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Music is simply a heightened form of communication, and it's my job to do whatever I can to help the artist communicate with the audience that exceeds expectations on both sides. Often times the technical aspect plays a smaller part of my role, with a genuine love and joy for music and performance, a focus on building and maintaining truly positive interpersonal relationships, and setting up an atmosphere that lends itself to the artist operating with total creative openness.
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Interview with Tyler Davis
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was FOH for an event for Childrens Hospital LA where Foo Fighters and Pharrell performed. There was a special moment where a young girl, a cancer survivor, was invited on stage with Pharrell. You could feel the love and support in the air when Pharrell and this young girl shared a heartfelt hug. Magic moment and you couldn't write in a script better.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Rehearsals for a Beastie Boys theater tour.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whichever gets that specific vision across. But also, I'm most a digital guy.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I put all I have to give into each gig, and I will do my damnedest to get other to do the same.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being a part of the team that makes the show happen. Overcoming all of the mini mount Everest style challenges that crop up daily, seeing the energy exchange between the artist and the fans, going to sleep with a smile and doing it all again the next day!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's just buttons and knobs. Making the artist and anyone the artist interacts with comfortable and confident is should be the goal of the whole team. I see that as a big part of my role. It can sound as sweet as heaven, but if the artist is not comfortable or confident, the fan's experience will suffer.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the camps favorite thing to do on days off? Is there a soccer ball on the bus? Do they know how to play LRC?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Technical know-how is great, but personality and working compatibility is key to a touring or show situation where the wrong "vibe" can de-rail an artists performance as much or more than a technical failure. Be sure to hire people that add a positivity to the camp as a whole, as it makes touring feel like a vacation!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neck pillow, custom in-ears, iPad, chocolate dipped blueberries and melatonin.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a musician with a bent for the technological, and that second love grew into my passion, because I love being a part of the presentation of the music and the artistry, but I'm not one to chase fame. Been doing this for about 12 years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Andy Grammer, Bruno Mars, and Jim Gaffigan.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, RnB, Gospel, Rock and Polka.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Sleeping on the bus! I think being well rested to attack the challenges of the day is very important.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like be brought in early in the process of putting a touring show together. I like to work with the artist and their team to come up with a vision that we can deploy while dealing with the constraints of time and budget. I see each project as a unique challenge, and I love being a part of the team that figures it out!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Industry professionals like David Schierman (president of AES) and Craig Doubet (Michael Buble, Selena Gomez) are huge inspirations to me. They have built a legacy of hard work and innovation through years of consistency and teamwork to create world-class productions.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: From pre-production and rehearsals, to touring and fly dates, I'll help you design, implement and execute the show that the fans deserve!