“Gasoline is what it takes to get things moving and this is the album that’s going to take us from one place to another.” Those are the words of Tyler Connolly the front man for the Vancouver band Theory of a Deadman who are tearing up the charts and entertaining crowds throughout the country. Currently on tour with Saliva and Trapt, Tyler took a moment to answer a few questions about songwriting and the new live show.
When you begin to write a song, what inspires you?
Tyler: I always like to be alone when I get ideas for a song, sometimes I go for a walk or a drive somewhere.
Has success affected your songwriting?
Tyler: Not really, I guess you will always feel the pressure of writing hits songs but not enough to chip away at my creativity.
Who were your influences when you were learning to play?
Tyler: My father had one of those huge record players that doubled as a piece of furniture. He had a lot of old records that I listened to like, The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Supertramp.
How do you think your live performances are different from your albums?
Tyler: We try to make our live performances as close as we can sonically to the album. We have a lot of energy when we play and somehow try to get the audience involved in the show.
What was your first concert ever?
Tyler: Ice T when I was 13.
What is in your car stereo?
Tyler: I have no idea; I live on a tour bus.
Do you have a songwriting ritual?
Tyler: No, every song is different.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career so far?
Tyler: Something new everyday. We play with amazing bands all the time and everything we do is memorable.
Are there any tracks that are your personal favorites?
Tyler: I love the song in the middle. I wrote that song about my girlfriend. I think a lot of people can relate to feeling that way about somebody and that song is true to my heart.
What message, if any, do you want them to walk away with after listening to your record?
Tyler: Nothing, its just music.
Tell me about a book or two that you’ve read that you think other people should read?
Tyler: If chins could kill by Bruce Campbell, the star of the evil dead series writes a book about his life, I admire that actor and loved the book.
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on creativity? Spiritually?
Tyler: Admiration of others bands drives me to try to write great songs.
What turns you off?
Tyler: Fuck if I know.
What is your favorite curse word?
What sound or noise do you love?
Tyler: The motor of the bus, means bed time.
What profession other than your own would like to attempt?
What profession would like not to do?
Tyler: Tour manager.
If heaven exists, what would like to hear god say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Tyler: There must be some mistake.
What advice would give new musicians who want to get started in the business?
Tyler: Make music for fun and that’s it. This business can take all the fun out of it and kill the musician in anyone. Stick to the basics. Do what you love or you’re doomed! Thanks for the questions now I must go pick up strippers and write songs so I can be a millionaire and buy a lambourgine, just kidding!