“I try to paint pictures through both the lyrics and the music,” said Orlando electronic artist Jasontyler in a recent email interview. “I draw a lot of my inspiration from personal experience and the experiences of those around me that I talk to as well as celestial and outer space imagery, the ocean and fantasy settings relating to elves and so on. Music was always a way of coping and escaping from my troubles, which is why I like my songs sounding like an adventure.”
Jasontyler’s musical influences encompass several genres and styles from 80's synthpop to Nirvana to Fall Out Boy, Shiny Toy Guns, Kill Hannah, Coheed and Cambria, AFI, LIGHTS, Sonny, Anberlin and Ellie Goulding. “I have a lot of admiration for LIGHTS. I love her style and work ethic along with her overall attitude and personality. We’ve had jam sessions and hangouts where she’s given me a lot of advice and support. I feel that it says a lot about a persons character when they remain down to earth and humble following success, especially when they sit and chat/give advice and feedback to an upcoming artist of the music scene.”
He started writing songs when he was 8 and he plays several different instruments. “I played the alto sax in band, started teaching myself guitar and from there I continued to pick up new instruments and eventually started recording/producing, all self-taught. My parents were supportive of my musical drive but didn’t have the money to buy me gear and put me through lessons so I was on my own in that sense.”
Jasontyler has a unique style in his performances. He heads to the stage with his acoustic guitar, hooks up his beats, synth lines and sound effect tracks and treats audiences to something they weren’t expecting, nor too familiar with. “I have a background not only in electro/synthpop, but in pop punk, metal, pop rock, and ambient acoustic as well. I try to bring it all together in a way that blends smoothly without sounding too cluttered.”
He’s new to Orlando, moving here last year from South Florida. While he feels the Orlando music scene could be more diverse, he thinks there’s a better music scene here. “The Orlando scene was an improvement from South Florida, which was dying. People come out to shows here, I’ve met a lot of people and there’s been much more support.”
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