Tyler Hilton Talks "Forget the Storm"
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 08:29:34
Tyler Hilton taps into an infectious pop rock sound on his latest album, Forget the Storm.
You might know him from One Tree Hill as Chris Keller or his super cool turn in Walk the Line as Elvis Presley. However, Hilton's got quite the knack for a hook, and it's loud and clear on the likes of "Prince of Nothing Charming". At the same time, he's not afraid to let loose and really rock out on "Loaded Gun". Ultimately, the album is a catchy and fun romp that deserves multiple listens.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Tyler Hilton talks Forget the Storm [available now] and so much more.
Did you approach Forget the Storm with one vibe in one mind?
Well, the most important goal was to get a record out [Laughs]. For five years, I'd been working on an album called The Storms We Share at Warner Bros. I was having the hardest time with the system. It was really weird. When I left the label, it'd been so long since I put out a record. I had no songs and I was starting over, so to speak, except for my older ones. I felt like I'd just gone through a crazy breakup and lost all of my furniture so I had to rebuild. The main thing was I needed an album. The fans had been waiting. I wanted to put something out and get on the road and tour again. I said, "I'm going to write new songs over the next six months and put this out." These tunes are all current so the record is a real honest and current slice of me, which makes it really interesting.
What's the story behind "Loaded Gun"?
I've been playing a lot of shows with my trio in Los Angeles. We've been doing a lot of residency stuff—rock 'n' roll style. When I first left Warner Bros., I wasn't into doing music anymore, but I had a bunch of shows booked. So, I started doing covers I really dig from The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and The Stray Cats. I realized that's what I like to do so I wrote "Loaded Gun" around that time. There was something about that time which felt so rebellious and dark. There was one foot out the door anyway. It was sexy and evil, and I wanted to write a song like that. I definitely feel that way on stage sometimes. I wanted to write a song which could speak to that. Usually, I go down that rode with covers so it felt good to do it with an original. Once you tap in, it's so fun. It's like Pandora's Box.
Where did "Prince of Nothing Charming" come from?
That's one of the most honest tunes on the record for sure. I've been in a relationship with my girlfriend for maybe five years now. It's an interesting to be in a relationship when you're a songwriter. So many songs are about new love or love budding. Or they ask, "Does she like me or not?" I wanted to write a love song that embraces my own flaws as a person and have that be what's romantic about the whole thing. There are two super flawed people and they love the shit out of each other [Laughs]. It was nice for me to write a song called "Prince of Nothing Charming" and go at it from that perspective.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I don't mean to, but it's the same thing as dreaming at night. I tune out and write. At the end of the day, I look at the songs like, "This is really cool." At the end of the day, it does have a story to it, but I can't really explain it. I don't try to write anything.
If Forget the Storm were a movie or a combination of movies what would you compare it to?
I haven't seen it yet, but I'd say it'd be part On the Road, the Jack Kerouac book, and part Great Balls of Fire!. It's somewhere between dangerous vintage rock 'n' roll and rambling wanderlust. That's what this record sounds like.
Do acting and music come from different creative places for you?
Yeah, they help each other because each takes pressure off of the other. It's always nice to take a break and do something else.
What music shaped you?
I've always been a huge fan of Elvis all around. I loved all of the Don Henley records after he left The Eagles. I've been listening to Bob Dylan since I was a kid as well. I was also raised on Delta Blues music like Muddy Waters.
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