I have experience with a number of genres, including folk, jazz, hip hop, indie rock & pop, R&B, soul, and a bit of electronic. I am a recording artist with over 30,000 plays across Spotify and Apple Music. I play all instruments and sing in all of my music. Lastly, I've been nominated for multiple awards by MIEUX Magazine and I am a Sofar alumnus.
I'm bringing with me to Soundbetter about 10 years of songwriting and composition expertise and 7 years of guitar- and bass-playing experience. I am able to write anything from songs to jingles to scores and I frequently make efforts to intertwine the client's brand vision with the piece of music that I am writing for them. I take into account the client's fan base, essence, and overall mission in order to create the best possible experience for myself, the client, and the end-user.
I specialize in psychedelic, folk, soul, surf, and hip hop music. However, I am able to create most types of music. I don't want to help you create a song or a piece of music. I want to help to create an experience that your end-user won't soon forget.
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Interview with Tyler Alfred Guerrier
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I make a hard rock song for my friend's short film. Before that, I had never really done any hard rock writing or production and I think I kicked ass considering. Additionally, it was my first time ever scoring a film.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently working on a personal EP set for release in January, as well as some other projects with friends.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet but hopefully soon!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog because some of my favorite music—James Taylor, 50s and 60s bossa nova, older folk, older jazz, older samba, etc—was recorded analog and just feels very warm and real. Tactile, almost.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To provide more value than the amount of money paid.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The intersection of branding and sound.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Do you write everything yourself? A: Yeah it's a blast!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That just because I know how to play guitar I can play any song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Everything branding. Questions about preferred feelings and textures. Questions about accompanying visuals or mental visions.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: For the most powerful results, focus on how you want the end-user to feel.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop and headphones, my electric guitar, an amp with a chorus and reverb, my microphone, and a bass guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been songwriting for 10 years and releasing music professionally for 4 years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Part visceral, part scientific. When I write, gut feeling and creative intuition are obviously prioritized over reasoning and logic. However, I do make efforts to pay attention to things both inside (song structure, song dynamics, instrument texture) and outside (target audience, brand vision, song use) of the record that require a bit of reason and logic—particularly when working with a client.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would absolutely love to work with Danger Mouse because I feel like his production style is really visceral and dramatic in a sense. From his work with the Gorillaz to the Broken Bells to Michael Kiwanuka, Danger Mouse kicks ass every time he's featured.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do your best to immerse the listener; to take them into a whole nother world.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually, I work on my own music, which is a combination of surf music, psychedelic music, pop, folk, and hip hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am the strongest at writing melodies.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring to a song a unique combination of my style along with what I feel the song actually calls for based on the client and their branding/style. With every song I write, I try to do subtle unique that serve to add character and freshness.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically, I start by noodling around on my guitar until I find something I like a lot. After I record the guitar, I program some simple drums so that I can lay down some bass guitar. Once the rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass guitar, and drums are all fleshed out, I begin to add additional things like pianos, synths, lead vocals, vocal harmonies, etc.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is fairly simple. I have a Scarlett 2i2 interface going into my 2019 Macbook Pro and outputting through a pair of JBL LSR 305s. My microphone is an AKG P220. For production and sound engineering, I use Slate Digital plugins, as well as KOMPLETE plugins.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am heavily inspired by Danger Mouse, Tame Impala, Mac Demarco, TOPS, Andy Shauf, Nujabes, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ducktails, Gardens and Villa, Foster The People, Hans Zimmer, and Emilíana Torrini.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Jingles, scores, writing and/or recording vocals, writing and/or recording guitar, programming drums. Sometimes I mix music as well.