Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyler Murphy.
Tyler, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Corvallis Oregon, a small college town about an hour and a half south of Portland. My family has always been very passionate about music so when I decided I wanted to take up playing the guitar at the age of nine, they were behind me one hundred percent. My folks put me in private lessons and shortly after, my teacher Chris Arellano started his own Rock School that put kids across the community into rock bands complete with mohawks, lights, eyeliner and plenty of rock and roll. The experience at Chris’ Rock School was a huge gateway into what I do now and gave me very valuable experience of the importance of being able to play with other musicians. After graduating high school, I made my move to Los Angeles to study guitar performance at a higher level at the LA College of Music in Pasadena. It was there that I really started to make the transition from more rock-based music to the Rnb, funk, and soul music that I specialize in now. I had teachers get me hip on studio legends like Paul Jackson Jr. which definitely showed me some different and soulful yet technical applications of the guitar.
After graduating from college, I started taking up quite a few gigs playing hip hop and Rnb music building relations with various musicians and artists across the city and even did a 3-month gig in Seoul, South Korea playing in the Hard Rock Cafe house band. When I returned from Seoul in 2016, I started creating music with my now girlfriend Tiera Beverly. The Instagram videos we had shared in the first few months of our relationship opened the door to me playing for SoulfulofNoise, one of the biggest independent artist platforms in LA. I will have had My 100th show with them in February. As of now, my main focus is writing, producing and playing guitar for Tiera as well as playing for SoulfulofNoise.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a professional Guitarist. I specialize in groove-based music like Rnb and Funk but have experience in most genres as well. I guess my main message is my voice through my instrument. I am a very passionate music listener and have definitely have been completely moved by some guitar players and the intricate way each player has their own unique style so I hope to make my listeners feel the same way when they hear my voice. If I can make people get up and dance, that’s even better.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I don’t think the Role of the artist has necessarily changed. Art has and always will be a reflection of the human experience. Art is political, art is fun, art is sexy… it’s everything and anything as long as you are creative to give it the role you want it to have. I would say personally, I prefer my art to be an escape from a lot of the world events by focusing on the micro rather than macro side of life. I am always reading and being up to date on local and global politics so it’s nice to tune out an all that stuff every once in a while by diving head into mine or someone else’s art that isn’t really about those things.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I am playing constantly with my girlfriend Tiera Beverly and with SoulfulofNoise as well as various sessions I get called for. The best way to support me is to keep tabs on me through Instagram. I post quite a bit about upcoming shows as well as concert footage and Tiera’s music.
- Website: Soulfulofnoise.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @tylersmurphy
Pictures by Brittany Lyles (@blylesphotography), Jason Puma (@allgoodthingsaredead), Scoop (@shootbyscoop)