New Jersey, United States
Tyler Elden is an alternative/indie rock singer-songwriter from New Jersey, United States. Tyler’s songwriting incorporates a wide variety of influences ranging from progressive rock to folk. Performing as both a solo artist and with a high-energy backing band, he has garnered comparisons of early 2000s post hardcore acts from Philadelphia’s CherryVeeZine, and praise for his more intimate work with comparisons to Death Cab for Cutie from NJ’s The Mic blog.
The newest single from Tyler Elden entitled “Warmth Of The Sun” was released on April 29th and we managed to grab Tyler Elden for a review and interview!
“Warmth Of The Sun is a culmination of multiple figures in the New Jersey area music community and beyond. Written and produced by Tyler Elden with an all-star cast of musicians who work and perform with the likes of such artists as Heart, Emmylou Harris, and A Great Big Pile of Leaves. So, let's get into the review first before heading onto the interview!
WARMTH OF THE SUN REVIEW
This is a track that literally owns its title. Opening with jolly and warm guitar layers we hear strums and plucks that accompany a steady drumbeat to offer a pounding soft rock piece. As the vocals are introduced to the track we hear the sunshine that comes from within this artist. I loved the anticipation offered by the mix. The progressive elements lift and lower the feel of the track in all of the right places to keep the listener interested. One thing I would say is that I would have liked to have heard the vocals a slight bit more. The vocals feel slightly buried in the mix and some of the vocal tone isn't showcased the way that it maybe should be. Having said that, this track is an uplifting one that works really well! Click the link below to hear it for yourselves especially if uplifting indie rock is your vibe!
What would be your ultimate achievement for your latest single? Is there a particular vision that you had when putting the song together?
The main objective of “Warmth Of The Sun”, and the current batch of songs was to have new material to go out on a solo acoustic tour. When I was writing these tunes, I didn’t have a ton of time to get precious about expectations or hold on too tightly to a concrete vision, as I had a little over a month to create 40 minutes of music. The greatest achievement of the single is that it has carried me all the way out to Louisville, KY where I am writing you from. I wanted to challenge myself to not only go on a pretty extensive run of dates, but to do so with songs that are completely fresh. It has been quite the undertaking, but I have felt so lucky to sing for people in different cities every night.
If you could define music in one short sentence (no cheating) what would you say?
Quietly devastating (kind of a joke).
One artist you would bring back to life?
When did you first realise that you had the potential to be an artist? Is there a memory that has stuck in your mind as the turning point for you?
When I was much younger, I didn’t think about being an “artist” all that much. I was simply obsessed with the guitar. By the time I was in elementary school my music teacher told my parents that they should invest some money into guitar lessons for me. I would say around age 11 I was already playing around with writing my own songs. I wasn’t old enough yet to be too self-conscious of anything. Sometimes I listen back to a home recorded album I made at age 12 and am blown away by my lack of inhibitions. A part of me wishes I could embrace my younger self and not be so critical as an adult making music. I would say by the age of 14 I was pretty determined to make music a major part of my life, and I made the decision to pursue a music degree.
Do you play any instruments? If not, is there a specific one that you'd like to learn?
Guitar is my primary instrument, but I can hold it together on piano, drums, and bass. I’d love to learn violin / cello but I don’t think I’ll ever have the time to devote to doing so.
How would you define your sound?
Loud Alternative / Grunge / Indie Rock with a side of delicate folk singer-songwriter vibes depending on the day.
What's the story behind your artist name?
My first name is Tyler. The last name Elden pays tribute to some of my Norwegian ancestry.
What is the biggest challenge you've faced as an artist?
Having the resources to create as often as I want to.
What are your future plans? What can we look forward to for the rest of 2022?
I will continue touring throughout the rest of 2022, both solo and with my band. I will also be releasing quite a bit of music regularly.
Where would you like to be 5 years from now?
I’d like to think that I will still have the drive and passion to continue working on music for the rest of my life.
Where can we find the track? Links to socials and distribution handles
All socials = @mrtylerelden
Spotify = https://open.spotify.com/artist/1smmCf3ro5Yyg0xZPRltvx
Bandcamp = https://tylerelden.bandcamp.com/