. The engineer and, or producers know exactly what they are doing and exactly what to listen for. There is very little down time when work needs to be done. In a Nut Shell. Omni Studios in Nashville. If I have it my way… I won’t use another studio unless I absolutely have to.

Johnny or June ?
~ Mr. Cash by far. The man’s a legend in so many ways and I feel he is a big root of where country music. He sang about Love, and Problems, and Drinking …. What more can you ask for?

Give us your top 3 country songs ever.
~ My top 3 country songs ever. This is a hard one. Ok Here goes….1.) Friends in Low Places- Garth Brooks 2.) Time marches on- Tracey Lawrence 3.) Have you forgotten- Darryl Worley. Have you forgotten is a very powerful song and being in the Marine Corps for the past 4 years and having met Darryl. Every word he sings involving patriotism is 100% true.

What was the most memorable day in your musical career and tell us why.
~ The Most memorable day was the day I met my manager. I was walking around the parking lot of a Toby Keith concert playing and singing for people that were tailgating. I had my buddies handing out my cheaply recorded demo CD’s and my business cards that had my facebook, myspace, and youtube information on them. I jogged past this big RV (I was running to the woods to relieve myself) when I hear a voice say “I’ll drive ya around the country for 20%”. That was about all she wrote. Greg Schick is my manager, and before we met he had very little knowledge of the music business but he saw me as an opportunity or new project if you will and we began. Since then, which was close to two years ago now…he has learned so much and some of the things he explains to me blows my mind. I had a “manager” before but we didn’t really do anything in the year that I was with him. My career really kicked off after Greg came along. Within the first two months I was booked 5-6 nights a week playing everywhere we could. As soon as we had made enough money to get to Nashville we went. Here we are about to release my first Album “Unstoppable” and I have never been happier. I can’t wait to get back to the states and keep the ball rolling. With out the help of the fans I’d still be nothing. I owe my success so far to the people who push my name constantly and send me letters and packages. I’d like to thank them all…on record.

Tyler Toliver

Answers given on August 15, 2011