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Q&A w/ The Terrifying Lows

Does each member of the band have a nickname? If yes, spill them! If not, please make them up right now!

Oh god. I have many nicknames. As my name is Tyler, most people tend to call me “T- enter extension here”. Eg. T-Swiz, T Swizzle, T-Dog, T-Bag, T-Pain, Tylipops (my fave). More embarrassingly, my lifelong nickname that everyone in my family calls me is Spud. Not many people know about that one.

Have you been involved in any previous projects before this one?

I’ve been kicking around the Melbourne music scene for the past 8 years as a bass player. Most notably I play in Ali Barter’s band and I’ve recorded with Gretta Ray and toured with Husky.

All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’r experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?

I think you just can’t stop creating. Even if you’ve got nothing. You can’t stop. If you stop, a brief dry spell can turn into a drought.

How do you think social media has affected the Australian music scene?

I don’t know if it has affected the local scene as much as it has overseas. I mean, I can’t think of any Biebers in the Oz scene that got famous from uploading videos. Most people I know are still doing it pretty old school. But just now they’re expected to relentlessly post pictures of themselves looking bad arse. Hashtag live your best life.

What is your local scene like?

I’m ashamed to say it but I’m terrible at going out to local venues to check out what’s going on around town. I tour a lot and see loads of great bands on the road. Ball Park Music and These New South Whales are recent stand outs. But if I’m not touring I’m probably in bed burning through season after season of Buffy.

What is your favourite track to perform live?

My first show with The Terrifying Lows is coming up soon so we will see! I’ve recently rediscovered the riff and a new song of mine explores that. It’s working title is ‘Sandals and Socks’. I have a feeling thats gonna be a goodie live.

What are some of your earliest musical influences that have found their way into the music you’re currently making?

I’ve never moved away from rock solid stone cold pure gold hard rocking. Being born in ’91, I was obsessed with the rock bands of the early 2000s… The Hives, The Strokes, The Vines. You can definitely hear that in my music now.

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why?

I’ve had the pleasure of playing in a lot of the venues around the country. From dive bars to arenas. I always think very fondly of this one time I played at Jive Bar in Adelaide. It reminded me of the Bronze (the bar from Buffy).

There’s a full 80s/90s pop culture and music resurgence happening right now, are you into it?

Yeah I’m into it. Maybe not so much the 80s vibes. Personally, I’ve skipped the 80s, taken a little bit of 90s, but mostly I’m working on my own early 2000s revival.

What festival is #1 on your list that you’d love to play one day?

I’ve never played Meredith Music Fest or Golden Plains. Playing the Sup’ is definitely on my bucket list!

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Hatchie: Beautiful 90s-esque pop song writing with a glassy guitar aesthetic. Why would you not get down with that?

Francesca Gonzales: An incredible voice on a very talented musician. New school RnB with a dark electronic tinge.

Zoe Fox and the Rocket Clocks: Quirky Lo Fi pop rock. Bold and fun. Zoe and I also share a very talented guitar player.

All three of these very talented artists are all heading for great things. Jump on the train or get left behind. The choice is yours.